LUMINOUS PROCURESS BLU RAY REVIEW

Steven Arnolds LUMINOUS PROCURESS, a surrealist exploration of sex, gender and voyerism, might not be to everyones tastes but it should be on everyones who has a passing interest in experimental films, viewing list. His only feature film, the film transfuses his interest in the mystical. Two imp like spirits are taking into a San Francisco home and set free to follow a divine creature as she explores the realms of the physical. These realms challenge the hegemony of sex, gender and expectation as gender-fluidity and pan-sexuality merge. The body is freed, becoming more than a political tool and much more than a sexual object. Independantly produced, widely heralded and an underground sensation upon release, LUMINOUS PROCURESS suffered in the interim (I would recommend the excellent essay in the Blu Ray set from Steve Seid,  that is more substantive about these reasons then almost anything else and what I wish to mention in my word limit). The film disappeared from circulation for many years and simple languished, to be rediscovered by the few brave souls ready to experience its hedonistic delights.

The fully restored version, Second Run offer us is complete, looks to have been sublimely restored to a early 70s colour pallete haze of greens, earthern tones and flesh. The shimmer in the foreground is even given an intoxicating shine that will play well on a larger screen or projected. LUMINOUS PROCURESS additional content, is more interesting even than the film, and nearly as long. Steven Arnold interview waxes on the film and avoids a little of the hazards of indie film making and being caught up in the porn as art films of the period. Harry Tsvi Strauch is personable and gets Steven talking to at least glean something on the ideology behind his work. Steve Seid I could listen to all day, and I wished he had more to add, his Essay and this interview capturing two sides of his work on and about the film.

• Presented from the new 2K restoration of the fully uncut version of the film by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), and the Cinema Preservation Alliance.

• Newly-filmed interview with producer Harry Tsvi Strauch discussing the film and director Steven Arnold.

• Curator and author Steve Seid on the history and preservation of Luminous Procuress.

• 24-page booklet featuring an essay by Steve Seid and new writing by film scholar/critic Elena Gorfinkel.

• World premiere release on Blu-ray.

• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C).

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