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Cheeky! – Arrow Video (BluRay / DVD Combo) 
Written by: on January 30th, 2014

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2000
Director: Tinto Brass
Writers: Tinto Brass, Carla Cipriani, Nicolaj Pennestri, Silvia Rossi, Massimiliano Zanin
Cast: Yuliya Mayarchuk, Jarno Berardi, Francesca Nunzi, Max Parodiodi

BluRay Released: February 10th, 2014
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English, DTS-HD Mono Italian
Subtitles: English, English SDH
BluRay Release: Arrow Video
Region Encoding: Region B/ Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £19.99

“Pornography is there to give you an erection. Erotica is there to give you emotions.”Tinto Brass

Carla (Yuliya Mayarchuk) goes to London for a four-week internship. Her boyfriend Matteo is the jealous type and he is going to join her at a later time in London. Carla shortly after her arrival in London has several suitors’ men and women who want her affection. Will Carla be able to remain faithful or will she crumble to her desires before Matteo arrives?

Tinto Brass original started his career directing art house films before shifting into erotic cinema in the 1970’s. His films have always been soft core romps that come close but never cross the line into full blown hard core sex films. A lot has changed in the thirty plus years Brass has been directing these types of films as the soft-core market has all but dried up except for maybe cable TV with the focus going towards making hardcore films. There are almost too many hardcore films being produce and might I add poorly being directed by talent less hacks who have no idea how to direct erotic scenes without ever being vulgar. Tinto Brass is the last of dying bread as his film are not only beautifully photographed they are also some of the most sensual images ever committed to celluloid.

Trasgredire also, known as Cheeky! is a film about a temptress named Carla. The film opens with a scene where a man flashes his penis at Carla as she walks through the park. No fazed or bashful in the least Carla shows him her privates before turning around and flashing him her ass. This scene quickly establishes the Carla character as a sexual being that obsesses over sex. Brass also fleshes out the rest of the main character like Carla’s boyfriend Matteo and her lesbian lover Moira. This film also marks the first-time Tinto Brass fully explored in any of his films a lesbian relationship between two main characters.

Two stand out scenes in the film are one when Clara and Moira are at a party and when they arrive they are several women with their asses in the air bent over a couch as men walk by choose which one they want. Brass truly knows the beauty of woman’s ass as he captures this moment in a breath taking tracking shot. The other stand out moment is when Clara is having a playful romp of the beach with a former French lover. This scene is actually told as a flashback; still it is by the far the most erotic moment in the film.

Pino Donaggio supplies a playful score that is just so damn catchy the motifs will stay with you for days. The film also boasts some lavish sets and locations that really open up this film. Every composition is artfully done by Brass who uses every inch of the frame. Brass proves with Cheeky! that his still has the Midas touch as he creates another erotic masterpiece.

The BluRay:

Cheeky! comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. 27.6 GB is the size of this disc. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Before the film starts there is a brief disclaimer about how this brand new HD master was made at Cinecitta Digital Factory. Colors look nicely saturated and accurate, black and contrast levels look very good throughout. Details look sharp; there are no issues with compression or DNR. Overall this new transfer from Arrow Video is comparable to Cult Epic’s transfer for this Blu-Ray release.

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD Mono mix in English and a DTS-HD Mono mix in Italian. Both audio mixes sound great as dialog is always clear, everything sound balanced and robust when it needs too. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles and English SDH subtitles.

Extras for this release include a English language trailer for the film (3 minutes 23 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette  (3 minutes 23 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles). These are the same extras that appeared on Cult Epics Blu-Ray release for Cheeky! Other extras include a reversible covert art and collectable booklet new writing on the film by critic and author Maitland McDonagh and illustrated with original archive stills. Also included with this combo release is a DVD that contains the same contents that are on the BluRay included as part of this release. Overall Cheeky! Is there best looking Tinto Brass release to date, highly recommended.

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