Big news for fans of vintage erotica: Camille 2000, acclaimed by critics and fans as one of the greatest Radley Metzger films, is going to be the 100th release for Cult Epics.  They will release this title on both DVD and blu-ray and there will also be two different versions available: the theatrical cut and a lengthier version that adds 12 minutes.  These discs will be released in June, which will also see a major retrospective of Metzger’s work at UCLA.  Read on for all the artsy/sexy details on both the reissue and the retrospective…

CAMILLE 2000 SEDUCES THE SENSES

Cult Epics Marks 100th Release with Gorgeous Restoration of

Radley Metzger’s 1969 Erotic Drama, Now Expanded with Extras

UCLA Film & Television Archive to Honor Metzger in June with

Film Retrospective Featuring Seven of the Director’s Finest

Blu-ray and DVD Versions of Camille 2000 Due Out June 28

LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2011) – To celebrate its 100th release, Cult Epics will unveil a newly restored, high-definition transfer of the erotic drama CAMILLE 2000 on June 28. Originally released in 1969, this sensual classic was directed by independent film pioneer Radley Metzger, a master of art house erotica who is acclaimed for his deft combination of opulent production design, exquisite cinematography and edgy themes.

Set in Rome amid the height of psychedelic fashion, CAMILLE 2000 is a modern adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel “La Dame aux Cammelias.” The story follows the tragic affair between Marguerite (Daniele Gaubert), a doomed courtesan, and Armand (Nino Castelnuovo), a naïve bachelor who falls for her. The couple drifts through a seedy world of haute couture, inflatable furniture and fetish parties as their romance unravels to the pulsing accompaniment of Piero Piccioni’s lush score.

Cult Epic’s high-definition transfer of CAMILLE 2000 enhances the visual beauty of the film’s rich Pop Art aesthetic with a vibrant gloss not seen since its theatrical release. Two versions of this newly restored gem will be offered June 28. The first, from CAV, is an extended version of the original that incorporates 12 minutes of additional footage compiled by Metzger. The second, from Entertainment One, features the original theatrical version of the film and includes those additional scenes as extras. Both versions of the film – each expanded with the same additional bonus features – will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested list price of $34.98 and $29.98 respectively.

Also in June, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will honor Metzger with a five-night retrospective that highlights seven of his quintessential films. Scheduled to run June 2-17 at the Billy Wilder Theater, the retrospective will include screenings of Carmen, Baby (1967); Therese And Isabelle (1968); Camille 2000 (1969); The Lickerish Quartet (1970); Little Mother (1973); Score (1974); and The Image (1975).

The retrospective will begin on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of the extended director’s cut of Metzger’s enigmatic masterpiece The Lickerish Quartet. At the film’s conclusion, Metzger will be on hand to answer questions about his films. He will also introduce the film Camille 2000 (Friday, June 3) which begins at 8 p.m. Later that evening, Metzger will attend a party co-sponsored by Cult Epics, the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive in the Hammer Museum courtyard to celebrate the June 28 release of Camille 2000 on Blu-ray and DVD. The screening and party on June 3 is free and open to the public.

While the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s retrospective pays tribute to Metzger’s past achievements, the director is at work on the script of Solarium, which will be his first new film since retiring from feature filmmaking in 1984. Solarium is being produced by Cult Epics founder Nico Bruinsma. The film tells the story of five beautiful women who meet at the Wanda Solarium. “In this relaxed setting, the women allow their primitive instincts to emerge and explore what Carl Jung refers to as the ‘shadow side,’” Metzger explains. “It’s an exciting story, and one that drew me back into theatrical storytelling.” Casting is currently underway as Bruinsma searches for the perfect quintet of Solarium seductresses.

In August, Cult Epics will present Radley Metzger’s Erotica Psychedelica, a boxed set that collects three of Metzger’s best – Camille 2000, The Lickerish Quartet and Score – on Blu-ray.  Each disc features a high-definition transfer of the original theatrical release along with a number of bonus features. The set will be available in a limited edition of only 3500 numbered copies and will include a booklet and an exclusive soundtrack CD that compiles ultra cool music from all three films.

For additional information regarding CAMILLE 2000 or the Metzger Film Retrospective, please contact Christoph Buerger at (323) 868-7611 or christoph@davidlynch.com.

CAMILLE 2000 – DVD & BLU-RAY DETAILS:

EXTRAS:

On The Set Of Camille 2000– A 30 Minute Featurette with Daniele Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo and Radley Metzger.

-Sylviane’s Bare Striptease – Cut from Feature Before Release

Cube Love SceneNewly discovered Alternate Take

Outtakes Includes 12 Minutes of Additional Scenes completed by the Director

Restoration of Camille 2000 – Before and After comparison

-Commentary track by Radley Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen

-Trailers

EXTRAS:

On The Set Of Camille 2000– A 30 Minute Featurette with Daniele Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo and Radley Metzger.

-Ulana’s Bare Striptease – Cut from Feature Before Release

Cube Love SceneNewly discovered Alternate Take

Restoration of Camille 2000 – Before and After comparison

-Commentary track by Radley Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen

-Trailers

RADLEY METZGER RETROSPECTIVE

Hosted by the UCLA Film & Television Archive

All screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

7:30 p.m. – THE LICKERISH QUARTET

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

8 p.m. – CAMILLE 2000

MONDAY, JUNE 6

7:30 p.m. – THERESE AND ISABELLE

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

7:30 p.m. – CARMEN BABY

9 p.m. – LITTLE MOTHER

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

7:30 p.m. – SCORE

9 p.m. – THE IMAGE