Here on Varied Celluloid if there is one genre that is sorely lacking in representation, it has to be general sexploitation. It’s a genre that has potential to lead into some of the slightly more unsavory and less respected facets of cinema, but similar to the Japanese and their pinku genre, the skin-flicks of the past used to actually have some form of brains to go along with their smut. Radley Metzger is certainly one of the more respected filmmakers within the world of classic sexploitation. Known for his work within the worlds of both softcore and hardcore skin flicks, his prime work was often hailed due to the stylish production values and the way he handled brash sexuality.
On April 26th one of his more famous titles, The Lickerish Quartet, will finally see a respectable release via the Cult Epics label. A simultaneous DVD and Bluray release, this looks to be the quintessential version of the film and will feature a plethora of special features. According to the press release, the plot synopsis is as follows: “An aristocratic family becomes obsessed with a striking young blond actress (Silvano Venturelli “Camille 2000”) while watching her in what appears to be a crude, silent stag film. After a visit to a local carnival they meet the girl in person and invite her back to their lavish mansion (the Castle of Balsorano in Italy’s Abruzzi Mountains). The blonde visitor takes turns seducing the family members, where she unlocks each of their fantasies, family secrets and hidden desires.”
Special features look to include a making-of featurette with never before seen footage, some kind of musical compilation of various love scenes, another featurette dealing with location audio vs. dubbed audio and a audio commentary track featuring director Radley Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen.
For more information, continue reading after the break to glance the full press release!
RADLEY METZGER’S FANTASY FOURSOME
The1970 Erotic Arthouse Classic THE LICKERISH QUARTET
Debuts on High-Definition DVD and Blu-ray on April 26
LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2011) – The New York Times Vincent Canby called director Radley Metzger’s film THE LICKERISH QUARTET “Beautiful! Ripe with incredible color, décor and movement” in the newspaper’s 1970 review. At the film’s premiere in New York Andy Warhol raved that it was “An outrageously kinky masterpiece” and recommended all to “Go!” see it. The film remains one of the first ever to feature elegantly shot sex scenes together with Hollywood type production values. It raised the bar for the portrayal of eroticism in film while still maintaining an R rating. THE LICKERISH QUARTET is Radley Metzger’s magnum opus, a delirious surreal erotic fantasy that is both stylish and elegant.
Cult Epics proudly presents Metzger’s erotic classic, appearing in high-definition Blu-ray for the first time ever. THE LICKERISH QUARTET, rated R by the MPAA, will be available at retailers for a list price of $29.98 (DVD) and $34.98 (Blu-ray). Both will be available on April 26, 2011.
Both editions feature a crisp high-definition transfer with fully saturated color. The extras include a making-of The Lickerish Quartet featurette containing rare footage of Silvana Venturelli, Paulo Turco and Radley Metzger, Giving Voice to the Quartet: location sound vs. dubbed soundtrack, trailers and a montage of cool love scenes produced for international territories where the original was too hot, plus commentary by Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen.