Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 12th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1993
Director: Antonio Bonifacio
Writer: Daniele Stroppa
Cast: Demetra Hampton, John Armstead, Theo Losito, Cinzia Monreale, Cristina Garavaglia, Marco Carbonaro, Cristina Rinaldi
DVD released: March 30th, 2010
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
The plot revolves around a couple who on the surface appear to have the perfect marriage. Things become strained between Kreola and her husband a photographer while they are vacationing on a tropical island. Unable to get her husband to pay more attention to her. She has an affair with another man in hopes of getting her husband to notice her. Will her indiscretion finally make her husband realize what he is about to lose or has she go too far to ever return to the love she once shared with her husband.
Kreola was directed by Antonio Bonifacio who other notable film’s include a pair of giallo’s Scandal in Black (Blind Date) and The Strange Story of Olga O. The screenplay for Kreola was written by Daniele Stroppa who’s other notable screenwriting credits include The Convent of Sinners, Delirium: Photo of Gioia, Witchery, The House of Clocks, Scandal in Black and Voices from Beyond. The cinematographer on Kreola was Angelo Lannutti who’s other notable credits include Passion (Simona), Satan’s Baby Doll and The Secret Nights of Lucrezia Borgia. The score for Kreola was composed by Gianni Ferrio who’s other notable scores include The Bloodstained Butterfly, Death Caresses at Midnight and Tony Arzenta – Big Guns.
The plot quickly establishes the unusual relationship between Kreola and her husband. She is desperate for his affection, while he appears to be content with watching other men with her. The bulk of the film takes place on a tropical island. Once on the island her husband is too busy to spend time with her. He spends most of his time taking photographs for his employer who paid for their trip. The story introduces a few red herring characters like a former classmate of Kreola’s husband. None of these characters ever amount to much more than background fodder that helps the story limp along. The only character that really figures much into the growing divide between Kreola and her husband is the man who brought them over on his boat. Apparently he is very popular with the ladies and once you have been with him you can’t give him up. In all the story is pretty standard for a erotica film. Also there is no shortage of sex scenes and at times it appears that the film has been padded with sex scenes.
The film’s direction is adequate enough with plenty of lingering shots of the female cast members in various stages of undress. Performance wise it is hard to gauge the majority of the performances since it is most likely that most of them were dubbed for the wooden English language track. The film’s lead actress Demetra Hampton in the role of Kreola certainly has the psychical attributes that her roles requires. Her debut as an actress was in the lead role of a T.V. series titled “Valentina” which was based on an Italian comic that was created by Guido Crepax. Another performance of note is Cinzia Monreale (Beyond the Darkness, The Beyond) in the role of Jo Ann a former classmate of Kreola’s husband. Ultimately the exotic locale and the premise are never fully realized and the end result is at best, an average soft-core romp.
Kreola is presented in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The image never looks cropped or too tight. Colors look nicely saturated, flesh tones look healthy, black levels look good and details look generally crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital Mono English and Dolby Digital Mono Italian (no English subtitles). Both audio mixes are in great shape as they sound clean, clear and balanced throughout.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Kreola gets a strong audio / video presentation from Mya Communication.