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Cult Epics Bows ‘Camille 2000’31 May, 2011 By: Billy Gil
Cult Epics will release a new high-definition transfer of Radley Metzger’s erotic 1969 drama Camille 2000 June 28 on DVD at $29.98 and Blu-ray at $34.98.
Special features include a 30-minute featurette with actors Daniele Gaubert and Nino Castelnuovo as well as Metzger; the scene “Sylviane’s Bare Striptease,” which as cut from the film; the alternate take “Cube Love Scene”; an additional 12 minutes of outtakes; a before-and-after restoration comparison; and a commentary with Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen.
Two versions of the film will hit disc: The first will be released by CAV Distribution, with the 12 minutes of outtakes incorporated into the film; the second will come from eOne Entertainment, with the original theatrical version and the additional scenes as extras. Both versions will include the same bonus features otherwise, and will be listed at the same SRPs.
The film is a modern adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel La Dame aux Cammelias, about the tragic affair between courtesan Marguerite (Gaubert) and Armand (Castelnuovo), which takes place through the lens of high fashion and fetish parties. It is celebrated for its psychedelic fashions, cinematography and for being ahead of its time.
In concordance with the releases, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will hold a five-night retrospective of seven of Metzger’s quintessential films. From June 2 to 17, the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles will house screenings of Camille 2000, in addition to Carmen, Baby (1967), Therese And Isabelle (1968), The Lickerish Quartet (1970), Little Mother (1973), Score (1974) and The Image (1975).