Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 19th, 2018
BluRay Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Approximate running time: 84 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono Spanish
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Encoding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Martine de Bressac returns home, after a brief stay in a mental institution, only to discover that her husband Armand is having an affair with a man named Fiore. Norma is a novice nun, whose violated body is discovered in the woods by Armand, who takes the young woman home. Armand, Norma and Fiore conspire to murder Martine and taking her fortune.
With Sinfonía Erótica, Jess Franco returns once again to the writings of the Marquis De Sade for inspiration. The plot center’s around wealthy woman, whose husband wants to dispose of her and collect her riches. This film confines the action to one house and the grounds surrounding it. And the plot unfolds is a dream like way. With visuals and music coexisting as one.
The sex scenes are very raw and at times animalistic. Throughout this film, Jess Franco often uses sound to heighten the mood. With moaning and other sexual sounds echoed. This film’s main location archaic looking structure, serves the story well.
Despite this film’s deliberately slow pacing. The film never loses any of its charm. With jealously being the main factor, that ties all the characters together. The films ending features a satisfying twist, that is all to appropriate for what leads up to it.
The cast is led by a mesmerizing performance from Lina Romay in the role of a jilted wife named Martine de Bressac, who is tormented by her unfaithful husband. There are plenty of moments, where Lina Romay fondles herself and a sensual lesbian tryst with Susan Hemingway’s character Norma. Another stand out performance is that of actress Susan Hemingway in the role of Norma, a nun who is perverted by Martine’s sadistic husband.
When compared to Jess Franco’s other Marquis De Sade adaptations, Sinfonía Erótica is holds up well. With one of this film’s greatest strengths being how it’s narrative blurs the line in regards to what is real and what is a dream / nightmare is not ever defined. The films score is mostly comprised of Franz Liszt’s Dream of Love No.3.
Sinfonía Erótica comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Before the film there is a disclaimer about the source used for this transfer.
“Sinfonía Erótica was scanned in 4k from the only known print of this version. The element was a 35mm exhibition print and although we have restored some of the more egregious damage, this presentation does exhibit some signs of wear and tear. An element in superior condition is not known to exist.”
It should also be noted that this film has a deliberate soft-focus look and this transfer does a great job retaining this film’s intended look. All things considered this transfer looks very good and it is easily the best this film has looked on home video to date.
Extras for this release include, an interview with director Jess Franco (6 minutes 34 second, in English with English subtitles) and an interview with Stephen Thrower author of Murderous Passions – The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco (22 minutes 22 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Jess Franco include, his first wife Nicole Guettard, Soledad Miranda and Lina Romay.
Topics discussed in the interview with Stephen Thrower include, background information about Sinfonía Erótica, locations, the cast, the score, the visuals and his thoughts about the film.
Overall Sinfonía Erótica gets a first-rate release from Severin Films.
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