Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week: A Blu-Ray version of Jane Fonda's peculiar heroine, and an indie experiment in the political abuse of technology.
It's really not a great movie. In fact, as a movie, it's pretty terrible. But as evidence of Sixties camp and a benchmark in rapidly shifting depictions of female self-determinism, it's kind of indispensible. Unfortunately.
Formats: New on Blu-Ray.
The story: Sexy Barbarella roams 41st-century space with her blind guardian angel, Pygar.
Starring: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, David Hemmings, Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin.
Directed by: Roger Vadim.
Features: Theatrical trailer.
This indie from Austin actor-filmmaker Paul Bright attempts to tackle the social and political ramifications of how technology and the internet can be used to manipulate the masses.
The story: A woman uses her lovers to achieve her goal of thwarting the one man she hasn't been able to manipulate, and her web of seduction leads to a national-security chase.
Starring: Shannon Lark, Aaron Weisinger, Cynthia Schiebel, Mike Justice, Matthew Charles Burnett.
Directed by: Paul Bright.