Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 19th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Italy / Colombia, 1985
Director: Nello Rossati
Writer: Franco Reggiani
Cast: Rodrigo Obregón, Eleonora Vallone
DVD released: October 25th, 2011
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Though this film sets itself up as an escape from prison film, it quickly turns into a story about a man on the run and the relationship that evolves between him and his hostage. The film is set in South America and it centers around a fugitive, who has just escaped from a maximum security prison. A chance encounter forces him to take a young woman hostage and from there the film follows them as they traverse across treacherous mountain and jungle like terrain. And while all this is happening, this young woman’s father, with the help of law enforcement try to keep pace with them.
As mentioned before, this film’s heart and soul is the evolving relationship between is the fugitive and the woman he has kidnapped. And don’t kid yourself this is not your atypical hostage story, think of something more along the lines of Patty Hearst. The fugitive character rarely shows his captor any kindness and is often hostile towards her, even going so far as raping her on a few occasions. And while it would be understandable that she would harbor ill feelings towards her captor, it is a little more difficult to swallow her unwieldiness to finally leave him, when she is giving the chance. If fact there is a scene where she is given a chance to escape, when her father and the men who are with him pass by her location. Instead she decides to let them pass and stay with her captor. To be fair this film’s ending clumsily tries to explain her reasoning behind her decisions, a woman scorned sort of vibe. Unfortunately this about face greatly clashes with the prisoner falling for her captor vibe that was established earlier on in the film.
Performance wise, this is essentially a two character show, with the majority of the characters serving as nothing more than background fodder. Cast in the role of Manuel, the fugitive is an actor named Rodrigo Obregón, he would later go onto appear in numerous films that were directed by Andy Sidaris and Eleonora Vallone portrays Amparo, the young woman who is kidnapped is an actress named. Chemistry wise the paring of these two actors is often on shaky ground, as most of their performances come from their expressions, since dialog is minimal, especially for the Amparo character. And without a doubt the aforementioned scene in which Amparo has a chance to escape, after being rapped once again by her capture is easily this film most memorable moment.
Erotic Escape was directed by Nello Rossati, who’s other notable film’s include The Sensuous Nurse and Don’t Touch the Children! The film’s original Italian language title ‘Fuga scabrosamente pericolosa’ roughly translates to ‘Roughly Dangerous Escape’, which only further drives home how baffling this film’s re-titling to ‘Erotic Escape’ all the more dubious. Especially since there is nothing remotely erotic about this film, at least they got half of the title right, there is an actual escape.
Erotic Escape is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Though the image never looks cramped, there are several instances in which the aspect ratio ever so slightly changes at the top of the frame. It appears that this transfer has been sourced from a VHS source, as the image generally looks soft, colors tend to look muted and black levels have murky grayness to them. Also there are some issues with compression, most notable during darker scenes.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been include. It should be noted that subtitles have a few grammatical errors. There are some mild issues pertaining to distortion and background noise is never to excessive.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Erotic Escape gets a mediocre audio / video presentation.