Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 6th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1972
Director: Mariano Laurenti
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Pippo Franco, Karin Schubert, Umberto D’Orsi, Pino Ferrara
DVD released: July 28th, 2009
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
After starring in string of successful giallos Edwige Fenech would make the seamless transition form scream queen to the object of desire in several Italian sex comedies. Ubalda, All Naked and Warm, was directed by Mariano Laurenti who also directed Edwige Fenech in the following films Vices in the Family, The Inconsolable Widow Thanks All Those Who Consoled Her and Naughty Nun. Mariano Laurenti fills every frame of Ubalda, All Naked and Warm with provocative compositions of Edwige Fenech and Karin Schubert in their birthday suits. The films pacing is brisk as dialog and action are non stop.
The acting is where this film really shines. You have Pippo Franco as Olimpio de’ Pannocchieschi showing off his near flawless ability to perform slapstick comedy. He also adds another dimension to his character by giving Olimpio a stuttering problem. Then there is Edwige Fenech who uses her body to do most of the talking and with a weapon like that it is no surprise men crumble in her presence. Her most memorable scene is actually a dream sequence where Olimpio chases her as she runs naked through the woods. Fenech is not the film only sex pot and despite her lesser role actress Karin Schubert is equally stunning.
The score was composed by Bruno Nicolai a composer who often gets overshadowed because of his frequent collaborations with Ennio Morricone. Nicolai’s score for Ubalda, All Naked and Warm contains many memorable motifs and is without a doubt one of his best scores of his career. One of the films main sources for comedy is the chastity belts the wives wear and the films finally takes keeping your wives goods protected to another level. Overall Ubalda, All Naked and Warm is a playful farce that is not only a lot fun it also contains lots of nudity. What more could you want?
Ubalda, All Naked and Warm, is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors look nicely saturated, flesh tones look healthy, details look crisp, black levels remain strong throughout. This transfer was sourced from the original 35mm vault negative and the end result is a solid looking transfer.
This release comes with one audio option an Italian language track presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The audio sounds evenly balanced and clear and it is free of any distracting background noise. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and are error free have been included.
Extras for this release include a theatrical trailer for the film (2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen – In Italian with English subtitles) and a collection of Edwige Fenech sexy comedy trailers which includes the following titles The Sexy School Teacher (2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen – In Italian with English subtitles), The Sexy School Teacher Comes Home (1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen – In Italian with English subtitles) and The Sexy School Teacher at College (1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen – In Italian with English subtitles). Ubalda, All Naked and Warm was previously released on DVD in North America by No Shame in 2006. This new DVD release from Mya Communication carries over the bulk of the content from the No Shame DVD release, except for Edwige’s Groovy Sexadelic reel which is essentially shots of Fenech in the nude either running or standing still and all the action is shown via a groovy psychedelic back drop, eight minute interview with Edwige Fenech titled “I Remember Yesterday” and a collectible booklet that came with liners notes about Ubalda, All Naked and Warm and bios for Edwige Fenech and Karin Schubert. Overall Ubalda, All Naked and Warm, gets a first rate DVD release from Mya Communication.