Director: Hubert Frank
Review by: Nathan D. Pazsint
Released By: Severin Films
Year of Release: 1977
Running Time: 92 minutes
Color Format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: Dolby Digital Mono English
Region Code: Region 0, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1/16:9
16:9 Enhanced: YES
Special Features: High Life In Hong Kong: Interviews with Director Hubert Frank and Director of Photography Franz X. Lederle, Vanessa Revealed: Intimate Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, On-Set Home Movies, Theatrical Trailer
“Grapes are in season but it’s time to get your cherry picked…”
Ahhh…as the air swells with the groovy vibes of VANESSA’s throbbing score one finds themselves easily slipping into the warm Technicolor fantasy of it all, swallowed up by the velvety abandon that only the 70’s can provide. Wide languid shots of the exotic locale, rosy cheeked European temptresses, and soft focus scenes abound in this classic of carnal celluloid. Sit back, send your loved ones away, and celebrate one of the true joys of the digital age, delicious retro remasters!
Olivia Pascal (BEHIND CONVENT WALLS, BLOODY MOON) leads a sweat inducing cast of bravado laden beau’s (Anton Diffring FACELESS) and bold beauties (Eva Garden VIRGIN REPORT and Astrid Boner SCHOOLGIRL REPORT) ensnared in the tale of a nymphet who is whisked away from life with the nuns in Europe and delivered to exotic Hong Kong and quickly discovers the pleasures of Hong Kong’s sexually underbelly. There’s no shortage of lovely and inspiring views throughout, landscapes or otherwise in this erotic classic as well a healthy share of black magic, rice dancing (this requires viewing to understand), and a rather profound obsession with cock-fighting?? Although unjustly dismissed by some as simply an Emmanuelle knock-off (exactly how does one avoid comparison when dealing with the 70’s?), in a genre ripe with competitors both stateside and abroad Vanessa stands tall as a true classic. Enchanting, titillating, and seductive it easily rises above the fold to enrapture the viewer in it’s erotic spell. PETA approved this film will never be, but alas I’m sure you’ll find a way to enjoy it nonetheless.
The DVD itself is practically flawless, with a beautiful widescreen transfer filled with rich deep colors, and full tones throughout making it quite certainly the best way to see this film to date. Features include fun, memorable interviews with director Hubert Frank (WEDDING NIGHT REPORT, ISLAND OF 1000 DELIGHTS) and director of Photography Franz X. Lederle (SUCCUBUS) as well as a very cool, very revealing behind the scenes featurette and of course the original theatrical trailer. Severin has certainly peaked everyone’s interest in the last two years and with good reason, resurrecting many of the erotic arena’s classics with quality and style and continuing to get more ambitious as they go along. From a critic and a fan, please accept my most humble thanks, and keep them coming!
Actors: Olivia Pascal, Anton Diffring, Uschi Zech, Günter Clemens, Eva Eden