'The Brigitte Bardot Collection'
(Brigitte Bardot, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2007 / LGF)
Overview: NAUGHTY GIRL: A romantic comedy about a sexy teenager who moves in with the entertainer at her father's nightclub. LOVE ON A PILLOW: An innocent young woman clings to the abusive alcoholic whose life she saved. THE VIXEN: In this offbeat sex comedy, Brigitte Bardot is a secretary seduced by her womanizing boss. COME DANCE WITH ME: In this comedy/mystery, a wife turns detective to proove her husband is innocent of murder. TWO WEEKS IN SEPTEMBER: A wife is torn between two lovers - her older husband and a much younger man.
DVD Verdict: The 'BB Collection' is a general overview of Ms. Bardot's Body of work from the mid 1950's to the late 1960's. We can see a young but ingenous starlet mature into a compitent actress over the years. She steals the show in several otherwise mediocre films. The video quality varies from film to film so don't expect much, from poor to fair, compared to todays crisper lines and more realistic coloring.
Audio quality is often quite poor. The writing and storylines are of course dated, present day expectations are to be left for comparison only, anyone expecting modern scenarios or production values will be sorely disappointed.
For historical value I did enjoy these movies, for overall quality well, it could have been a little easier on the eye at times. But please do remember these are not Bridget Bardot's better films. The story values I would say could have been enhanced by some more ballsy writers as I have seen similar films that held my interest better. In truth, the films as a vehicle for Brigitte is the primary draw.
For younger viewers, many of these films were rather risque when they were released, though tame by today's standards. They do show an interesting evolution in cinema, and in one actresses career.
Here's a quick rundown of what to expect from these five films in the set: NAUGHTY GIRL (1956)co-written by Bardot's husband/svengali - Vadim just a year before her breakthrough hit "And God Created Woman". Fun romp with Bardot in her early gamin look. Color/ widescreen; COME DANCE WITH ME (1959) - wild mix of genres from gangster film to musical to sex comedy. Plus you get to see Bardot dance which is a treat in and of itself. color; LOVE ON A PILLOW (1962) - co-written and directed by Vadim. Taken from biographical elements of Bardot's life. A man tries to commit suicide and is helped in his recovery by Bardot. Co-starring Robert Hossein. Good early Vadim film. More dramatic role for Bardot like her roles in Contempt and The Truth. color/widescreen; TWO WEEKS IN SEPTEMBER (1967) - Swinging London in the late 60's. Great print with wonderful colors. Cool shots of London, underground clubs and a very sexy Bardot in her more familiar blonde bomshell look. Color/widescreen;
THE VIXEN (1969) - Bardot helps a writer get through his writer's block as only she knows how to do. Toward the end of her career but Bardot still looks fantastic. And shows a more mature comedic talent. color.
Note: Several of these films were released in 2000 from Anchor Bay. But this set includes better prints and nice supplemental material. Again, if nothing else, this box set is a good addition for the foreign cinephile's library. These are all Widesccreen Presentations (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Larger Than Life: Brigitte Bardot and the Mythology of the Sex Symbol
English and French Subtitles