“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne” is a sexual take on the classic Stevenson story. Hyde is born of Jekyll’s sexual angst and a bathtub full of chemicals. Miss Osbourne among the many women in the area stay in constant danger of being raped and killed. What was subtext in Victorian literature is now shoved in your face and given that Eurotrash appeal. Borowczyk is one of those guys that I heard a lot about in college, but I never bothered to watch until now.
Udo Kier plays my favorite Jekyll in cinema. Watching him balance the inner filth of the character against Hyde’s rampage is stunning. The film runs at a quick 91 minute clip, but it earns its mature rating. If released today, I couldn’t possibly see this flick getting an R. Sexual violence blows away far too many casual viewers.
The Blu-Ray comes with video essays, featurettes, short films, interviews, trailers, commentary and more! Seriously, this has to be the most packed Arrow Blu-Ray to hit American shores. The 1080p transfer is flawless for the film’s first bow in America. The LPCM 1.0 mono track is true to the source. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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