Written by: Pieter Boven on October 1st, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Switzerland, 1975
Director: Erwin C. Dietrich
Writer: Erwin C. Dietrich
Cast: Martina Domingo, Eric Falk, Roman Huber, Uschi Karnat, Ursula Maria Schaefer, Rita Waldenberg
DVD released: August 29, 2005
Running time: 71m16s
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 anamorphic widescreen
Sound: German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
DVD Label: ABCDVD
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Switzerland)
Retail Price: 10-20 EUR
The Film :
Rita (Rita Waldenberg), Elsa (Uschi Karnat) and Ursula (Ursula Maria Schaefer) share a room in an all girls boarding school located in a beautiful villa. Their favorite and seemingly only class is sexual education taught by Fraulein Steif (Martina Domingo). They gladly accept homework and even do some research of their own, as the local baker (Roman Huber), photographer (Eric Falk), greengrocer and several inanimate objects (Mr. Cucumber & Electric Tootbrush) soon find out. And when they aren’t around, the girls still have each other.
The movie is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks great with vivid colours, rich detail and excellent contrast. Some vertical lines are present in a few scenes but the rest of transfer is virtually blemish free. Strangely enough, some of the opening credits are interlaced but the rest of the movie seems to be progressive. A higher bitrate wouldn’t have hurt some scenes either.
The only option available is a German dolby digital 2.0 mono track. The sparse and simple dialogue is clear and easy to understand. Some background hiss is almost always present but nothing too annoying. There are no subtitles.
No real extras unfortunately. Inside the case, there’s a one page leaflet with covers and details of 8 upcoming or recently released DVDs in the Erotic Classics series. We get a simple animated main menu to start the movie but no scene selection, although the movie is divided in 12 chapters. The cover art is not bad but its relation to the movie escapes me since the two girls don’t even appear. A small warning, the DVD is region 2 and the cover incorrectly states region 0.
Mainly appreciated for producing several Jess Franco and Antonio Margheriti films, Erwin C. Dietrich is not a very talented director. But often his movies do have some entertainment value and he’s smart enough to keep the runtime short. Hence, the absence of an actual plot doesn’t make it too boring, unless of course you don’t like to see naked women. There are some explicit masturbation scenes in this film and Dietrich also doesn’t shy away from male nudity (in close-up), but don’t expect any hardcore sex. The film features some nice outdoor locations, such as the villa you may recognize from Rolls Royce Baby, but the indoor shots are obviously done on small studio sets which is a pity. Being a fan of Eric Falk, an absolutely hilarious ‘actor’ appearing in many of Dietrich’s films, I found his undeniable talent underused here as the photographer. I’m sure he would have been great in the role of the baker. As usual, there are some padding shots of flowers and insects but they are luckily kept to a minimum here. All in all an enjoyable movie with some funny moments but if you’re not a fan already, this will not convert you.
The DVD is good on a technical level but disappoints in the extras department. At least the previous batch of Erotic Classics DVDs contained several theatrical trailers for the other films in the series. The absence of English audio or subtitles is regrettable but no knowledge of German is really required to understand what’s going on. Sex is a universal language.