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Real Emanuelle, The 
Written by: on December 13th, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: Pier Ludovico Pavoni
Writers: Mario di Nardo, Guido Leoni, Enzo Mancini, Pier Ludovico Pavoni, Tomaso Sherman
Cast: Laura Gemser, Enzo Bottesini, Venantino Venantini, Ugo Cardea, Olga Bisera, Ogilvy Chiffon, Rocky Laurence, Lorenzo Piani

DVD released: January 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: An engineer is sent to do mineral tests on a remote tropical island. The previous engineer who was sent to the island before him abruptly left the island and has not been heard from since. Shortly after his arrival the engineer is seduced by one of the island girl’s. Romantic rendezvous and a series of mishaps prevent the engineer from completing the job he was sent to do.

The Real Emanuelle aka “Amore libero – Free Love” is a pretty standard tropical island romp that would have most likely fallen into obscurity if it wasn’t for the fact that it is the feature film debut of Laura Gemser. She is most known for her collaborations with director Joe D’Amato on a handful of Italian produced Emanuelle films. Even there are certainly similarities between the Janine character that she would portray in The Real Emanuelle and Emanuelle for which she is forever linked. There are also enough differences between these two characters that the re-titling of this film to The Real Emanuelle appears to have been done to capitalize on the character she is most known for.

The engineer, like his predecessor are both tempted by beautiful island girls and the tropical island paradise that has yet to be corrupted by the industrialized world from which the engineers came from. This tropical island paradise also could be viewed as a modern day “Garden of Eden”. Of course there is more to this film than, meet an island girl who wants to have sex as much as possible. The main sub plot involves a character who uses black magic to prevent the engineer from doing his job. Without giving too much away, the black magic angle plays in important part in the films finale.

While any film featuring Laura Gemser is sure to offer up plenty of eye candy. Even her presence in this film is not enough to save this film and its predictable plot. Besides the participation of Laura Gemser, the only thing remotely memorable about this film is Fabio Frizzi’s score which has Nico Fidenco (Emanuelle in America) vibe to it.

The DVD:

The Real Emanuelle, is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.77:1 aspect ratio. There are a few instances where the credits are not fully on the screen which leads me to believe that the image for this transfer was is slightly cropped. After the opening credits there are no other noticeable moments of cropping. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The film opens with a few noticeable tape rolls and other imperfections from what looks like a VHS source. The image look soft, details looked smeared, colors and flesh tones never look accurate and there are a noticeable artifacts and compression issues throughout.

This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been provided. The subtitles are easy to follow and error free. The audio mix fares better than the transfer, outside of some mild background noise dialog is clear throughout.

Extras for this release include an image gallery with stills and poster art. Overall The Real Emanuelle gets a mediocre transfer that is on par with Mafia Connection’s lackluster transfer.

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