The Image (1975) (Blu-Ray)" Review

Synopsis: A worldly Parisian, Jean (Carl Parker) thinks he's seen and done it all until he meets an entertainer, Claire (Marilyn Roberts), and her young protégé, Anne (Mary Mendum), who introduce him to a sensual but dangerous world of sexual cruelty, bondage and emotional manipulation.

Review:  This is the new Blu-Ray release of this classic Radley Metzger film! I must be honest and say that this is the first film from Radley Metzger that I have ever laid eyes on and I also must say that I was amazed by how much I enjoyed it. See I am not into too many erotic films like some people are but I do find them very enjoyable when they are done well. This film is definitely erotic ,but it didn't leave me with a sleazy feeling afterwards like some films in the erotica genre do. Now even though I did not get a sleazy feeling I must let you know that there is some pretty explicit sex acts in this film.

The biggest highlight for me about this film was the exquisite nudity and the sadomasochistic bond between the younger woman and older woman. The acting and look of the film is top notch as well and the scenery at times can be quite breath taking. This film I have to say is one that perfectly blurs the line between a typical softcore film and a hardcore adult film ,but doesn't go to the point of making this film sleazy ,but at the same time not making it into a boring typical softcore film. I would recommend this to couples who are into S&M ,but don't want something too hardcore and I would recommend this also to anyone who is a fan of erotic films. Overall this was a superb film and quite possibly one of the best erotic titles I have ever had the chance to view.

One thing that is a reason for either upgrading or buying this release instead of the older 2002 release by Synapse is the amazing picture quality of the blu-ray as well as the newly remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack. The only feature not to make it to the blu-ray was the theatrical trailers for other Radley Metzger films.

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Radley Metzger
Genre: Adult/Erotica
DVD/Blu-Ray Re-Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 1975
Time Length: 91 mins.
Company: Synapse Films
Special Features Include: 
  • All-new (1.85:1) High-Definition transfer
  • Newly remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack
  • Original 2.0 mono soundtrack
  • Director filmography
  • Liner notes
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing