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Barbarella (1968) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, David Hemmings, Milo O'Shea, Anita Pallenberg
  • Directors: Roger Vadim
  • Producers: Dino de Laurentiis
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Q1GKNC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,678 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The year is 40,000 on Planet Lythion where Barbarella (Jane Fonda) makes a forced landing during a secret mission to find the lost evil scientist Durand Durand. Once there, she must use her skills, style, beauty and eroticism to vanquish evil in the form of robots and monsters.

See Barbarella do her thing in the wild excessive machine, in the biting bird cage, in the chamber of dreams, in the labyrinth of love, in the deadly doll house, in the palace of pleasure. You'll find adventure beyond your imagination, when you get lost in space with Barbarella.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I confess that I have a soft spot for this film. It was made the year after I was born, and when it was shown on TV in about 1975/6, it was the first time that I ever saw a naked lady on the small screen. I was suitably goggle-eyed. As a result, the film lived long in my memory.
Barbarella is a gloriously campy and silly sci-fi send-up. The titular lead character, played by Jane Fonda, is a nymphomaniac, intergalactic space agent, who goes on a mission to find a missing inventor. During her adventure, she meets a curious combination of aliens, creatures, eccentric oddballs, and she has to learn about methods of sex which are, if you'll excuse the pun, alien to her.
This movie is definitely worth watching for fans of cult movies, classic sci-fi, and the plain weird "out there" flicks. Jane Fonda is perfectly cast, and she has never looked more beautiful. From the very famous opening scene, where she strips nude, whilst floating about in her space craft, she frequently sheds her clothing. There is lots of use of space age technology, including rockets, lasers, and guns.
There is a vaguely scary scene, where Barbarella is attacked by some nefarious, living, porcelain dolls, with gnashing razor teeth (possibly an inspiration for the much later horror film starring the killer doll Chucky - Child's Play [DVD] [1988] ). There are multiple scenes with bare breasts, naked female bodies in silhouette, implied sexual intercourse, talks about sex, and overall there is a very strong sensation of sensuality and suggestiveness.
It wouldn't be too harsh to describe Barbarella as a very naughty Carry On type of film.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elric on 3 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I must confess that the first review I read of the recently released blu ray had me spooked.
My pre-order had arrived and was as yet unviewed. Haven't watched the whole movie yet but here are my first impressions of the transfer. The picture quality wasn't the disaster I expected. True there is a degree of grain which is only to be expected on a movie more than 50 yrs old, and to be fair there are much better preserved examples of similar or older vintage out there (e.g. Zulu) but the mastering job is actually fairly decent. Those who like to make a correlation between video bit rate and image quality will be pleased to hear the video rate is continually nudging the 40 Mb/sec mark. (Something this film shares with Zulu and other top transfers). The grain is quickly forgotten after a few minutes.

Comparing it with the R2 dvd reveals that they've either found a better original or managed to clean it up quite a bit.
The R2 dvd shows a lot of flaws on the master (i.e. white/black "sparklies") which are almost entirely absent on the blu ray.
Resolution is much improved on the blu ray and makes the purchase well worthwhile.
If you have a huge screen and have a tendency to sit too close then the grain might be a deal-breaker for you but for anyone else I say enjoy this version because it's as good as you'll get (for the moment....)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MV on 10 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Nothing special to report here. Being on Blu-ray there is the obvious increase in picture quality to high definition, the film hasn't been restored since its last DVD release, but still looks good. Sadly, this jump to HD is the only reason to buy it. No extras other than a teaser trailer. I think the biggest disappointment is the sound. It's still mono. This is fine for purists as the film was shot and originally presented in mono. I was hoping for an alternative 5.1 mix, but no. Is the movie any good? I think it's an all-time '60s classic, please look at other reviews or IMDB if you want to know about the film itself. This is purely a technical review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shadowman666 on 1 Mar 2013
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Always loved this movie and up till now have owned it on video and dvd format so I'm delighted to have it now on blu-ray. The picture and sound quality are both very good and worth getting it on blu-ray.
As for the film itself it's just a really fun flick drenched in awesome 60's style, tongue in cheek humour and cutesy eroticism.
Jane Fonda is smokin' hot and delivers the comedy and sometimes absurd scenarios with effortless genius.
Great movie, highly recommended!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By DP Stone on 12 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
It had been a few years since I watched "Barbarella", and watching it again for a second time recently was joy, like discovering its kitsch joys for the first time all over again!
There's no point dwelling on the plot, because it's as thin and transparent as most of Jane Fonda's outfits! This is pure high camp comedy, wonderfully played up a superb cast. Some wonderful characters, brilliant one liners, and some of the oddest sets and costumes ever seen on film. Highly unenjoyable and would be instantly forgettable were it not for Jane Fonda excelling as our heroine and also for introducing the name "Duran Duran" to the world!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on 28 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
It's said that a reviewer asked Vadim why he opened the film with the free-fall strip. He said "Plenty of people who don't care about science fiction will watch it just to see Jane Fonda nude, so I put that at the start so they didn't have to sit through the rest!"

Just to say that anyone who did walk out as soon as the credits had finished floating over Fonda's skin would have missed an erotic treat as well as a comic one.
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