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The Frightened Woman [1969] [DVD]

Dagmar Lassander , Philippe Leroy , Piero Schivazappa    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Dagmar Lassander, Philippe Leroy
  • Directors: Piero Schivazappa
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Shameless
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X6R8XI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Shameless Screen Entertainment is proud to announce that their 14th April DVD release of The Frightened Woman (aka Femina Ridens) has been approved by Piero Schivazappa, the director of the film. Witness the ultimate subjugation of a woman to serve the most twisted desires of man in the achingly hip n horny Femina Ridens, where the kinkiest urges are played to a deadly conclusion...

The beautifully sensuous Dagmar Lassander stars as Maria, the living sex toy of Dr Sayer (Philippe Leroy) who delights in killing women at the point of orgasm. Sayer s prolonged campaign of degradation pushes Maria right to the edge of death but the spell she casts on him will lead to the most extraordinary climax of a lifetime!

Stylish, imaginative and deliciously twisted, this kitschy 60s pop art erotica-fest boasts gorgeous set design, an even more alluring leading lady and a heady desire to please the viewer with increasingly bizarre and dangerous sex games.

Rebuilding The Frightened Woman has been a labour of love but thanks to the work of genre expert Marc Morris the Shameless version of The Frightened Woman runs at 86m 03secs compared to the 83m 25 secs run time supplied by the licensor.

What became clear as Shameless compared all the known versions of The Frightened Woman was that various moments had been lost at different points in all of them. Some were merely shaved seconds; others changed the nuance of a scene or missed out important footage. These have been more than enough to prompt fans on the web to start cataloguing the differences with a prime example being this thread on the respected DVD Maniacs forum:

In order to create this new Shameless version they have used a wide variety of source materials that widely vary in quality but they believe that the end result shows off the film in the complete form it has long deserved to be celebrated in including the correct colour palette.

Shameless have kept director Piero Schivazappa informed throughout the process and asked him to watch through it for them and see if he could give it his seal of approval. He kindly sat through it, with script in hand and felt that, it is as faithful as it can be to the original script , and was very happy to see the film brought back to life in this Shameless version declaring, This IS the version of my film to watch.

The Shameless director approved cut will run at 86m 03secs and is being released uncut by the BBFC for the first time in the UK.

Presentation of the film is in restored 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with a restored 2.0 mono soundtrack, in region 0. The DVD includes an original theatrical trailer. Also included on the disc is a Shameless original trailer gallery.

A new DVD sleeve celebrating elements of original artwork has been created but as is now a regular feature of Shameless releases, purists can enjoy reverse artwork using an unadulterated Italian poster bearing the Femina Ridens title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy 3 Sep 2009
This film may be a bit long in the tooth but still oozes class, especially the leading lady, who after being kidnapped and tormented by her captor gets her revenge. If you like retro you will like this. Nice twist at the end also. Watchout for the leading lady doing a dance for her captor wearing a dress made of bandages, the whole scene unravels before you. It is not going to be everybody's cup of tea and there is some slightly dodgy acting in parts, but still worth a watch.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the best edition of this movie 26 Sep 2008
By TimmyC
The Frightened Womman has been restored by Shameless to give us the longest version ever and it comes with the directors seal of approval who claimed "This is the version of my film to watch."The dvd has been put together from various elements and so the picture quality varies , though for the most part the picture is very good. The dvd is 16:9 enhanced and the only extras are the trailer and trailers for other films.

So is the film any good? Yes, it has grooovy 1960s production design and the story is quite good.The performances of Phillip Leroy and Dagmar Lassander are very good and the film is full weird little touches that add to the entertainment value . The music soundtrack is good too. Shameless are doing a great job and this is one of their best realeases so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Frightened Woman / Femina Ridens. 13 Oct 2011
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The Frightened Woman is a curious piece of Eurocult, much along the same lines as the films that Jess Franco was churning out around the same time. The film very much captures the feel of late sixties to early seventies European cinema and the atmosphere is definitely the film's best asset. The style, atmosphere and content are similar to Jess Franco's "Succubus" and Massimo Dallamano's "Venus in Furs", yet they're both widely considered as sexploitation classics whereas "The Frightened Woman" is virtually unknown. It's all a matter of profiling and good marketing, I guess. The story revolves on a literally filthy rich doctor Sayer played by Phillipe Leroy (he lives in a gigantic secluded mansion, owns multiple old-timer cars and has a very impressive collection of artsy relics including a life-size mannequin doll replica of himself) with a bizarre and slightly offbeat attitude towards women. He considers them a threat for the survival of the male race and thus spends his days kidnapping, humiliating and sexually abusing random women he picks up from the street. Dr. Sayer then abducts the ambitious journalist Maria (Dagmar Lassander) with the intention to completely crush her female spirit, but he slowly falls for her. The film has some really weird and psychedelic scenes which is typical of late sixties European cinema, however the film was very well shot and the acting was decent and I must say that I pretty much enjoyed this bizarre film. If your a fan of trashy and weird Jess Franco type stuff, you might just like this. The Frightened Woman kicks off with a similar warning to the one on the Shameless Ratman disc regarding the varying quality of the source material used to construct this cut, but there the similarities end. Save for a few of the restored shots, the 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is damned fine, a crisp picture with excellent colour, superb black levels and great contrast.
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