Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Miss Osbourne

Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Miss Osbourne

Udo Kier
Director: Walerian Borowczyk Cast: Udo Kier
Udo Kier
, Marina Pierro
Marina Pierro
, Howard Vernon
Howard Vernon
Walerian Borowczyk

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A bizarre Euro-kink variation on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, this intriguing film from Polish director Walerian Borowczyk takes place almost exclusively in the palatial home of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier), where the good doctor is being feted prior to his engagement to the austere Miss Fanny Osborne (Marina Pierro). The guest list -- comprised of various dignitaries, officials and symbols of bourgeois respectability -- could easily have strolled in from a Fellini film, complete with a closetful of perverse habits and barely-repressed sexual urges. At the onset of the festivities, it is learned that a young girl has been murdered on the streets that night -- an event somehow linked to Jekyll's insistence that his estate be willed to the yet-unseen Mr. Hyde. It comes as no surprise that Jekyll's infamous potion transforms him into a crazed sexual predator with desires so aggressive that his victims cannot survive... but the real twist comes when young Fanny joins Jekyll in his bath while he is transforming into Hyde, and the formula's malevolent effects are spread to her as well. Before long, the entire affair devolves into an orgy of sexual sadism and bloody violence as the evil is spread throughout the house. Borowczyk has imbued this quirky exercise with a doomed, nightmarish quality, contrasting the opulence of the festivities with dimly-lit, smoky rooms where the lecherous Hyde stalks his victims. Patrick Magee borrows a bit from his arch performance in Marat/Sade as the swaggering "General" who gets taken down a few notches at the end of a bullwhip. Released in the U.S. as Blood of Dr. Jekyll, then later on video as Bloodlust.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2015
UPC: 0760137720898
Original Release: 1981
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 3,695

Special Features

Appreciation by critic and long-term Brorwczyk fan Michael Brooke Audio commentary featuring an archival interview with Walerian Borowczyk and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird Brand new interviews with Udo Kier and Mariana Pierro Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk Interview with artist and and filmmaker Alessio Pierro Phantasmagoria of the Interior, a video essay on Borwczyk's Dr Jekyll by Adrian Martin and Cristina Àlvarez López Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk's collaborations with electro-acousitc composer Bernard Parmegiani Happy Toy (1979), a short film by Borowczyk inspired by Charles-Émile Reynaud's praxinoscope Interview with Sarah Mallinson, former assistant to Borowczyk and fellow animator Peter Foldes Return to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema, a featurette by Daniel Bird Theatrical trailer with optional commentary by editor Khadicha Bariha

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Udo Kier Dr.Henry Jekyll
Marina Pierro Miss Fanny Osborne
Howard Vernon Dr.Lanyon
Clement Harari Reverend Donald Regan
Patrick Magee General
Rita Maiden Actor
Giselle Preville Actor
Gerard Zalcberg Actor

Technical Credits
Walerian Borowczyk Director,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Kadicha Bariha Editor
Ralph Baum Producer
Piet Bolscher Costumes/Costume Designer
Roland Fruytier Asst. Director
Robert Kuperberg Producer
Jean-Pierre Labrande Producer
Bernard Parmeggiani Score Composer
Noel Very Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [:00]
3. Chapter 3 [:00]
4. Chapter 4 [:00]
5. Chapter 5 [:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:00]
7. Chapter 7 [:00]
8. Chapter 8 [:00]
9. Chapter 9 [:00]
10. Chapter 10 [:00]
11. Chapter 11 [:00]
12. Chapter 12 [:00]

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