Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 19th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1982
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Writers: Mauro Mariani, Giorgio Mariuzzo
Cast: Donatella Rettore, Gena Gas, Dario Caporaso, Howard Napper, Paola Borboni, Didi Perego, Adriana Russo, Anita Ekberg
DVD released: March 31st, 2009
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Fatty Goes to New York was directed by Umberto Lenzi whose other notable films include Sandokan the Great, The Pirates of Malaysia, Kriminal, A Gun for One Hundred Graves, A Quiet Place to Kill, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Man from Deep River, Gang War in Milan, Knife of Ice, Spasmo, Almost Human, Eyeball, Syndicate Sadists, Rome Armed to the Teeth, Violent Naples and The Cynic, the Rat & the Fist. The screenplay for Fatty Goes to New York was co-written by Giorgio Mariuzzo whose other screenwriting credits include Contraband, The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery. Fatty Goes to New York was photographed by cinematographer Carlo Carlini who’s other notable film’s include Hercules and the Captive Women, The Big Gundown, Death Rides a Horse, The Bloodstained Butterfly, Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye, Street Law, Cry of the Prostitute, Autopsy, Black Emanuelle and The Pyjama Girl Case. The original Italian language title for Fatty Goes to New York is Cicciabomba.
The plot for Fatty Goes to New York is your typical ugly duckling turned into a swan with a little bit of revenge thrown in to spice things up. The film’s lead character Miris is obnoxious and reluctant to let her guard down after years of being bullied. The plot is not without its flaws which include to improbable events. The first is Miris on the verge of suicide finds a ticket declaring that she has won a trip to New York. In a box of chocolate that the boy who has been tormenting her. The other major event is on her arrival in New York just happens to meet a baroness whose deceased husband is an inventor of a miraculous weight loss product. It is easy to overlook the improbability of both of these events since they help further the story. The plot is filled with enough off the wall moments to keep things moving along. That is until the film’s final act where Miris returns to Italy for her revenge and everything comes to a halt.
The film has a dated early 1980’s look and vibe to it. Visually some of the cooler scenes are the ones shot in New York where you can see billboards for explicit films that have long since ceased playing in these venues since New York was cleaned up. Performance wise outside of the film’s lead Donatella Rettore an Italian pop singer in her film debut as Miris. The early scenes where her character is overweight stick out like a sore thumb as the padded clothing and moth balls in the mouth do little to conceal how thin she really is! Also the film incorporating of musical numbers into the film is an obvious attempt to cash in on her popularity as a pop singer. Cast in a secondary role is Swedish sex goddess Anita Ekberg in the role of Baroness Judith von Kemp. Performance wise Anita Ekberg just phones this one in. Ultimately Fatty Goes to New York is an absurd comedy that retreads familiar ground.
Fatty Girl Goes to New York is presented in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the film’s original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors look nicely saturated and flesh tones look healthy. Details look crisp and black levels fare well throughout. The source used for this transfer is in good shape and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been provided. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and at times robust (especially during musical numbers).
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Fatty Girl Goes to New York gets a good audio/video presentation that fares well even though the transfer is letterboxed instead of anamorphic.