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Private (Director’s Cut) 
Written by: on October 4th, 2010

Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 2003
Tinto Brass
Tinto Brass, Carla Cipriani, Massimiliano Zanin
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

DVD released: September 14th, 2010
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95

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.

The DVD:

Cult Epics presents Private in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look vivid and nicely saturated throughout. Blacks levels remain strong throughout with excellent amount detail present in the background and foreground. There is no noticeable print damage and the source material used for this transfer is in great shape.

This release comes with one audio option the film’s original Italian language soundtrack which is presented here is a Dolby Digital stereo. The soundtrack is free of distortion or any other audio defects. Dialog blends perfectly with the rest of the mix. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.

Extras for this release include trailers for Cheeky, Private, Frivolous Lola, All Ladies Do It, Miranda and The Key. All of these titles are currently available on DVD from Cult Epics. Other extras include two photo galleries one with your standard stills and the other with X Rated stills. Rounding out the extras is an eighteen minute making of featurette for Private that includes behind the scenes footage and comments from Tinto Brass and some of the cast members of Private.

Cult Epic’s presents Tinto Brass’ Private Uncut and Uncensored for the first time ever in North America. Cult Epics have put together a first rate release that not only comes with a handful of extras is also comes with a solid audio/video presentation. Overall Private is a good film that has all the elements that we have come to expect while watching a Tinto Brass film. Tinto Brass fans will want to add this film to their collection while the uninitiated into the world of Tinto Brass may want to check Salon Kitty or Cheeky first.

Note: This is a re-release of the DVD that Cult Epics originally released in 2006.

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