Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 29th, 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: March 10th, 2008
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 & Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: No Shame Italy
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (Italy)
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 films original aspect ratio. The image looks clear and colorful throughout. Outsides of a few instances where the image look just a tad soft the over quality of this transfer is very good.
This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and a Dolby Digital mono mix. Both audio mixes are presented in the films native language Italian. This release only comes with Italian subtitles. The audio sounds reasonably clear and clean. I did notice a few instances where the audio sounded distorted. The mono mix sounds more balanced and not as spread out as the 5.1 mix.
The only extra included with this release is the film’s original trailer in Italian. It is a shame that No Shame Italy doesn’t lavish their Italian DVD releases with the same wealth of extras like they did on most of their U.S. releases. It is also disappointing that these Italian releases while most certainly being released for a niche market are not given any English language or subtitle options. It appears that the U.S. arm of No Shame is no more since they haven’t released a new DVD in nearly two years with two their two Edwige Fenech Italian sex comedies being some of their final titles. Outside of few Italian comedies that have been released in the U.S. this genre has been neglected more than any other popular Italian film genre. Overall The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn is given an adequate release that is highlighted by its strong audio/video presentation.