Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 22nd, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2005
Director: Tinto Brass
Writers: Tinto Brass, Carla Cipriani, Massimiliano Zanin
Cast: Anna Jimskaia, Nela Lucic, Riccardo Marino, Max Parodi
DVD released: August 31st, 2010
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
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.
Cult Epics presents Monamour in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a solid looking HD sourced transfer and one of Cult Epics best looking Tinto Brass transfers to date. Colors look vibrant, flesh tones look healthy and accurate. Details look crisp and black levels look strong throughout. There are no problems with compression or edge enhancement.
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. Quality wise the differences between the two Italian audio mixes is minimal. All three audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. It should be noted that there are a few minor instances of background noise present on the English audio mix. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included with this release. A quick glance between the English audio mix and English subtitles, reveal that the subtitles are virtually identical to the English audio mix.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles), a promo clip for Tinto Brass’s latest film Kick the Cock (1 minute 3 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), a trailer for Radley Metzger’s Score (3 minutes 38 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) 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. Overall Monamour gets a first rate DVD release from Cult Epics.