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Scorpio Films: The Dutch Sex Wave Collection

Cult Epics will be releasing Scorpio Films: The Dutch Sex Wave Collection on a 4-Disc Blu-ray set.

The Dutch Sex Wave (also the Golden Age of Dutch cinema) combined artistic freedom, sexual liberation, and exploitation with commercial success. Cult Epics presents four of frontrunner Scorpio Films most successful Dutch Sex Wave films, previously unreleased in the US: MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA & JULIE – the erotic four play; BLUE MOVIE – the most sensational taboo film of all time; FRANK & EVA – living apart together; and OBSESSIONS – Hitchcock, Scorsese and sex.

Release date: October 8, 2019
Genre: Sexploitation

SPECS
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Production Year: 1969-1975
  • Discs: 4 Blu-ray Discs
  • Region: A
  • Run Time: 362 minutes
  • Formats: Color
  • Audio: English, Dutch
  • Subtitle: English
  • Studio: Cult Epics

BOX SET CONTENT:

Obsessions (1969)

The obscure film Obsessions (aka A Hole in the Wall) was directed by Dutch artsploitation auteur Pim de la Parra and co-produced by longtime collaborator Wim Verstappen (Blue Movie). This gritty, psychedelic Hitchcockian mystery, which is notable for being the first Dutch film shot in English-language, starts in a savagely brutal fashion. When a bloody painting of Vincent van Gogh falls from a wall and exposes a makeshift peephole, student protagonist Nils Janssen (played by the film’s German co-producer Dieter Geissler) becomes an unwitting witness to a gruesome sex crime next door. When his young fiancée Marina (Alexandra Stewart of Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT), an enterprising journalist, tells him about a report of a murder that she is writing, he naturally wonders if it’s the very same killing.

This classic exploitation film was the birth of auteur cinema in Holland and inspired legendary filmmakers such as Paul Verhoeven to make their start in the industry. Originally distributed in over 100 countries, the film remained unreleased in the U. S. (and France) until now. Perhaps most notably, the film was co-written by a young Martin Scorsese, who shot the legendary erotic dream sequence for his first feature Who’s Knocking at My Door (1968) in Amsterdam, that same year. Additionally, the film also stars legendary Dutch filmmaker Fons Rademakers (Mira, The Assault), is edited by Henry Rust (Children of Paradise) and scored by Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver, Sisters). Obsessions is a curious cultural hybrid where the late-1960s Dutch exploitation and classic Hollywood Hitchcock collide in a provocative and revolutionary fashion. Hitchcock, Scorsese & Sex. Made in Holland.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • RESTORATION AND TRANSFER OF THE FILM BY EYE FILM INSTITUTE/AMSTERDAM
  • Introduction by director Pim de La Parra (HD, 2017)
  • Introduction by actor/producer Dieter Geissler (HD, 2016)
  • Interview with Pim de La Parra (HD, 2017)
  • Interview with Dieter Geissler (HD, 2016)
  • Interview with Martin Scorsese (Volkskrant, 2017)
  • Scorpio Films (Excerpt from Parradox documentary, HD 2010)
  • Original Dutch Theatrical Trailer (HD)
  • Script notes by Martin Scorsese
  • Obsessions photo video gallery

Frank & Eva (1973)

Synopsis: Although Frank is always cheating on her with another woman, Eva still cannot bring herself to leave him. But Frank objects both when Eva becomes pregnant as well as when she takes a lover of her own. The late Sylvia Kristel (Emmanuelle) made her acting debut with this film.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • RESTORATION AND TRANSFER OF THE FILM BY EYE FILM INSTITUTE/AMSTERDAM
  • Audio Commentary by Pim de la Parra (2018)
  • Up Front & Naked: Sex in Dutch films (2017) – featurette with Willeke van Ammelrooy a.o.
  • Frank & Eva Poster & Photo Gallery
  • Sylvia Kristel Film Poster Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

Blue Movie (1971)

Official synopsis: After five years in prison, an ex-con returns to a society where total sexual freedom is now the norm. Michael (Frank & Eva’s Hugo Metsers) yearns for sex and becomes fascinated by the amorous life of an attractive woman next door (Business Is Business’s Carry Tefsen), eventually organizing a series of sordid orgies with her and the neighbors…

Blue Movie was the most controversial and talked about Dutch film upon theatrical release — a sensation that brought millions of visitors to cinemas. Produced by Pim de la Parra (Frank & Eva, Obsessions), and directed by his partner Wim Verstappen, Blue Movie was a breakthrough commercial hit for their company Scorpio Films — and the start of the Golden Years of Dutch cinema, also known as the “Dutch Sex Wave.”

Presented by Cult Epics for the first time ever on Blu-ray — and featuring cinematography by Jan De Bont (Turkish Delight, Private Lessons, Basic Instinct) — now see for yourself what all the commotion was about!

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • RESTORATION AND TRANSFER OF THE FILM BY EYE FILM INSTITUTE/AMSTERDAM
  • Interview with producer Pim de la Parra at the Dutch Sex Wave festival, Cinematheque Francais (HD, 2018)
  • Interview with Hugo Metsers Jr., Paris (HD, 2018)
  • Eye Film Institute – Featurette (HD, 2018)
  • Vintage Interview with director Wim Verstappen (HD, 1971)
  • Blue Movie HD poster & photo video gallery
  • Original Scorpio films Theatrical Trailers (HD)

Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie (1975)

Synopsis: Susan (Willeke Van Ammelrooy) lives on an idyllic farmhouse, along with the sex-loving youngsters Sandra, Olga and Julie, and the unstable voyeur Albert. A number of absurd killings take place by the sex-vampires. The allegations, however, go out to Piet (Nelly Frijda), the crazy woman on the other side of the ditch. Not too long after that, a young craftsman becomes intrigued by the dangerous and lusty ladies.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • RESTORATION AND TRANSFER OF THE FILM BY EYE FILM INSTITUTE/AMSTERDAM
  • Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
  • Three short films from the legendary Dutch company Scorpio Films:
    • Heart Beat Fresco (1966)
    • Joop (1969)
    • Joop Strikes Again (1970)
  • Original Scorpio Films theatrical trailers
  • Poster and Photo gallery

Scorpio Films: The Dutch Sex Wave Collection trailer

 

Notice: The picture quality of these photos and videos do not reflect the picture quality of the blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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