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Monamour – Cult Epics (BluRay) 
Written by: on July 16th, 2011

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2005
Director: Tinto Brass
Writers: Tinto Brass, Carla Cipriani, Massimiliano Zanin
Cast: Anna Jimskaia, Nela Lucic, Riccardo Marino, Max Parodi

BluRay released: July 26th, 2011
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English
BluRay Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98

Synopsis: Unable to find sexual fulfillment with her husband, a woman begins a torrid affair with a stranger who she met at a museum.

Over the last four decades Tinto Brass has steadily cranked out some of the best erotica themed films. With his masterpiece of erotica cinema being The Key. Content wise, he rarely ventures away from his bread butter, beautiful women, their ass’s and voyeuristic approach to his visuals.

Plot wise, this is not one of Tinto Brass’s stronger efforts. As the story retreads, subject matter that he has explored in his previous films. The vapid plot is not helped by the one-dimensional characters which populate this story. Just about the only thing surprising about this film, is its ending.

At least visually this film’s tries to keep things interesting. With the stand out moments visually being a scene where the film’s main character Marta, the woman having an affair and her friend at a health spa. Another stand out moment being a scene where Marta dances seductively for and making love to her lover in front of a crowd of onlookers. The most interesting moment visually, is a bizarre dream sequence that has an over exposed look to it.

The sex scenes, which feature a slew of rubber penis’s. Tend to be raunchier than what one would expect from a Tinto Brass. Performance wise none of the cast leave a lasting impression and they are at best adequate. Ultimately outside of a few memorable moments, Monamour is an underwhelming experience that feels all too familiar.

The BluRay:

Monamour comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 Progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors look nicely saturated, flesh tones look accurate, black and contrast levels look consistently good throughout. There are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.

This release comes with three audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Italian, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Italian and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. The two Italian audio mixes fare slightly better than the English audio mix which has some very mild instances of background noise. Dialog comes through clearly on all three audio mixes and everything sounds balanced. Though the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented, range wise all three audio mixes are rather limited. Also included with this release are English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles) and a behind the scenes segment titled ‘The Making of Monamour’ (15 minutes 55 seconds – 4:3 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles), which includes comments about the film from the cast and Tinto Brass.

Also included with this release on a second disc (a single layer BR – 7.43 GB) is a short film also directed by Tinto Brass titled ‘Kick the Cock’ (16 minutes 5 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles). The plot is essentially Tinto Brass playing a character who leers at his maid as she cooks, cleans and masturbates with produce.

This disc comes with a few extras and they are as follows, a teaser for Kick the Cock (1 minute 3 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a brief segment about this short film’s premier at the Venice Films Festival (2 minutes 47 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles), a segment titled ‘Comic Strip by Franco Saudelli’ (3 minutes 1 second – anamorphic widescreen) and another brief segment titled ‘Spanish Dance with Angelita Franco’ (2 minutes 33 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) she is the lead actress in Kick the Cock and in this segment she does a Spanish dance / strip tease. Rounding out the extras on disc two is a ‘Making of’ featurette for Kick the Cock (12 minutes 58 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). The ‘Making of’ and Venice Film Festival segment do a good job explaining what Tinto Brass was trying to achieve with Kick the Cock.

All the content on both disc is presented in a 1080 Progressive anamorphic widescreen. Also this release comes with a slip cover that has Monamour image on the front and Kick the Cock image on the back. Overall this is another strong Hi Def release from Cult Epics.

Note: This two disc release is also being released on DVD.

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