Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 31st, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1981
Director: Mario Sabatini
Cast: Philippe Leroy, Elisabetta Virgili, Martine Brochard, Luciano Crovato, Ines Pellegrini, Emiliano Di Meo, Maria Sorrento, Carlo Mammuccari, Margherita Baffico, Luigi Guasco, Mario Sabatini
DVD released: November 10th, 2009
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A wife tries to deal with the recent death of husband and her rebellious daughter who is at constant odds with her. One day a friend of her deceased husband enters her life. The wife and her husband’s friend quickly form a bound which further puts her at odds with her daughter who sets her sights on seducing her father’s friend.
The story is certainly ripe with potential; however the end result is something that just never fully pays offs. The thing that holds this film back more than anything else, is its inability to decided if it is going to drive home its more sleazy aspects or is it trying to be a more warm heartfelt story about a family in crisis. The plot is slow moving and predicable. Visually the film is also lacking, as it never tries to go beyond static set ups. Even a moment like the scene where the daughter of the deceased man is doing a sexy dance number comes off as flat and uninspired. Another thing that is lacking is every time things get a little naughty they quickly fizzle out before anything really naughty happens. Performance wise none of the cast leave a lasting impression with the most disappointing performance coming from Philippe Leroy (The Frightened Woman), in the role of Marco the friend of the deceased husband. Besides Philippe Leroy another familiar face in the cast is Martine Brochard (Eyeball), in the role of Isabella the deceased man’s widow. Ultimately Family Scandal is a forgettable film that is lacking in every way.
Family Scandal is presented in a letterboxed widescreen. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. This video sourced transfer looks overly bright during daytime scenes and night time scenes look to murky. There is plenty of print damage that varies in degree and the image looks soft throughout. Also while I am not sure exactly what the aspect ratio for Family Scandal should be, it should be noted that some of the names in the films credits look very cramped.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been provided. The subtitles are easy to read and follow. There is a mild background hum that varies in degree throughout and outside of this the audio is more than serviceable.
This DVD comes with no extra content. Overall Family Scandal gets a lackluster audio/ video presentation that is on par with Mya’s audio / video presentations for Mafia Connection and Lucifera: Demonlover.