Not only has Cult Epics released sev­er­al Radley Metzger titles on blu-ray, they’ve also assem­bled a few of them into a con­ve­nient box set called Erotica Psychedelica.  This col­lec­tion fea­tures The Lickerish Quartet and the the­atri­cal release ver­sions of Camille 2000 and Score (longer ver­sions of the lat­ter two titles are avail­able on sep­a­rate blu-rays).  Schlockmania has cov­ered the­se three discs in a series of film and blu-ray reviews and you can find the orig­i­nal entries on the­se titles via the links below:

Camille 2000 (Theatrical Version): Film Review and Blu-Ray Review

Score (Theatrical Version): Film Review and Blu-Ray Review

The Lickerish Quartet: Film Review and Blu-Ray Review

However, the Erotica Psychedelica box deserves its own sep­a­rate Digi-Schlock entry because it offers two extras that are exclu­sive to this col­lec­tion.  The first is a full-col­or book­let of lin­er notes.  It includes an ele­gant intro­duc­to­ry essay by Metzger, a career overview from Nathaniel Thompson of Mondo Digital and a brief bio of the direc­tor.  The Thompson essay is the heart of the book­let and he does well by his sub­ject, mix­ing crit­i­cal insights about the films in this set with quotes from Metzger him­self.  The pho­tos offers a mix­ture of stills and can­dids from the film, includ­ing a rather star­tling still from Score involv­ing Calvin Culver and Lynn Lowry.

The sound­track com­pi­la­tion disc includes music from all three films.  There are 4 cues from The Lickerish Quartet by Stelvio Cipriani: sound qual­i­ty is a bit raw on the­se but this is the first time they’ve been issued on disc so that’s a coup in itself.  The major­i­ty of the disc is devot­ed to Piero Piccioni’s sound­track from Camille 2000.  All this mate­ri­al sounds great, focus­ing pri­mar­i­ly on slinky, organ-dri­ven lounge grooves plus a few sweet string-laden orches­tral items.  A num­ber of alter­nate ver­sions of cues are also includ­ed for this score.  Best of all, this disc opens and clos­es with the mem­o­rable the­me song from Score in both its ver­sions, “Where Is The Girl” and “Where Is The Boy.”  This tune, a sort of pop tune done garage rock style with Procol Harum organ, is addic­tive stuff.

Overall, this is nice tidy pack­age for Metzger enthu­si­asts.  Each of the blu-rays is worth­while in both con­tent and a/v qual­i­ty and the book­let and CD are a nice bonus for buy­ing the­se titles bun­dled togeth­er.  It’s a worth­while val­ue for fans at any lev­el of expe­ri­ence with this stuff — and if you’re new to the director’s work, it’s a lav­ish yet afford­able way to dive in head-first.