Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 18th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: Spain / Italy, 1971
Director: Juan Logar
Writers: Francesco Campitelli, Francesco Campitelli, Jesús L. Folgar, Juan Logar
Cast: Juan Luis Galiardo, Curd Jürgens, Rosalba Neri, Emma Cohen, Manolo Otero, Eduardo Calvo
BluRay Release Date: May 15th, 2017
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: FSK 12 (Germany)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono Italian, DTS-HD Mono German
Subtitles: English, German (only available for the Italian language track)
BluRay Release: X-Rated Kult Video / VZ-Handelsgesellschaft mbH
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: 24,99 EUR
Two Males for Alexa was an Spanish / Italian co-production. And though this film fits firmly within the thriller genre. The end result, is a film that bears no resemblance to the Italian thriller genre.
The premise is well executed, the narrative is superbly realized and key moments are given an ample amount of time to resonate. Another strength of the narrative is how it uses flashbacks to flesh out the characters. And without giving away to much about the plot, outside of these aforementioned flashbacks, the majority of the film takes place in one room.
Performance wise, the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s greatest asset being Rosalba Neri (Top Sensation, Amuck!) in the role of Alexa, a woman who has married into wealth to give herself a better life and not for love. Another performance of note is Curd Jürgens (The Devil’s General, …And God Created Woman) in the role of Alexa’s husband Ronald Marvelling. Other notable cast members include, Juan Luis Galiardo (Inquisición) in the role of Alexa’s lover and Emma Cohen (The Cannibal Man, Other Side of the Mirror) in the role of Alexa’s classmate and Ronald’s daughter.
Visually the film does a superb job reinforcing the main characters state of mind as their fate sets in. Standout moments include, the scene where Alexa’s husband reveals to Alexa and her lover their fate. And the film’s finale is a very satisfying coda to the events the events that have just unfolded.
Two Males for Alexa comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors are nicely saturated, flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and black levels remain strong throughout. It should be noted that the source for the Spanish theatrical version is on par with the source used for the Italian theatrical version.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in Italian with English and German subtitles and a DTS-HD mono mix in German (no subtitle options). Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, alternate opening / closing credits (2 minutes 56 seconds), text less opening credits (1 minute 30 seconds), B-roll footage (6 minutes 9 seconds), an option to listen to music from the film (6 minutes 12 seconds) and an audio commentary with Bodo Traber, Gerd Naumann and Matthias Künnecke (in German no subtitle options).
Other extras include, the Spanish theatrical version of the film (86 minutes 36 seconds, in Italian with English and German subtitle options and in German with no subtitle options.
Rounding out the extras reversible cover art, a slip cover and sixteen-page booklet with an essay titled Im Rausch Der Sinne Due Maschi Per Alexa written by Christopher Klaese (all text in the booklet is in German). Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Two Males for Alexa gets a solid audio / video presentation from X-Rated Kult Video.
Spanish theatrical release version