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Blu-ray Review: Rapture

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★★★★☆

This artistic and intoxicating piece of work from 1965 is by British-born filmmaker John Guillermin, who went on to direct the 1976 version of King Kong and the 1978 adaptation of Death on the Nile. It hasn’t been seen or circulated much for many years, but this gorgeous edition from the wonderful people at Eureka Entertainment should soon put that right.

The film stars French actor Patricia Gozzi (she didn’t last long in the business – indeed she only made two more films after this one, even though she is still alive today). She plays a young woman, the daughter of a former judge and acts rather weirdly. She’s clearly upset about something. They live on a farm away from civilisation on the Brittany coast.

Things start to really get going when the good-looking Dean Stockwell (pictured above) turns up as an escaped convict who has a considerable effect on Gozzi's character. Both their performances have a kind of mesmerising beauty to them, as does Marcel Grignon’s haunting black and white cinematography.

A note on the disc: Eureka’s wonderful presentation looks utterly glorious. The widescreen image is beautiful to behold. There are some scenes that have been clearly touched up with some edge enhancement, though nothing too distracting. As usual, this is a quality release from Eureka.  

Rapture (1976), directed by John Guillermin, is released on Blu-ray by Eureka Entertainment, Certificate 12.




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