One of the greatest erotic films of the '70s, "THE STORY OF O" has been released on blu-ray by KOCH ENTERTAINMENT. Controversial at the time of its release, and criticized by some as being nothing more than a visually pleasing "porn" film, it's not! The plot revolves around two lovers, and the sexual adventures/escapades that they participate in and reflect upon. There have been several fine films labeled as porn by those not thoughtful enough to consider their deeper themes, "THE LAST TANGO" being one example. Although "THE STORY OF O" is arguably more explicit, it's no less intelligent and even political, in the way it confronts various social themes. Of course, there's more than a fair share of titillation, but such is the result when viewing a woman as beautiful as the young Corrine Clery. While some may rightfully argue as to how well the film's narrative and direction are handled, "THE STORY OF O" is the rare film that is certain to provide room for intelligent discussion by the audience, well after it's ended.
KOCH ENTERTAINMENT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p.AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The image is impressive considering the original source material, although there's nothing about it that will have one wanting to select it as a demonstration blu-ray. Colors are solid, although intentionally subdued, keeping with the surreal production design. The image has been cleaned up, without any signs of artifacts or scratches, although grain is consistently present. Detail is decent, but there are no scenes that provide a "jump-off-the-screen" effect one typically expects from high-definition. "THE STORY OF O" arguably looks as good as the film can look in high-definition
KOCH has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix in English, French and Spanish, without subtitles.. There's nothing here to brag about, but, then again, the original elements are accurate and the original film wasn't made with stereo effects or surround in mind! Still, dialogue is always intelligible and fidelity is decent throughout, without any distortion.
The original trailers for the film as well as a French-only commentary, are provided.