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The Image [Blu-ray]

Rebecca Brooke , Carl Parker , Radley Metzger  |  X |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca Brooke, Carl Parker, Marilyn Roberts, Yvette Hiver, Michelle Vence
  • Directors: Radley Metzger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SKJYJG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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'Recommended...' -Adam Tyner/DVD Talk --DVDTalk.com

'Colors literally pop, detail is strong, and the print is in excellent condition.' -Troy Howarth/AV Maniacs --AVManiacs.com

'This is the most impressive presentation of a classic erotic film that I have seen since Blu-ray was launched...Very Impressive!' -Blu-ray.com --Blu-ray.com

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From highly acclaimed director Radley Metzger, The Image (aka The Punishment of Anne / The Mistress And The Slave) is a fascinating study of the sadomasochistic relationship between a man, a young girl, and an older woman. Jean (Carl Parker, Score), meets his old friend Claire (Marilyn Roberts) at a party and is introduced to the young, seductive Anne (Mary Mendum). Jean discovers the two women have a master/slave relationship and gets seduced into their perverse sexual games. Based on the classic novel "L'Image" from Catherine Robbe-Grillet (under the pseudonym of Jean de Berg), this masterpiece of cinema is hailed by critics as one of the best erotic films ever made. Beautifully photographed with highly explicit imagery and provocative situations, The Image will titillate, arouse and shock you like no other film you've ever seen. Newly remastered in high definition and created directly from the original 35mm camera negative, this version of The Image is presented uncut and uncensored with a newly remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack.

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337 of 351 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SM arthouse style January 4, 2003
Format:DVD
Radley METZGER's THE IMAGE (also known under the more exploitative title THE PUNISHMENT OF ANNE) is without doubt not everybody's cup of tea. Based on an infamous French bestseller this movie is shocking in its relentless depiction of a weird triangle relationship between a mature woman, her submissive young girl friend and a curious author.
Please note: If you feel uneasy when you see graphic sex, humiliation, degradation, bondage, whipping and urination, then do not watch this film. On the other hand, this is no raincoat brigade movie. Instead it is a masterly crafted piece of art with outstanding cinematography, a beautiful score and fine actors (Yes, everybody here can act better than most mainstream academy award winners.)
Regrettably the rough SM scenes could easily distract from or obscure the motivation of the characters.
THE IMAGE has an unusual book-like structure with chapters (no, I'm not refering to the DVD chapters). According to the liner notes the film is very faithful to its literary source. I liked the social setting of the film - it takes places among educated, eloquent and wealthy jet set people. And the film makes good use of its nice Paris locations. I found THE IMAGE very compelling viewing. I just didn't like the fitting room scene too much, because it seemed like a rather cliche porn situation to me.
Some words about the DVD: SYNAPSE did a real great job with the transfer. One can't praise the picture quality high enough. The uncut film is presented widescreen.
Unfortunately there aren't too many extras: the director's filmography, an isolated score and five trailers of Radley METZGER movies: SCORE, THE LICKERISH QUARTET, CAMILLE 2000, THERESE AND ISABELLE and CARMEN BABY. Kudos to Stephen R. BISSETTE for his insightful liner notes. I recommend to read it before you watch the movie, because it really enhances your understanding of the film despite some spoilers.
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263 of 280 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Euro-erotic masterpiece! November 6, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
In the tradition of "The Story of O" and "Emmanuel"...this Radley Metzger 1975 classic is stupendous!
Beautifully filmed, with minimum fanfare, it gets straight to the point within minutes of you watching it. And that point is not pornographic...but rather sensual and erotic. The total submission of the young star, Anne, played by Mary Mendum, to her older dominatrix girlfriend Claire and her boyfriend Jean, is "a middle aged couple's dream come true". If you want your wife or girlfriend to be dripping with anticipation...turn the lights down and have her watch this film, in its entirety and I'm certain any woman will be drawn in to its lusty presentation! That being said...this is not a film for group viewing by your neighbors next door...unless????
Unlike the video taped, bluntly pornographic XXX movies of today... 1975's "The Image" was filmed, in a way when showing just enough, was good enough to be shown. Although there are some shocking scenes of oral sex between the stars, this film mostly deals with sexual tension and lustful sentiments, inside anyone (male or female) who has ever "lusted" after a youthful girl, strictly to inflict decipline, pain and pleasure upon her. Five stars is not high enough of a rating for this "must have in your erotic collection masterpiece!" I would have always enjoyed more violent sex and torture scenes, however, given what's being produced these days....this film clearly stands out as a "classic of all time" proportions!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metzger at his Finest! July 27, 2002
Format:DVD
Arguably the finest S/M movie ever made, Radley Metzger's 'The Image'(aka The Punishment of Anne) tells of Jean, a writer who meets an old friend, Claire, at a party and is soon drawn into her world of S/M along with her slave, Anne.
Based on the French novel 'L'image' by Jean de Berg, a nom de guerre for Catherine Robbe-Grillet, this may be Radley (Score!, Therese and Isabelle, The Opening of Misty Beethoven)Metzger's best film. Beautifully filmed and acted and very erotic.
The dvd transfer of the film is absolutely stunning. The picture is pristine and the colors leap out at you. The new stereo mix is great. The original mono track is also included. There is a Metzger filmography and a few trailers for his films included as well. Kudo's to Synapse for releasing this gem of a film and doing such a great job on it!
If your up for some primo euro-erotica at its finest, look no further!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Punishment of Anne October 8, 2004
By WLR
Format:DVD
The Image, also called The Punishment of Anne is widely regarded by people on the Internet as Radley Metzger's best movie. I agree with that assessment. He is an interesting director whose characters are always intelligent people who outwardly lead normal lives in society while privately pursuing out of the ordinary sex lives, such as libertines, S&M, homosexuality, especially lesbianism, prostitution, and so on. If memory serves correctly all of his movies take place in racy locations such as Europe or South America. In other words he isn't doing Desire Under the Elms or something in a sleepy rural community. It's always in a castle, or penthouse, or mansion, or beach house, etc. All of his movies could be considered art movies that are not intended for a general audience. This particular movie involves lesbianism, S&M, humiliation, dominance/submission by well-to-do people in contemporary Paris. It is a VERY faithful adaptation of the book of the same name by Jean de Berg. A thirty something male author attends a party at a socialite's house in Paris where he encounters an old friend, a woman his own age from his upscale social class (she has a Wellesley accent by the way), who is showing off her new pet. Anne, a very beautiful young blonde woman is completely under the older woman's spell and will do anything to prove it. Our hero is then invited into their world for a series of mind games, etc. divided into episodes that take place in different locations, sometimes in public, sometimes behind closed doors over a period of weeks I believe. Like all of Metzger's movies it is very well made and very beautiful. I liked the book and the movie as well. If you are interested in this kind of subject material you'll like this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK film
You have to be a fan to enjoy this foray into S/M in a European film. It isn't bad but wanted the alternative view so I bought it
Published 18 days ago by Stan J. Dymek
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
My roommate ordered this product. I can't tell you much.
Published 18 days ago by Terry Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
Great movie! The filming is a lost art form. It's a must see.
Published 25 days ago by John James
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
Radley Metzger / (henri paris) is beautifully served by this admirable edition and the film finds magnified. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Fardel
4.0 out of 5 stars A glance into the world of BDSM
If you've ever wanted to have a glance into the world of dominance, this is the film. It is well made, acting is ok, but the storyline is great and it plays out nicely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raymond Cannefax
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly One of the Best Movies In Adult Moviedom - if not THE best
Synapse has brought us this dark erotic classic in lavish detail.
The film is a masterpiece and now has the most vivd colours and the transfer so sharp you could cut your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hemloch Corbeau
5.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
one of the best rebecca brookes movie i have ever seen she is such a hot submissive i just gotta get me one
Published 6 months ago by Jack Botello
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive presentation but a bit light on bonus feaures!
Excellent audio visual for Radley Metzger's classic film. But be warned the themes may not be to everyone tastes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
GREAT GRAPHIC SEX ESPECIALLY ALL THE ORAL SHOTS. I DONT KNOW HOW THIS IS NOT AN ADULT FILM. THE PLOT WASNT THE GREATEST THATS FOR SURE.
Published 12 months ago by Phil T.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with my blu ray player
When I put this DVD into my Sony DVD payer, I was looking forward to watching it. But all I got was a message saying it was not zoned for my DVD player. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Reviewing DWHE
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