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Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: BSV
Running Time:
Classification: R18+
Reviewer:
Peter Parmac

8.0


Gwendoline (Uncut)

Barbarella meets Indiana Jones featuring Tawny Kitaen as Gwendoline, yes she of those famous Whitesnake videos of the mid 80’s.  Gwendoline is an action adventure set in the Far East, our heroine with her maid Beth (French actress Zabou) are on a mission to track down her father, who has mysteriously disappeared whilst on a mission to find a mythical butterfly.  She is joined on her quest by a soldier of fortune named Willard (and no he doesn’t own a pet rat named Ben).  Their journey leads them to the land of the Yik Yak, an Amazonian society led by an evil Queen who rules over an army of female fetish-clad warriors.  Gwendoline must defeat the Queen to prevent Willard from being forced to spawn a new race of female amazons, although if I were Willard I don’t know if I would want to be rescued.

Our adventure begins in China as Gwendoline stows away in a shipping crate, she is discovered by some ruffians who deliver her to the local gangster for money.  Her attendant Beth furiously searches for her and finds her captive in a local gambling den.  Fortunately for both of them a swashbuckling American mercenary Willard accidentally kills the gangster with his grappling hook and reluctantly rescues the girls.  He then loans out his services to follow Gwendoline’s father’s footsteps to help find a rare butterfly (for a price of course).  During the journey the three are captured by a primitive tribe of humans called Cheops, who practice human sacrifice.  We learn that Gwendoline, a virgin, is infatuated by Willard, who finally warms to her and promises to make love to her at least once before the Cheops kill them.  As they are all tied up the love making is only verbal but is one of the funnier moments in the film.  They manage to escape and travel to the land of the Yik Yak, avoiding poisonous dust storms they again are captured by a warrior society of woman led by an evil Queen.  The Amazon society must mate with captured male prisoners to maintain their race; Gwendoline earns this right by combat and finally makes love to her beloved Willard right under the Queens nose.  The Queen has a pet human named D’Arcy who is so broken and sycophantic that he replies to all the Queens requests by uttering “Superb, superb”, longing to escape this hellish existence whereby he is used to build torture devices he inadvertently helps our three butterfly chasers to escape as the Amazon city collapses around them.  Our three heroes emerge from the sands above triumphantly in survival and having also captured the butterfly they sought.

So what gives this movie a cult like status?  Well Tawny Kitaen has quite and few naked scenes and a sexploitation/erotic theme is apparent through the movie.  The Amazon city is well done with fetish armour being worn by the attractive female warriors and bizarre torture rituals that remind one of the legendary sci-fi camp film Barbarella.  It is very cheesy but directed in a lighthearted comedic way.  There is a little violent gore, a chap losing his ears is quite original and funny but the film never becomes boring of offensive.  The best line comes from Willard after he finds out he is to mate with the Amazon champion “Give me all your women and tomorrow you’ll be overpopulated”.

Coming from 1984 picture quality is very impressive and is shot in 2:35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and has Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.  Running time is approximately 87 minutes.  Extras include an audio commentary with director Just Jaeckin, a featurette called “Perils of Just”, theatrical trailer, image gallery and even a French language option.  Very good value for this cult movie.  English subtitles were mentioned but were not apparent upon playback.

Highly enjoyable campy action adventure with a touch of eroticism, very good video transfer and a beautiful cast.  Gwendoline has a unique look and feel, a French/USA coproduction it comes recommended for anyone looking for something different from the typical Hollywood fare.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary With Director Just Jaeckin
Just Jaeckin Featurette “Perils Of Just”
Theatrical Trailer
UK Promo
Gallery
French Language Option With English Subtitles
American Opening Titles






 
 



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