Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 26th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1995
Director: Joe D’Amato
Writer: John Seller
Cast: Erika Savastani, Fabrizia Flanders, Gianni Demartiis, Lindo Damiani, Antonio Ascani
DVD released: November 18th, 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: The plot for Provocation is simple and in many ways nonexistent as it revolves around an Inn and the sexual escapades of the people who live and stay there.
Provocation was directed by Joe D’Amato whose be soft-core film are his Emanuelle films that he made with Laura Gemser. Most films that Joe D’Amato has directed (even the most mundane ones) are beautifully photographed. The cinematography is the only area where Provocations excels. The film’s most memorable moment is a scene where Marilinda is stripping in her room in front of a mirror.
Marlinda is portrayed by Erika Savastani who also collaborated with Tinto Brass on a trio of films, The Voyeur, P.O. Box Tinto Brass and Senso ’45. Provocation has plenty of eye candy in the form of its two leading ladies Erika Savastani and Fabrizia Flanders. Their naked voluptuous figures are often on display in the film.
Two things that drag this film down quickly are its weak plot and tedious pacing. The plot for the film almost feels like a rehash of a Tinto Brass film or at least from a screenplay he would have discarded. Also it is also not surprising that most of the cast often worked with Tinto Brass on other films or this is the only film they appeared in. Ultimately Provocation is an uneven attempt at erotica that never lives up to its potential.
MYA Communication presents Provocation in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Details for the most part far well as they look crisp with only a few instances where the image looks overly soft. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback and the image remains stable throughout with no ghosting or issues with blurring. Overall this transfer is not one that is going to wow you and some of its flaws are most likely due to its source materials.
This release comes with two audio options English and Italian. Both audio mixes are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Out of the two audio mixes the English audio mix fares better of the two with the Italian audio mix featuring more instances of background noise. Even though a Italian audio mix has been include for some reason no English subtitles have been included with this release.
This release has no extra content. This release for Provocation just like MYA Commendations The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn DVD release includes an Italian audio track but no English subtitles. Overall Provocation gets an average DVD release that at least affordably priced.