Amazon has begun accepting pre-orders for the Blu-ray of "Barbarella," the campy 1968 sci-fi romp featuring Jane Fonda as the French comic strip heroine, with a release date of July 3 listed.
"Barbarella" is marked by the same audacity and originality, fantasy, humor, beauty and horror, cruelty and eroticism that make comic books such a favorite. The setting is the planet Lythion in the year 40,000, when Barbarella (Fonda) makes a forced landing while traveling through space. She acts like a female James Bond, vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters. She also rewards, in an uninhibited manner, the handsome men who assist her in the adventure. Whether she is wrestling with Black Guards, the evil Queen, or the Angel Pygar, she just can't seem to avoid losing at least a part of her skin-tight space suit!
As Movie Met's John J. Puccio wrote in his DVD review, "Austin Powers, eat your heart out! 'Barbarella' was satirizing the 1960s DURING the 1960s. Trouble is, the movie is not very funny satire. In fact, if it weren't for Jane Fonda in the title role, the film would be downright dull."