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Countess Perverse (Original Director's Cut) (2012)

Alice Arno , Howard Vernon , Jesus Franco  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alice Arno, Howard Vernon, Lina Romay
  • Directors: Jesus Franco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WU4RS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

* SPECIAL DVD FEATURES

* Brand new anamorphic transfer

* Interview with actor Robert Woods

* Exclusive profile of director Jess Franco

* Introduction by critic Stephen Thrower

* Newly created optional subtitles

* Mondo Macabro previews                                     

                                                           

Editorial Reviews

A pair of decadent and debauched aristocrats turn their private island into a human hunting ground where they stalk their naked prey. The captured meat is then cooked and fed to their unsuspecting guests, who themselves will become the next victims of this cruel game. Starring the suave Howard Vernon (Seven Women for Satan) and the stunningly sexy Alice Arno (Justine de Sade), this is one of controversial director Jess Franco's most outrageous and delirious films. We present, for the first time ever the original restored director's cut, taken from the rare camera negative. Packed with sex, sleaze and outrageous behavoir, this is wicked entertainment of the most shocking kind.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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[COUNTESS PERVERSE - (1973) - Full screen - Directed by Jess Franco] 1973 certainly was Franco's most prolific year, as he directed 11 films in 12 months, and rumor has it that there were 3 more that were never completed. Considering that his work could be spotty (some might say slapdash), remarkably, most of these films are among his finest 70's output. Whether this is one of them is somewhat debatable, but Mondo Macabro has lovingly delivered another tasty treat to those of us who look upon Franco as family; a slightly sleazy uncle you love to hang around, but don't want to leave the young ones alone with for too long. His influence on fragile minds could be dangerous, and therapy's rather expensive.

Franco's films from this era are mostly gothic nightmares that occur in broad daylight, a feat not easily accomplished, as an unbending rule in this genre is to have the ghoulish goings-on transpire at night, when shadows and darkness allow our minds to fill in the blanks as we individually see fit. Jess offers up evil deeds that can't be misconstrued as something else, which at times are both blessing and curse. But his bravado must be admired even when it fails, yet here it rarely does. The same goes for 'Sinner: Diary of a Nymphomaniac' from the same year, both gleaming examples of Jess working full throttle, delivering feverish flesh-feasts for the fetishistic fanbase he's cultivated through the decades. Unburdened by the narrative chains of traditional film, story scenes cut and change once an idea is entertained without bother for details and extraneous dialogue - they are the cinematic equivalents of a 'Creepy' or 'Eerie' magazine story from the same era, and about as deep, but that's not meant as criticism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ill Will Hunting June 19, 2012
By Ramm
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The Mondo Macabro DVD authoring crew have provided us with another gem from prolific Spanish director Jess Franco's lexicon of cinematic weirdness. The film "Countess Perverse" was made in 1973 as part of a series of features filmed for French producer Robert de Nesle and, according to the xlnt background materials included on the disc, was shot back-to-back with the film "Plaisir a Trois" - both movies drawing a fair deal of their 'inspiration' from the writings of the Marquis deSade. DeSade often utilized the 'theme' of debauched individuals 'corrupting' the morals of 'innocent youth' and "Countess Perverse" follows suit AND adds the twist of the 'human-hunting-human" plot device first introduced thru the story and film "The Most Dangerous Game" back in the 1930's by "King Kong's" director Merian C. Cooper to add a 'horror' twist to an, otherwise, sexy scenario.

At the film's start, a male & female couple spy an unconscious woman's naked body lying at surfs edge on the beach. After they scoop her up and take her to their apartment she regains consciousness and tells her horrifying tale of encountering a pair of wealthy sadists on a local island and her eventual escape from them. Too bad for her though that the pair who 'rescued' her are actually in league with the devious island dwellers and they drug her and return her to them. The procurers then turn their sites on a fresh victim and the lovely Marie (played by, then ingenue, Lina Romay) falls into their clutches. After first seducing her, they then take her to 'the island' and introduce her to the wicked libertine couple over a meal that consists totally of huge hunks of a delicious 'mysterious' meat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Erotic Horror Masterpiece July 27, 2012
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The two previous reviews have said it all but I just had to put in my two cents once again. Mondo Macabro has released one of the best Euro- Horror releases this year in Director Jess Franco's 'COUNTESS PERVERSE'-1973 which shows how accomplished he could be when he cared about the project. In an interview contained in Lucas Balbo's essential tome 'OBSESSION-THE FILMS OF JESS FRANCO', he states that he made certain films just to please himself and 'COUNTESS PERVERSE' is one of them. He basically said that he hated the critics for calling him a hack and never seeing the things he worked into his films and if his movies pissed them off, he was glad. Author Richard Connell's 'THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME' telling the story of Count Zaroff was adapted numerous times to the screen but this was the first time that the premise was upgraded to a cannibalistic couple utilized in an erotic atmosphere of fetishistic sex and horror. Directors such as Radley Metzger, Aristide Massaccesi aka Joe D'Amato and Jean Rollin (to name but a few) would use eroticism in different ways but never like this. Franco enjoys the female body and it shows in every frame of this film. Using his favorite actors Howard Vernon and Alice Arno , he also had American actor Robert Woods who graced many Euro Westerns at that time. Its interesting to see his muse Lina Romay beginning to get more screen time and who would graduate to front and center status with 'FEMALE VAMPIRE' the same year. The transfer is absolutely stunning. I first viewed this film in its X-rated version called 'LES CROQUEUSES' aka 'THE MUNCHERS' in a washed out VHS tape with inserted porn scenes which bogged the film down and even in this condition, I knew this was one of his best. Read more ›
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