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Sweet Pussycats, The 
Written by: on May 13th, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, 1969
Director: Jozef Zachar
Writers: Günther Heller, Kurt Nachmann
Cast: Sieghardt Rupp, Ernst Stankovski, Edwige Fenech, Angelica Ott, Barbara Capell, Helen Vita, Ernst Waldbrunn, Ralf Wolter

DVD released: May 19th, 2009
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian, Dolby Digital Mono German
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: A count and a colonel living on opposite ends of a castle are constantly fighting over who is rightful owner of the castle. In order to settle their feud once and for all the men agree to a bet. The terms of the bet are as follows, the first man who gets their virgin maid to sleep with him will assume full ownership of the castle.

The screenplay for The Sweet Pussycats was co-written by Günther Heller whose other notable credits as a screenwriter includes all thirteen Schoolgirl Report films. The score for The Sweet Pussycats was composed by Gerhard Heinz whose other notable scores include Vanessa, Linda: Naked Super Witches of the Rio Amore and Bloody Moon.

The plot for The Sweet Pussycats focuses on the sexual desires of all of its characters. Also the bulk of the film’s humor is also built up around the various sex encounters and near hook ups. The premise of the film and the events which all unfold leading up to a surprise revelation ending are so outlandish that it is best to just sit back and enjoy the ride and not think too much.

For many the main reason to seek out this film is because of Edwige Fenech’s participation in this production. Performance wise Edwige Fenech does not disappoint as her character is not too fond of wearing clothing. Her character gets a spectacular entrance in which she is riding in carriage on her way to meet her fiancée at the castle. Along the way she sees a man who she fancy’s and when her coach driver refuses to stop so she can have her romp in the hay. She then starts to disrobe in the carriage and leaves her articles of clothing as a trail for so the man she saw earlier can find her.

Other notable cast members include Barbara Capell (Werewolf Shadow) and Sieghardt Rupp (A Fistful of Dollars). Angelica Ott and Barbara Capell are perfectly cast as the two virgin maids. On the surface their characters appear naive while they are a lot more resourceful then they let on. Ultimately The Sweet Pussycats is mildly entertaining romp that never strays to faraway from its strongest assets its leading ladies.

The DVD:

The Sweet Pussycats is presented in a letterboxed widescreen that frames the image in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors look good and black levels and flesh tones fare well throughout. There is some mild print damage that varies in degree and there are a few scenes where the image looks soft.

This release comes with two audio options German and Italian. Both audio options are presented in a Dolby Digital mono and removable English subtitles have been provided. There are a few grammatical errors in the subtitles. Outside of some mild instances of background noise there is not much difference between the two audio tracks. The German and Italian versions of this film each contain scenes which are exclusive to each version. For this release Mya has assembled the most complete cut of the film by taking all the scenes which were exclusive to each version. Because some of these scenes where only shot in German and others only shot in Italian. The audio for German contains some scenes in Italian and the audio for the Italian mix contains some scenes in German.

Extras for this release include a gallery with twenty images which include stills, lobby cards and posters. Overall The Sweet Pussycats makes its U.S. DVD debut via a well rounded DVD release from Mya Communication which presents the film in its longest version to date.

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