Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 27th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1981
Director: Michele Massimo Tarantini
Writers: Luciano Martino, Francesco Milizia, Michele Massimo Tarantini, Jean Louis, Alberto Silvestri, Franco Verucci
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Alvaro Vitali, Giacomo Rizzo, Edith Peters, Enzo Andronico, Galliano Sbarra, Fidel Bauna, Jacques Stany, Renzo Montagnani, Aldo Maccione
DVD released: February 24th, 2009
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
A Policewoman in New York was directed by Michele Massimo Tarantini who’s other notable films include A Man Called Magnum, Massacre in Dinosaur Valley and Women in Fury. A Policewoman in New York is the third film in a trilogy of film which all star Edwige Fenech in the lead roles as detective Gianna Amicucci. The other two films in the series are Confessions of a Lady Cop and A Policewoman on the Porno Squad (both of these films were also directed by Michele Massimo Tarantini). The score for A Policewoman in New York was composed by Berto Pisano and some of his more notable scores include Naughty Nun, Strip Nude for Your Killer, Malabimba: The Malicious Whore, Patrick Still Lives and Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror.
From the get go it becomes quickly apparent that anything goes. The scene which introduces Gianna and Alvaro has them driving a police car up stairs and through a window at the police station. They are not the most conventional police officers and somehow in the chaos that follows them they always come out on top. As far fetched as the plot device where an FBI agent just happens to find to lookalike’s in Italy sounds, this never becomes an issue as the story progresses. Even though there are plenty of moments where Edwige Fenech’s sex appeal is fully exploited, the comedy in the film is more slapstick oriented with the sexual innuendos taking a back seat. The film also has an array of colorful secondary characters like a rival mob boss who stutters when he talks, a FBI agent who changes his accent every scene and Aunt Jemima maid who lusts after Pupa (one of two roles portrayed by Edwige Fenech).
Edwige Fenech is cast in the dual roles of detective Gianna Amicucci and Puppa. The film is clearly built around its star Edwige Fenech whose character wears a skin tight outfit while jogging and in another scene she exposes her breasts when the Turk (a rival mob boss) has gun pointed at her character. The highlight of this film has to be seeing Edwige Fenech doing her own stunts and partaking in martial arts like fighting. The other performance of note is an actor named Alvaro Vitali who is also cast in two roles detective Alvaro Tarallo and Joe Dodiciomicidi (the bodyguard of a mob boss named Big John). One of the film’s more amusing gags is that Alvaro has to wear an inflatable cushion over his gut since he is skinny and Joe Dodiciomicidi the man he is filling in for is robust down there. Throughout the film his inflatable cushion gets deflated at the most inopportune times. Another running gag involving Alvaro is a gay man who is infatuated with Joe Dodiciomicidi (the man he is impersonating), who tries to make moves on him throughout the film. It is not surprising that he film’s two leads Edwige Fenech and Alvaro Vitali compliment each others performances since they have appeared in several films together including Confessions of a Lady Cop, The School Teacher, The Lady Medic, Taxi Girl, A Policewoman on the Porno Squad and The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn. Ultimately A Policewoman in New York is an irreverent comedy that succeeds because of the superb performances from its two lead’s Edwige Fenech and Alvaro Vitali.
A Policewoman in New York is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors, black levels and details fare well throughout. There are no problems with artifacts or compression and edge enhancement is minimal. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with two audio options English and Italian. Both audio mixes are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio mixes sound clear, evenly balanced and they are free of any audio defects. Even though a Italian language mix has been included with this release, there are no English subtitles.
Extras for this release include the film’s Italian language trailer (no English subtitles) and a photo gallery with stills, lobby cards, posters and VHS box art (28 images). Overall Mya Communication gives, A Policewoman in New York a good DVD release that is on par with their The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn DVD release.