Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 5th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1988
Director: Fabrizio Rampelli
Writer: Pierfrancesco Campanella
Cast: George Ardisson, Pierfrancesco Campanella, Angelo Cannavacciolo, Claudia Cavalcanti, Milly D’Abbraccio, Paolo Gozlino, Didi Perego
DVD released: March 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
After a very brief set up, the plot then jumps in head first into a madcap story that has to be seen to believe. And trying to gauge what this film is trying to say or even what is was trying to accomplish is a near impossible feat. Since the schizophrenic narrative often goes off in tangents, most of which are quickly dismissed as the protagonists flights of fancy.
The screenplay for Transgression what written by Pierfrancesco Campanella (Bad Inclination), who also happens to be the star of the film. Performance wise he does a reasonably good walking that fine line between reality and insanity. With his most compelling moments being with his leading lady Milly D’Abbraccio, who gives an equally demented performance. Beyond these two performances the remaining performances are forgettable.
One 7 Movies presents Transgression in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s original aspect ratio. Even though colors generally fare well, there are several instances in which colors look muted. Details often lean more towards soft and black levels are at best average. Also there is some mild print debris that varies in degree throughout. There are no major issues with compression and edge enhancement is more pronounced in some scenes. Judging by varying degree of quality of this transfer, it appears that source of this transfer is VHS based.
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 there is background noise that varies in degree throughout, dialog always comes through clearly. Range wise the audio is rather limited and there are also some mild instances of distortion.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery, a deleted scene and the film’s original ending (4 minutes 47 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles) and two trailers for the film, the first under the title ‘Cattivi Pierrot’ (2 minutes 58 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Italian no English subtitles), the seconds trailer under the film’s current title ‘Transgression’ (2 minutes 49 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Italian no English subtitles). Overall Transgression gets a serviceable audio /video presentation from One 7 Movies.