- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: Italian & English LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/16-bit)
- Subtitles: English, English SDH
- Subtitles Color: White
- Region: B (Region-Locked)
- Certificate: 18
- Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
- Digital Copies: N/A
- Run Time: 97 Mins.
- Studio: Arrow Films
- Blu-ray Release Date: May 20, 2013
- List Price: £19.99
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In this 1992 film, the Italian writer/director Tinto Brass, famed for his fetishistic infatuation with the female derrière, traverses similar terrain to some of his other other films, mainly extramarital affairs, the examination of “cuckoldry” as it were, and the sexual awakening of a heretofore sexually uptight woman.
All Ladies Do It (Così fan tutte) follows the sexual adventures of Diana (Claudia Koll), who is happily married to Paolo (Paolo Lanza). The married Venetian couple enjoy arousing each other with Diana’s fictional tales of her sexual adventures outside of the marriage, usually based on brief – and aborted – sexual dalliances with men who can’t control themselves around her unbelievable beauty. But when Diana is encouraged by the ladies at her job to truly experiment with sex outside her marriage and begins an affair with an older French poet named Alphonse (Franco Branciaroli), it sends her husband into a raging fit of jealousy that shocks Diana, sending her off with her friends and sister on a wild journey of excessive sexual experimenting. It culminates in one of the wildest, weirdest orgiastic scenes of a rave ever put to film.
As with all of Brass’ films, he carefully traverses the line between erotica and pornography, although in All Ladies Do It, he does slip in many clips of actual pornographic scenes. What separates Brass’ films from pornography, however, despite his fascination with nudity, sex and, especially, the buttocks, has always been his auteurist way with the lens and his overwhelming sense of whimsy. The cinematography and set designs are absolutely magnificent here, as always, even timeless in way, removing All Ladies Do It from any particular time period, except for certain telltale signs that place it an era, such as use of ecstasy in the scene at the rave. It could otherwise very well be taking place in the 1970s.
That said, this is probably one of the least effective of Brass’ films, simply due to it being so brazenly sexual and that he is traversing territory he has been down before, such as in the similarly themed (and far more interesting) The Key from nearly a decade earlier.
This transfer of the original 35mm source does not look very good at all, especially considering it is only from 1992. Provided in AVC/MPEG-4 1080p and framed and 1.78:1, the image is incredibly soft, seems a bit high in overall gamma, and lacks detail in the shadows at the same time, where it just gets murky and flat. Contrast is not good, as the image just looks quite dull overall and colors do not pop.
The original Italian-language track is supplied with all-new English subtitle translations, plus an English dub. Both tracks are offered in LPCM 2.0 (48kHz/16-bit). They sound fairly decent with only the slightest hint of hiss and clipping. They have intelligible dialogue, good stereo spread of sound and some punch, particularly during the rave scene.
There isn’t much here, especially given the usually strong slate of extras offered by Arrow. On disc, we get only the original theatrical trailer, no featurettes or commentaries. The rest is the usual collectible swag, including the reversible sleeve and booklet with essay. This release also comes with a standard DVD of the release.
- Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly illustrated artwork by The Red Dress
- Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by critic David Flint, illustrated by rare production stills.
The Definitive Word
Tinto Brass’ sort of art house erotica is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a bit of a diversion and are looking for something that is highly sexual, beautifully filmed, filled with women too naturally beautiful to be true, yet also whimsical, this may the thing.
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