Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 20th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: West Germany / Italy, 1969
Director: Hans Schott-Schöbinger
Writers: Valeria Bonamano, Arnulf Mann
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Gerhard Riedmann, Franco Ressel, Peter Carsten, Gianni Dei, Rossana Rovere, Franco Borelli, Patrizia Adiutori, Maria Pia Conte, Edda Ferronao, Luigi Bonos, Jimmy Piazza, Poldi Waraschitz, Manja Golec
DVD released: March 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Throughout its history. Cinema has tried to tackled many famous novels. With some trying to stay faithful to the source material. While others trying to spice things up. And while there are even those films that try to find a balance between these two. They often fail to capture the essence of the source material .
The Sins of Madame Bovary is a German / Italian co-production that was adapted from French author Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary. The plot mainly focuses on the adulterous affairs Emma Bovary a bored housewife. Who’s doctor husband is more interested in his job. Then her. So she seeks out other suitors to fill the void left by her husband.
Even though the film does a good job setting the tone. And establishing, who the Madame Bovary character is. It also guts a lot the original source material. And what is left is a condensed version that most fans of the source novel. Will find a letdown. With that being said. The film does work as a purely exploitative film. In the way It focuses on the more sleazy aspects of the story. And the way in which it fetishizes its leading lady Edwige Fenech.
From a production stand point the production design and visuals are first rate. The one area in which this film is weakest production wise. Is its pacing which is inconsistent. Performance wise many of the cast come off as to mechanical. With the only performance that leaves any lasting impression being Edwige Fenech. Doing what she does best. Being the object of desire. Ultimately The Sins of Madame Bovary is a rather pedestrian take on one of literatures most celebrated novel’s.
One 7 Movies presents The Sins of Madame Bovary in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s original ‘scope’ aspect ratio. This is a clean looking transfers that looks reasonably sharp throughout. Colors fare well and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels are average at best. With some of the darker scenes lacking the amount of detail present for the majority of this transfer. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been include. It should be noted that subtitles have a few grammatical errors. Even though the audio sounds flat. Dialog comes through clear enough and there are no major issues with background noise or distortion.
Extras for this release are limited to a image gallery with stills, posters and VHS box art. Overall The Sins of Madame Bovary get a good audio / video presentation from One 7 Movies.