Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 25th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1977
Director: Luciano Martino
Writers: Luciano Martino, Francesco Milizia, Cesare Frugoni
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Alberto Lionello, Aldo Maccione, Olga Bisera, Alvaro Vitali, Erna Schürer, Michele Gammino, Mario Carotenuto, Giacomo Rizzo, Fiammetta Baralla, Gianfranco Barra, Lars Bloch, Sabina De Guida, Ria De Simone, Adriana Facchetti
DVD released: November 18th, 2008
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Gioia a neglected housewife who is feed up with her husband’s numerous affairs decides that the best way to back at her cheating husband is to make him think that there is another man.
The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn, was directed by Luciano Martino who is primary known for producing many of his Brother Sergio Martino’s films. Visually Luciano Martino does a fantastic job exposing every inch of Edwige Fenech’s voluptuous body for maximum effect. The plot for The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn is virtually nonexistent with the film feeling more like a series of hook ups and moments to showcase Edwige Fenech’s finer points. The plot starts off strong with the first thirty minutes laying all the groundwork as characters and their motivations are set in motion. The final hour of the after Gioia goes away too find herself a man who will pay her the attention she desperately desires feels disjointed. Despite these flaws in the plot the film pacing is near pitch perfect with Luciano Martino keeping things interesting at least visually at all times.
Edwige Fenech is cast in the lead role of Gioia the wife whose husband can’t keep his pants on. Edwige Fenech’s most memorable moment in the films is a scene were her character who has just found out that her husband has cheated on her. So she exposes her breasts to all the guests at a party they are attending. When this doesn’t make him jealous enough she grabs one of the male guests takes him into a room and acts like there are having sex while her husband listens outside the door. Unknown to her husband she is not really having sex they are just jumping on a bed simulating that they are having sex. The comedy in this film borders on slap stick and like most Italian comedies from this era the jokes are built around sex. One thing that makes the situations in this film all the more ironic and humorous the cheating husband is married to the most beautiful woman in the film and yet he finds her the least attractive.
Cast in the role of Gioia’s husband Gianni is an actor named Alberto Lionello (Sex with a Smile). His performance offers the most laughs with moments like a scene where he is jogging eating an ice cream cone and slips on dog shit. Besides the many lovely ladies who are on parade throughout this film there is some beef cake on display courtesy of Ray Lovelock who spends most of his screen time in a Speedo. The cast all do a wonderful job with their various roles. It is only fitting that Franco Pisano’s score is just as bizarre as the comedy unfolding in the film especially the main title theme. Ultimately The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn is nothing more than a show piece for its star Edwige Fenech who is captivating in every scene she is in.
The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors are nicely saturated colors, details look sharp throughout and best of all this transfer is progressive flagged playback.. No Shame Italy released The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn earlier this year on DVD and this transfer looks like it was sourced from the same source. Also this transfer doesn’t appear to a PAL to NTSC conversion as the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with two audio options English and Italian. Both audio options are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and evenly balanced. Unfortunately no English subtitles have been included.
The only extra included with this release is a theatrical trailer for the film that comes with two audio options Italian and English. Once again no English subtitles have been included with the Italian language track. Overall The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn get an adequate release from that comes up short on extra content and lack of subtitles on non English friendly content. On the plus side this release does come with an English dubbed audio track and a transfer that is in great shape.