The British Film Institute has put their money where their heart is, and continues to release films that should be seen, but will not be released on Blu-ray by large publishers.
Such is the case with Michael Sarne's Joanna, which I first saw at a screening at Fox in New York in 1968. It's a quirky, mod film of the era that, while a bit odd, has character and charm. Part of that charm comes from Joanna herself, played by former model Genevieve Waite. When she's on screen the picture sparkles. To me, at first glance, I felt that I was seeing a cross between Lucille Ball and Rainbeaux (Cheryl) Smith.
Photographed by Walter Lassally (Tom Jones), and with the poetic music of the era by Rod McKuen, the film is unique in many ways. The final musical number, breaking the fourth wall at a railway station, is a hoot.
The image appears to be derived from a print or low-con, and has occasional wear, but nothing problematic. The audio likewise, sounds to be from an optical source, but one can never be certain.
Image - 3.5
Audio - 3/5