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Ubalda, All Naked and Warm 
Written by: on November 3rd, 2006

Theatrical Release Dates:
Italy, 1972
Director:
Mariano Laurenti
Cast:
Edwige Fenech, Pippo Franco, Karin Schubert, Umberto D’Orsi, Pino Ferrara 

DVD released: November 14th, 2006
Approximate running time:
90 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating:
NR
Sound:
Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Release:
No Shame
Region Coding:
Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price:
$24.95


Synopsis: Olimpio de’ Pannocchieschi (Pippo Franco) is an inept knight who returns home after completing his service. While he has been away his wife has found several new lovers and now that he is back she no longer desires him which leads to Olimpio looking elsewhere to satisfy his lustful desires. Olimpio has been feuding with his neighbor Mastro Oderisi who has been stealing water from his river. Olimpio with a mediator goes to settles things with Mastro Oderisi and during the discussion his eyes gaze upon the lovely Ubalda who he quickly becomes infatuated with.

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?

The DVD:

No Shame presents Ubalda, All Naked and warm in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This transfer was sourced from the original 35mm vault negative and as usual No Shame does a remarkable job. Colors are lucid and nicely saturated. Details are sharp in the background and foreground and the image remains stable through out. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement in minimal.

This release comes with one audio option an Italian language track presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Overall the audio is in great shape as dialog is clear and music and effects sound balanced and never distorted. The film opens with a disclaimer about the subtitles and how they have been specially adapted for this release. The English subtitles are removable and easy to follow.

Extras for this release include the films original trailer in Italian with English subtitles and a collection of Edwige Fenech sexy comedy trailers which includes the following titles “The Sexy School Teacher”, “The Sexy School Teacher Comes Home” and “The Sexy School Teacher at College”. Other extras include 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. The main extra for this release is an eight minute interview with Edwige Fenech titled “I Remember Yesterday”. Fenech talks about almost working with Fellini on Amacord, the various genres she has worked in through the years and meeting Quentin Tarantino.

This release also comes with a collectible booklet that comes with liners notes about Ubalda, All Naked and Warm and bios for Edwige Fenech and Karin Schubert.

Italian sex comedies for the most part have never been released theatrically or on home video in North America. Ubalda, All Naked and Warm is one of the genres stronger films and no it can finally be seen and appreciated via No Shame excellent DVD release which presents the film uncut and uncensored in all it’s glory.

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