Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 30th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, March 1st, 1978
Director: Mariano Laurenti
Writers: Annie Albert, Mariano Laurenti, Franco Mercuri, Francesco Milizia
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Renzo Montagnani, Alvaro Vitali, Leo Colonna
DVD released: October, 2005
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Alfa Digital (Grey Market Release)
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Riccardo Bolzoni is a rich industrialist who moves his family into hiding out of fear of being kidnapped and held hostage for ransom. A new teacher Monica Sebastiani (Edwige Fenech) has just started working at the Catholic school that his son Carlo attends. Monica is a head turner and it doesn’t take long before she has Carlo and his father competing for her affection.
The School Teacher in College is not a direct sequel to The School Teacher as Edwige Fenech this time around plays a different character. Monica Sebastiani is a strong willed woman who is not easily deceived or taken advantage of. Fenech play Monica with class and dignity. Once again it is not Fenech’s acting that carries this film it is her voluptuous figure. One scene early on proves why she is one of sexiest women to ever grace the silver screen. During class one day Carlo is daydreaming that Monica is performing a striptease in front of the class. Fenech vamps it up as she seductively disrobes. Also this time around Fenech is plays a more prominent role and has plenty of screen time.
The School Teacher in College is expertly directed by Mariano Laurenti who is no stranger to these sex comedies that were at there peak in Italy in the late 1970’s. He has also previous worked with Edwige Fenech on The Inconsolable Widow Thanks All Those Who Consoled Her, Ubalda, All Naked and Warm and Naughty Nun. The films score was composed by Gianni Ferrio who also composed the score for Death Walks at Midnight. Gianni Ferrio’s score for The School Teacher in Collegeis at times strangely reminiscent to some of Nico Fidenco’s score’s like Emanuelle in America and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals. The acting is this film is adequate at best and the same actor who played the gym teacher in The School Teacher returns for this film playing a character this is the mirror image of the previous one he played. Overall The School Teacher in College is a more enjoyable and more fun then its predecessor The School Teacher.
Alpha Digital presents The School Teacher in College in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Flesh tones look natural and colors are in good shape. Black levels remain stable and details look sharper in foreground then they do on background. There is some mild edge enhancement and a few times the image looks a bit too soft. There is also some minor print damage, still nothing that ever becomes to distracting. This DVD is interlaced and I also suspect that it might be a PAL to NTSC conversion because the DVD box claims the films running time is 94 minutes when it is actually 86 minutes. Overall this transfer is about on par with Alpha Digital’s The School Teacher transfer.
The release comes with only one audio option the films original English dubbed audio mix which is presented for this release in a Dolby Digital mono. The dialog and soundtrack as a whole is clean, still the dialog at times sounds to thing and the music and effects sound distorted. There is some minor instances of hiss that never become distracting. The box art for this DVD states how there are some scenes that are in Italian only and were never recorded in English that were used to make this uncut version of the film. Unfortunately these scenes have not been sub and consist of about ten minutes worth of scenes.
Extras for this release consist of a trailer for the film in Italian and its original aspect ratio. Unfortunately it is only in Italian and comes with no English subtitles. Other extras include an extensive bio for Edwige Fenech that comes with a selected filmography. The Fenech bio is the most extensive piece that I read to date about her and it is well written and insightful. Rounding out the is a Edwige Fenech photo gallery that contains various lobby cards, posters and of course nude photo’s of the lovely Mrs. Fenech. This extra plays like a featurette as music from the film plays in the background and it is about three minutes in length. If the extras sound the same it is because outside of the trailer for The School Teacher in College the rest of the extras exactly the same ones included on Alpha Digital’s The School Teacher DVD.
Overall this is another must have titles for Edwige Fenech fans that will have to fill the void tell a more definitive DVD comes along.