Tinto Brass, reigning high priest of the handsomely mounted skin flick, returns with this portmanteau feature. Six couples spice up their sex lives as the women have sex with other people and their menfolk watch/hear about it/join in too.This is the most explicit film from Brass to come out on the Cult Epics label, in that a fair bit of the sex here is not simulated. The tone is consistently cheerful, and there are some quite funny moments. The performers look more like real people than one might expect, and so, all in all, this ain’t deep, but it’s better than most efforts of its kind.
The 2.0 sound has a very enthusiastic and boppy score jumping around in full surround, but that isn’t entirely a good thing. The music sounds very tinny, and enveloping as it is, the sound quality is rather abrasive. Otherwise, there are some sound effects that migrate into the rear speakers, but mostly that is the role of the music. The dialogue is clear, and there is more of it than you might expect with this kind of a movie.
The first shot is a little worrying, marred by dirt and grain as it is, but then the picture settles down, and we have very handsome, rich colours and contrasts, fine blacks, and excellent flesh tones. The image is pretty sharp, too. Grain and softness do return now and then, but generally, this is a pretty good-looking transfer.
The making-of featurette isn’t much more than a musical montage of behind-the-scenes shots, interrupted by the occasional brief interview. Not very informative then, though Brass does take the time to lay out the film’s philosophy. I’m not sure I buy it, but he is articulate about what he’s up to here. There are two photo galleries, one of which is XXX rated. And there are trailers for all the other Brass releases from Cult Epics.
I don’t think the film is as intelligent as it thinks it is, but heck, at least it DOES have a thought in its head.