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Barbarella (1968) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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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.
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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....)
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!
The studio-bound sets are unconvincing, and much of the acting is execrable - poor dubbing doesn't help (although Joan Greenwood's voice matched with Anita Pallenberg's body is definitely a winning combination) - and there is a disjointed feel to the sequence of set-pieces reminiscent of the aforementioned serials, but Jane Fonda (then wife of director Roger Vadim), together with screen stalwarts David Hemmings and Milo O'Shea carry the piece quite well enough.
The story (such as it is) is thin - Barbarella (Fonda) is sent by the President of Earth to capture a renegade who has done the unthinkable in the peace-loving future where the greeting is "Love," by developing a weapon!
A pleasant-enough way to spend 100 minutes, and quite inoffensive (why it continues to cary a "15" certificate defies reason; it's arguably little more than a "PG"), and if you've ever wondered where Simon Le Bon's bandmates got the name of their group, the answer will be found here.
Barbarella was a flop at the time but has gained a cult following, and although the film is average at best - you can't help but feel defensive about it. With killer lines such as "wait, let me adjust my tongue-box" and "de-crucify him or I'll melt your face" along with a bonkers plot, this is an entertaining film - but not in the way it intends to be. The visual effects are dodgy and some of the sets look cobbled together from whatever was left around the studio (with backdrop curtains which could have been rejects from a school play). It's sometimes hard to believe that this was released the same year as Kubrick's masterpiece. Despite the lack of intelligent plot and the absence of a half decent script, Barbarella does contain some iconic moments - those demonic, biting dolls are still the stuff of nightmares.Read more ›
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One of my favourite films from my adolescence. One day I'll get past the opening sequence!Published 3 days ago by David Elliott
What a great film - really took me back 40 years to when I first saw it.Published 15 days ago by nereus senex
Good 60s tongue in cheek SciFi starring the stunning Jane FondaPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I ended up paying for two copies of this and the Blu-ray player will not play itPublished 2 months ago by Philip O.
Great Classic Movie, very happy good quality a movie worthy of any collection... the DVD was well packaged and delivered on time thanks AmazonPublished 3 months ago by Martin Little
I was expecting a great movie, what I got was very low budget soft porn, terrible movie, buy it only if you like rubbishPublished 3 months ago by A. Holt