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Bluebeard (1972)

Richard Burton , Joey Heatherton  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Joey Heatherton
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VSDNFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Richard Burton, Joey Heatherton, Raquel Welch. A horrific, passionate and sometimes campy tale of a wealthy, wife-murdering aristocrat who's confronted with his past indiscretions when his current wife discovers the bodies. 1972/color/125 min/R/fullscreen.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy Black Comedy - Fiendish Fun! November 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Burton plays Baron Kurt Von Sepper, a wealthy Austrian upper crust aristocrat with a dark blue beard. He marries Greta (Karin Schubert), but she dies in a tragic hunting "accident." He meets street smart American showgirl, Anne (Joey Heatherton, who has a semi nude scene) and marries her after a whirlwind romance. One night alone at the Baron's palace Anne makes the ghastly discovery of a secret freezer chock full of former wives. Smart Anne tries to buy time before she becomes the newest addition to the freezer by convincing Bluebeard to tell her how all the women met their fates. He starts to tell her the tale of how each former wife met her fate.
Before I go any further, let me say that this film is overdone, campy, and sometimes, well, bad.
But that is what makes it fun.
The various ways that Bluebeard got rid of his other wives is absolutely hilarious. Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon (along with her lesbian lover Sybil Danning), Raquel Welch, Marilu' Tolo, and Agostina Belli all die in some very interesting and campy ways. This is fiendishly fun black comedy at it's over the top best.
The color on this copy is gorgeous and rich, and the musical score is perfect for this macabre mischief.
If you like campy black comedy, check it out!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot! Fun blend of horror and comedy. June 25, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I was surprised to be entertained by this film since I'd heard it was bad. This dark comedy, dismissed in its initial theatrical release by critics and audiences alike, deserved better. It's a hoot! There is some beautiful cinematography, gorgeous sets, some fine acting, suspense and masterful segues between drama, horror, and comedy. The women, Bluebeard's doomed wives, are gorgeous, especially the lovely Joey Heatherton, who steals the movie from one of my all time favorite actors, Richard Burton. The murder scenes are graphic but so bizarre they both repel and make you laugh at the same time. They illustrate the absurdity at the core of Burton's sexually dysfunctional villain, a man of vast power and wealth who cannot acquire the most important thing in life, the love of any of his wives. Don't take it too seriously, just enjoy it.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Punch and Punchier June 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When Bluebeard was made, its sole intent seemed to be to get an international cadre of actresses out of their clothes while providing an unsettling mixture of sex and death (two elements bound to pack 'em into the theaters). Though pretty hot in its day, nearly 30 years later, it seems fairly tame in terms of exposed flesh, but retains a campy charm that was completely missed in the early 70s. Burton's hammy performance is not to be believed and the (nearly offensive) dizziness of his seven wives will have lovers of low humor chuckling more than watching Vincent Price at his most extreme in similar Roger Corman vehicles. Today, Bluebeard plays like a particularly mean-spirited Punch and Judy Show, and Joey Heatherton's turning the tables on Burton at the end is something you'll never forget. It's even more fun once you realize that semi-respectable director Edward Dmytryk probably took the whole thing seriously--but that doesn't mean you have to. Sure to get a reaction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! December 7, 2009
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I'll keep this short: this movie is great! I love the story, actors and actresses, the sets, and the overall feel of the movie itself. The presentation is excellent: great print and color in widescreen.

This movie is a great example of the awsome weirdness coming out of cinema in the 70's and reminds me of the type of genre defying pictures that Tim Burton would become famous for years later.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hang on to your seats, a camp classic! November 11, 2002
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Though this wretched movie is not the nadir of Richard Burton's career (check out "The Klansman" for that dubious distinction), it comes mighty darn close. The script, the acting and the general tone of this movie is beyond repulsive, it is tawdry, inane and ultimately, quite pathetic. However, there is one overwhelmingly redeeming feature to "Bluebeard:" it is so bad it is unintentionally hilarious!
Burton sleepwalks through this silly film with a cheap, stick-on goatee. As always, he overacts to a ridiculous degree and one eternally wonders why his directors never took him aside and said, "Richard, you don't need to scream every single line." Alas, Burton is magnificently dreadful here, his attempts at lovemaking become bombastically embarrassing to watch, his few, brief attempts at some decent acting are wickedly futile. One real-life moment to ponder: following one love scene with one of the no-name Italian starlets, the director yelled, "cut!" but Burton and the starlet continued kissing and then walked off the set to Burton's waiting limousine. Hmmm, where was Liz?
This is a great movie to enjoy with a few beers and a readiness to make fun of every scene and hurl collective invective against Richard Burton. If you are up to the challenge, then "Bluebeard" is your movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This one gets 2 stars for the cast and a few of the bits that work (Virna Lisi and Raquel Welch scenes come to mind) but, you do have to wonder what was going on in the minds of the director, scriptwriter, studio execs, etc., not to mention Burton, as they made it. As a college student, I saw it in a theater filled with an audience that made every effort to take it seriously, as a thriller. I laughed loudly at one point and the person in front of me turned around and glared. Did the makers mean it to be camp? scary? What? The film doesn't seem to know it's point of view either. Richard Burton is a brilliant actor but, if this performance is the only one you've seen, you might find that statement hard to believe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, his beard is really blue!
I enjoyed it. It was fun to see Richard Burton, Raquel welch, and joey heatherton. The movie has very funny parts in it. It is definitely dark humor. The ending is great! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mary McGalliard
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
The only thing that keeps this from being a one star is the cast. Reviewers call this a great campy movie, but please remember it wasn't meant to be campy and that's what is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a find and at. a reasonable price !
Published 2 months ago by .J
5.0 out of 5 stars blue beard richard burton
I have been looking for this one in dvd for a while. Richard Burton is good in anything he did. Even this B movie. Its fun and well done for what it is. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. R. Crittenden
3.0 out of 5 stars What about the animals?
Yes, this movie is very campy. However, for those who are animal people, don't watch the beginning of this film. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Pumpkin Toss
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful to look at but not as entertaining as I'd expected and...
Before watching "Bluebeard", I expected a campy, trashy, and entertaining film. It certainly was trashy, campy at times, but not really entertaining. Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by NoWireHangers
4.0 out of 5 stars Bluebeard -- Richard Burton
The story is silly and the plot ridiculous, but this film is very campy. I rate it 4 stars because of all the nudity, especially Joey Heatherton's. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Paul Kao
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp At Its best!
Wow, Richard Burton and the Serta Mattress girl making, well, almost making love! The women in this film are fabulous. Especially Verni Lisi and Raquel Welch. Read more
Published on August 16, 2008 by John G. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best.
My friends often accuse me of not liking comedy. I think this movie proves them wrong. I think I have now seen Richard Burton at his very best. Read more
Published on July 25, 2008 by David C. Maughan
2.0 out of 5 stars Burton. Heatherton. Together.
This mash-up of Gothic chills, soft-core 70s Euro-porn, sex farce and political satire is too knowing to be camp, but it sure does try to be awful. Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by EddieLove
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WAY over priced DVD here Folks!
It has been re-released (November 2007) & is now available for around $14. Get them while you can! This is the third printing & I'm sure won't be available long!
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