Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 7th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: Giuliano Carmineo
Writers: Tito Carpi, Carlo Giuffrè, Luciano Martino, Francesco Milizia
Cast: Carlo Giuffrè, Edwige Fenech, Didi Perego, Franca Valeri, Carlo Delle Piane, Lia Tanzi, Gigi Ballista, Oreste Lionello, Enzo Cannavale, Adriana Facchetti, Enzo Andronico, Enzo Robutti, Carla Mancini, Vittorio Fanfoni, Ennio Colaianni, Franco Magno
DVD released: August 11th, 2009
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Televista
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A womanizer shoe salesmen with a gambling addiction becomes a gigolo to help pay off his debt.
Poker in Bed was directed by Giuliano Carmineo who’s other collaborations with actress Edwige Fenech include The Case of the Bloody Iris and Secrets of a Call Girl. The screenplay for Poker in Bed was co-written by producer Luciano Martino who is primary known for producing many of his Brother Sergio Martino’s films. The cinematographer on Poker in Bed was Federico Zanni who other notable credits as a cinematographer include Almost Human, Syndicate Sadists, Coeds, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, A Man Called Blade, How to Seduce Your Teacher, Eaten Alive, Desirable Teacher and Don’t Play with Tigers. The score for Poker in Bed was composed by Alessandro Alessandroni (Any Gun Can Play, Lady Frankenstein).
The screenplay for Poker in Bed was co-written by Carlo Giuffrè, who also happens to be the film’s lead character Michele a shoe salesmen who’s two vices, women and gambling get him into trouble time and again. He convincingly pulls off the Latin lover persona with his pitch perfect comic timing as he tries to juggle his the three women who all have insatiable sex drives.
Even though the entire cast excel in their various roles. The performance which I found the most astonishing was Edwige Fenech in the role of Eva a German health food fanatic with a sexual fetish that involves water and the music of Richard Wagner. The scenes where Carlo Giuffrè and Edwige Fenech’s characters interact are easily the funniest and most memorable. From its opening moments right on through to its twist ending Poker in Bed doesn’t miss a beat. The film is filled with oddball characters with eccentric behaviors which help propel the delirious comedy set pieces which make up the bulk of this film.
Poker in Bed is presented in a anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels fare well and details generally look crisp. There are some mild instances of print debris. The interlaced sourced does exhibit some mild instances of ghosting and edge enhancement.
This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital Mono English and Dolby Digital Mono Italian (no English subtitles). The Italian audio mixes is the stronger of the two as it sound clear and there are no problems with background noise. The English audio mix has noticeable background noise that varies in degree throughout and there are also some issues with distortion.
Extras for this release are limited to a image gallery with music from the film playing in the background. Overall Poker in Bed gets a average DVD release that continues an annoying trend not including English subtitles when a foreign language track is included.