Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on May 18th, 2006
Carla (Yuliya Myarchuk) is a Venetian in London, looking for a flat in which she and her boyfriend Matteo can live once he actually arrives there. In the meantime, she has been in London for a month, and he is in Rome, pining for her. Both of them are getting a bit sexually frustrated, but Carla works that issue out with a series of affairs, and for some reason, Matteo seems to have a problem with this.We are once again in the of Tinto Brass’ ass-worship and cheerful infedelity. The tone is established by Carla’s opening credit stroll through Hyde Park (a walk which Matteo will recreate later to transformative effect), which is depicted as a carnal wonderland. It seems that the Italians see the English as sexually uninhibited. Anyway the sexcapades dance up to the border of, but do not quite cross into, hardcore, and the tone is cheery. It ain’t art, exactly, but it is one of Brass’ more engaging films.
The 2.0 score is at its best with the music, which is very bouncy in that very 80′s manner, and is given quite the energetic mix. Otherwise, the film might as well be mono, as it is very obviously post-synchronized, and the sound is thus somewhat detached from the images, and there is no surround to speak of. This is all a factor of the source material, of course, and the clarity of the sound is fine.
This is a very nice transfer. Though the colours are arguably a bit on the pastel side initially, they become very strong when this is called for. The print is in excellent shape, with no grain, speckling, or edge enhancement. The image is sharp, and the all-important flesh tones are excellent. All in all, it looks good. The aspect ratio is 1.66:1 anamorphic.
The behind-the-scenes featurette is basically a racier version of the typical promotional bit, though the interview with Brass is pretty revealing, so kudos for that. Otherwise, the only extras are six trailers for other Brass releases and a still gallery. The menu’s main screen is scored.
Cult Epics is certainly doing well by Tinto Brass, with nice transfers from good prints. This is no exception.