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Bluebeard

3.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VSDNFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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By A Customer on June 15, 2000
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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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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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"He had a "way" with women----he did-away with them !" So sayeth the marketing-ad for this 1972 Euro-flick which utilized the classic Bluebeard "story"----Henri Desiree Landru, this Bluebeard was NOT ! Rather, it featured Richard Burton in a film with nearly EVERY female sex-symbol on BOTH sides of the Atlantic. A great film ? YOU be the judge ! Enjoy !
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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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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 tragic. A bad script, not acted well (Bad Burton- should have done better job)and pretty much walked through by most of the actors. Basically it is about a impotent serial killer marrying women, killing them and putting them in the freezer.
Burton's glue on beard was terrible. And the hunting scene at the beginning -- well -- you can bet this isn't a classic shown at a PETA convention. The whole idea of this evidently was to get as many starlets to show their breasts as possible. Poor movie.
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