There are three movies here: Miranda, The Key and All Ladies Do It(whose Italian title, Cosi Fan Tutti sounds much less awkward). Though taking place indifferent periods (the first two are set in Fascist Italy, while the third is more modern), all threeshare some similarities in terms of plot: a dark haired-beauty has a long series of eroticencounters, but her true love belongs to one man. Handsomely mounted, with nice attention tocolour and costume, the…films have rather dull stories, and Brass has to ease up on the zoomlens.
Mono in all three cases, with only All Ladies Do It presented in Italian. All threewould have been post-synchronized anyway, but the awkwardness of dubbing is less apparent inthe Italian. The sound is decent enough, though The Key in particular suffers from staticand crackling.
1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers all round. Generally speaking, the colours are quitegood, with some nice contrasts. The reds in particular look good and lush. The flesh tones (all-important, obviously) are strong. The one disaster is the blacks on The Key. Somethinghas happened, and they are very often a deep blue, creating unintentionally surreal (not tomention extremely distracting) effects.
The menus are basic. All three films come with photo galleries, trailers for the wholecollection, filmographies for Brass and the respective leading ladies, and a quarter-hour interviewwith Brass about the relevant film. He certainly takes his movies seriously, and explains in detailwhat he sought to accomplish in each case, as well as discussing any censorship or otherproblems he might have run into. All Ladies Do It also features some outtakes. Themenus are basic.
An interesting boxed set, showing just how consistent Brass’ interests and techniques arefrom film to film. The movies themselves ambitious by soft-core standards, but hardlyclassics.
Special Features List
- Tinto Brass Interviews
- Photo Galleries