Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 21st, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2003
Director: Tinto Brass
Writers: Tinto Brass, Carla Cipriani, Massimiliano Zanin
Cast: Sara Cosmi, Massimiliano Caroletti, Silvia Rossi, Federica Tommasi, Max Parodi, Andrea Nobili, Raffaella Ponzo, Angela Ferlaino, Daniele Ferrari, Maruska Albertazzi, Riccardo Marino, Federica Palmer, Roberto Giulianelli
BluRay released: July 9th, 2013
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.98
Private is a collection of six tales in which couples share with their affairs? The first story titled Alibi is about a couple who are celebrating their seven-year wedding anniversary in Morocco. The wife one morning tells her husband about her last visit which in turn makes him aroused by the thought of other men touching and sleeping with his wife. The husband asks the bell boy who he caught watching his wife is he would like to sleep with his wife and of course we all know his answer. The second story titled Double Trouble is about a pair of spouses who are sleeping with each other spouses. The third story titled Two hearts and a Hut is about a German couple with weird sexual fetishes who pay the hotel’s maid generous amounts of money to be their plaything. The maid convinces her boyfriend that she was doing it all for him and that with the money they made they can open up their own bed and breakfast.
The fourth story titled Jolly Bangs takes place on a beach where a wife tells her husbands about her past affairs which only make him hornier. The fifth story titled Evil to Him who thinks Evil is about a couple who are engaged to be married. He wants to have anal sex with his fiancé who wants to wait until they are married. Also, she is afraid of having his extremely large penis in her ass. They are invited to a party with another couple who are swingers and one thing leads to another the fiancé lets the other man do her in the ass. The sixth story titled Call Me a Pig I like It is about a couple who is being watched while having sex by a next-door neighbor.
Private is an uneven film that suffers mostly due to the various segments being either too short or not that well fleshed out. Tinto Brass’ direction is nearly flawless as it is mind blowing just how many ways he can frame the female enmity especially the ass. Private has a lot of scenes in which ladies give their male lovers oral sex. All but one of these scenes oddly enough involves the use of prosthetic penises. The characters in the film all come off stuck up which at times classes with the films dark humor.
The first and last stories both end with amusing climaxes. The weakest story is Two hearts and a Hut which is nothing more than several random sequences related to bondage. The films off beat score ads to the films eclectic mix of stories. Overall Private doesn’t quite work despite following the Tinto Brass formula, still it is not without its own merits as brief moments of Tinto Brass’ brilliance is scattered throughout the film.
Private comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 Progressive anamorphic widescreen. Flesh tones look healthy, colors look accurate, black and contrast levels look consistently good throughout. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression. Cult Epics continues to release Tinto Brass films on BluRay that they had previously released on DVD. And once they have step things up with a transfer that is head and shoulders above its predecessor. It should also be noted that this time around Cult epics uses a source that features the title card Do It! and not the title card from their previous release which featured the title card Fallo!
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Italian and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. The more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented and the film’s score sounds appropriately full. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 4 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a photo gallery with music from the film playing in the background and a ‘Making of’ featurette (17 minutes 29 seconds – 4:3 full frame, in Italian with English subtitles). The ‘Making of’ contains behind the scenes footage and comments from Tinto Brass and some of the cast members of Private. Overall Private is another strong BluRay release from Cult Epics.