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Walerian Borowczyk's film uses the portmanteau format for erotic purposes. Taking in figures such as Countess Dracula and Lucrezia Borgia, the film tells four different stories looking at different aspects of sexuality throughout the ages.

Although it has much in common with Walerian Borowczyk’s earlier work, Immoral Tales marks the point where his reputation as an arty pornographer began, and was sexually explicit enough to have caused problems with the censors on its original UK release.

The four stories revolve around particular taboos (virginity, female masturbation, bloodlust, incest), each delving further back in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human history and in all walks of life, whether it’s Lucrezia Borgia (Florence Bellamy) or Erzsébet Báthory (Paloma Picasso in her only screen role) or the anonymous teenagers of the earlier episodes.

This high-definition restoration by Argos Films is being released on Blu-ray with English subtitles for the first time. The film is presented in two versions: the familiar four-part edition, and the original five-part conception, including the short film The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan that was later expanded into Borowczyk’s later feature The Beast. The disc also includes both cuts of A Private Collection (1973), the short film that scandalised film festival audiences with its witty and often graphic study of vintage erotica.

Package includes DVD and Blu-ray editions.

Walerian Borowczyk's film uses the portmanteau format for erotic purposes. Taking in figures such as Countess Dracula and Lucrezia Borgia, the film tells four different stories looking at different aspects of sexuality throughout the ages.

Although it has much in common with Walerian Borowczyk’s earlier work, Immoral Tales marks the point where his reputation as an arty pornographer began, and was sexually explicit enough to have caused problems with the censors on its original UK release.

The four stories revolve around particular taboos (virginity, female masturbation, bloodlust, incest), each delving further back in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human history and in all walks of life, whether it’s Lucrezia Borgia (Florence Bellamy) or Erzsébet Báthory (Paloma Picasso in her only screen role) or the anonymous teenagers of the earlier episodes.

This high-definition restoration by Argos Films is being released on Blu-ray with English subtitles for the first time. The film is presented in two versions: the familiar four-part edition, and the original five-part conception, including the short film The True Story of the Beast of Gévaudan that was later expanded into Borowczyk’s later feature The Beast. The disc also includes both cuts of A Private Collection (1973), the short film that scandalised film festival audiences with its witty and often graphic study of vintage erotica.

Package includes DVD and Blu-ray editions.

Extras

  • New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
  • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
  • Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
  • A Private Collection (1973), presented in the commercially released version and the more explicit ‘Oberhausen’ cut
  • Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk’s crew
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster designs

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5027035011233
Catalogue Number FCD955
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1974
Director Walerian Borowczyk
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Arrow Academy
Countries France
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Sound 2.0 Mono
Subtitles English
Language(s) French
Running time 100 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 18

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