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Bettie Page: Dark Angel [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Paige Richards , Frederick Bald , Nico B.    DVD
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paige Richards, Frederick Bald, David Boller, Oto Brezina, Clinton Ehrlich
  • Directors: Nico B.
  • Writers: Nico B., Carly Adler
  • Producers: Nico B., Constantin Werner, James W. Healey
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Dutch
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cult Epics
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHT5LO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Every fan of Bettie Page must see this film. Essential viewing and great fun! --Steve Brewster (President of the Bettie Scouts of America Fan Club)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Try But.... 11 April 2011
Format:DVD
From the offset I just knew that this was going to be a "fan movie" of sorts and to be honest, biopic's made on whatever budget seem to leave a rather tongue in cheek appeal. Jason Scott Lee did a fair attempt at Bruce Lee albeit way too chunky and looking nothing like him, Kurt Russell as Elvis and seeing as we're talking about Bettie Page, Gretchen Mol as the lady herself in "The Notorious Bettie Page"

The aforementioned tributed stars each had a very charismatic and unique persona, very hard for any actor to pull off and to attempt a cult icon such as Bettie Page then some things should be left well alone.

Paige Richards "does a Bettie" she pouts, she poses and preens which you can't help but think that she's saying "Hey look at me, I'm doing Bettie Page" which to be honest together with the ham acting it's all very low budget B movie candyfloss and I for one didn't make it to the end of the film due to the pain caused by my toes curling too many times.

My advice if you're a Bettie Page fan?....save your money on this one and go buy "Teaserama" and see the real Bettie Page
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star is 1 too many! 2 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD having heard that it was an accurate documentary piece, detailing Bettie's time with Irving Claw and including some re-inactments of the short fetish movies she filmed with Klaw. What I found was a grotesque portrayal of my idol with low production values and a script with such poor dialogue that it would have befit only a porn movie.

Please...if as a Bettie Page fan you were considering buying this DVD, reconsider! Infact, think twice about any Bettie DVD you are looking to buy! I am yet to find an actress that can do Bettie justice. You're better off sticking to Irving Claw's 'Teaserama' and 'Variatease' where you can actually see the beautiful Bettie herself in her heyday.

And did I keep this DVD? No. I took great pleasure in taking a hammer to it, so adament i was that it would not nestle in my otherwise respectable DVD collection.

AVOID!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad recreations 15 May 2005
By D. Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This DVD is nothing but bad acting and bad recreations of Bettie Pages black and white films. The narrator Bettie has a deep southern accent but when Paige Richards talks the accent is gone. And on top of it all it's not even historically accurate. Stay away from this one if you are a Bettie Page Fan.
42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING TO THE MAX! NICO B REEKS! 8 April 2006
By Onie Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD contains both the original "Dark Angel" Cult Film and a "How to Pose Nude" with Bunny Yeager (who we never see - just Paige Richards). I was so excited to receive this DVD and was very let down.

First of all the "Dark Angel" film is just boring -- how many stupid bondage videos do we have to watch. We get your point -- Bettie did bondage videos......

Nico B has the arrogance to say this a CULT FILM? Cult films are not made, they happen vis a vis the public's perspective of a film.

Nico B needs to do his research -- instead of wasting time on chasing down composers for that boring and redundent soundtrack, he needs to get his facts straight.

The acting is really bad -- I am a native Tennesseean and I can tell you that nobody in Tennessee has the accent of Paige Richards. Ditto the "narrator" who is not Paige Richards. They all sound like they are from the deep south and very phony. But the voice of Estes Kefauver (who was born and bred in Madisonville, Tennessee), with some sort of Teutonic accent was just over the top!

I can't believe anyone would pay to see this in a theatre. I can't believe I paid to buy this junk.

The Bunny Yeager stuff of Paige Richards is OK Let's see though, did Bettie Page have a Brazlian Wax, Pierced Ears, or Implants? I think not.

Paige Richards does look remarkably like Bettie Page in the face and figure (except for those implants).

But after a few scenes, that portion of the DVD was so boring I did not even finish it. Paige Richards is a really pretty woman, but she tries to hard when posing for Bunny -- some of those faces she makes tend to make her look as though she is passing some type of fetid gas into the air!

I wish there were a 0 Star because this waste of a film is beyond terrible!

Poor Bettie Paige. She is too good for this kind of trash. She should really confront Nico B about this wretched waste of film.

I am a cult movie follower and trust me -- this is not "Eating Raoul" or "Plan 9 From Outer Space" or even "Night of the Living Dead"

It's a waste of time to watch this junk.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Subject..poorly done 2 Nov 2004
By Elizabeth Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was excited when I heard about this film..I am a big Bettie fan. As a rule I buy anything Bettie but had I seen this film before I bought it..I would not have. The acting is stilted and really like a bad high school play, and the lead actress Paige Richards reminds me at times of Julia Sweeney. (IT's PAT!) ha ha

If you are like me and buy anything Bettie, buy and enjoy, but if you are looking for a great bio film on Bettie..this ain't it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY IMPORTANT REVIEW!! A MUST READ!! 26 Aug 2009
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Wow, what a terrible movie. I am pretty sure that I have seen better high school performances!? The movie was pointless, had some of the worst acting I've seen and was casted terribly. I had bought this movie to add to my ever growing Bettie collection, but had I seen it first, I never would have bought it! I never would have rented it, heck I am not even sure someone could have convinced me to take a copy for free!? Anyone who has seen Bettie's short films knows that she wasn't the best actress. So, picture her films but ten times worse because someone even less experienced is trying to imitate her!!?? That's what this movie is like. One big train wreck!! I don't usually do this, (even with bad movies)but I had to fast forward through most of it cause it was so boring, this is pretty bad seeing that I am truly a huge fan of Bettie and usually go crazy for any new material!? If someone who knew nothing about Bettie saw this, they would come away thinking she was just some dumb slut!? Which (as any real Bettie fan would know) is the furthest from the truth about her? She was extremely intelligent and during the time she was a model, was the least sexually active period in her life (she says because she wasn't married)!? Also, not to be mean, but Paige Richards is no Bettie! Sure she may be skinny with dark hair and Bettie's bangs, but Bettie paid great attention to her look and would work out 5 days a week when she was a full time model. Paige (aside from being a terrible actress) although skinny, I don't feel was "fit" to play the role at all. Bunny Yeager, was a pretty, thin little red head with fair skin. I had to laugh when I saw the lady they chose to play her. She had dark skin, was clearly wearing a red wig (not even the right red) and looked completely different!!
I wasn't too keen on The Notorious Bettie Page movie either, but compared to this nonsense, Gretchen Mole (who played Bettie in "The Notorious Bettie Page") should have won an Oscar! The Notorious Bettie Page is a far better depiction and goes far more in to detail about who Bettie really was. It had real actors playing in it, was accurate to the period, followed the real story of Bettie's life and was interesting to watch. "The Notorious Bettie Page" was a pretty good film being how picky I am. As far as I am concerned no one comes close to Bettie and I have a hard time with people who try to imitate her photos or play her in movies. Gretchen did a pretty good job though. But as for this "Dark Angel" movie, whether you're a Bettie fan or not, don't waste your time or money. There's far better work done of her out there. If you want a good movie, I recommend "The Notorious Bettie Page", and for a good Bio, read: "Bettie Page The life of a pin-up Legend" by Karen Essex and James L. Swanson. It is the best book I have ever seen on Bettie, just full of photos and stories and gives you a detailed look at her life. The reason it's probably so good because Bettie helped write it herself! I feel I am a true Bettie fan and to me it's clear that the people who made this movie had no clue as to what they wanted to say..... It left me confused and that's pretty sad considering I know the history behind the film. DO NOT BUY THIS MOVIE LIKE I DID! Take my word for it! It's an insult to everything Bettie has done.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and times of a legend 3 Jun 2012
By Kung Fu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Bettie Page was the number one pin up model in the 1950's. Bettie Page: Dark Angel tells the story of the last three years of her brief career as a pin up model before she disappeared from the spotlight.

The bulk of the movie is told through a series of reenactments of some of Bettie Pages most famous bondage scenes. The dialog and story is not that fleshed out. Despite this minor flaw the films succeeds overall because of director Nico B.'s eye for detail in when recreating Page's Bondage segments. These segments are stylishly photographed in black and white. Nico B.'s direction is solid through out and it is obvious in every frame that this project was a labor of love.

The acting in this film is average at best with the exception of Paige Richards who plays the lead role Bettie Page. Paige Richards is a dead ringer for Bettie Page and she does an admirable job capturing the essence of Bettie Page. It is amazing just how much Nico B. is able to recreate with the limited budget he had at his disposal. Bettie Page: Dark Angel is a wonderful tribute to one of America's most icon pin up models whose popularity has not waned through the years

Bettie Page: Dark Angel comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Though the transfer for the DVD was very good for the time when it was released. This new Hi Def transfer improves upon that aforementioned transfer in every way. It should be noted that the grain looks more pronounced in some scenes then in others and this is most likely due to the film's source materials. In all this is a strong transfer that does a very good job with the limitations of the source materials.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. This release comes with four subtitle options, English, French, Spanish and Dutch.

Extras for this release include three `Making of' featurette's, the first one titled `Paige Richards as Betty Page - Photo Shoot' (10 minutes 43 seconds - anamorphic widescreen), the second one titled `Paige Richards as Betty Page - Still Gallery' (4 minutes 13 seconds ) and the third one titled `Casting Call & Rehearsals' (16 minutes 27 seconds - anamorphic widescreen), the uncut version of a scene from the film titled `Dominate Bettie in a Black Corset' (8 minutes - anamorphic widescreen), a music video titled `The '57 Incident Teaserama' (2 minutes 19 seconds - anamorphic widescreen), a documentary titled `In Search of Bettie Page' (10 minutes 10 seconds - anamorphic widescreen) and a section titled `The Original Bondage Films of Bettie Page (1951-1956)', the total running time for the 11 short films (40 minutes 8 seconds - anamorphic widescreen).

The titles of the 11 short films are as follows, `Untitled', `Bettie Paige and Her High Heel Shoes', `Untitled', `Bettie Gets Bound and Kidnapped', `Untitled', `Untitled', `Second initiation of a Sorority Girl', `Teaser Girl in High Heels', `Domineering Roz Strikes Back' and `Bettie Gets Dressed in Satin'. Overall Bettie Page: Dark Angel makes its way to Hi Def via an exceptional release from Cult Epics.
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