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Voyeur, The (Special Edition) 
Written by: on August 19th, 2010


Theatrical Release Date:
Italy, 1993
Director: Tinto Brass
Writer: Tinto Brass
Cast: Katarina Vasilissa, Francesco Casale, Cristina Garavaglia, Raffaella Offidani, Antonio Salines

DVD released:
April 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95


Synopsis: A married couple’s relationship is put in jeopardy when a third party enters the picture as a potential lover.

Tinto Brass is one of last purveyors of Soft-core erotica while most contemporaries’ have abandoned soft-core cinema for the more graphic hard-core films. His films often push the envelope without ever going the vulgar less imaginative route that infests hard-core sex films. Tinto Brass visual eye for capturing beautiful women and a prominent area of their body (the ass) is second to known.

The Voyeur sees Tinto Brass treading familiar ground once again and even though many these explored within the film may feel like déjà vu the end result is something that stands out on its own merits. The core of the film revolves around a jealous husband who also has a strong voyeur fetish. The viewer like the husband instantly become voyeurs from the get go as the camera leers and points our eyes to many visually tantalizing images.

Acting wise no one really stands out. All the women featured very attractive and curvy. I found the film’s ending predictable. The film moves along briskly with rarely a dull moment. Two things that stood out for me in The Voyeur were the Flashback scenes and a scene where the son watches the nurse and his father fooling around through a stained glass window. Riz Ortolani supplies yet another memorable score that is seductive and playful. Ultimately The Voyeur may not be one of Tinto Brass’s best films and yet the end result of highly entertaining sex romp.

The DVD:

Cult Epics presents The Voyeur in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. When compared to their previous DVD releases of The Voyeur (that was released in 2008). This transfer looks like a direct port of that transfer. Also both transfers clock in at the same exact running length. The image looks detailed, colors look vibrant and flesh tones look healthy. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.

This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Italian and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Quality wise the differences between the two audio mixes is minimal. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included. A quick glance between the English audio mix and English subtitles reveal that there are enough differences that this appears to be an accurate translation and not ‘dub’ titles.

Extras for this release include a photo gallery (35 stills), a interview with Tinto Brass (23 minutes 51 seconds – 4:3 full frame, in English) and a Tinto Brass trailer gallery which includes The Voyeur, Private, Cheeky!, Frivolous Lola, All Ladies Do It, Miranda and The Key. All of these extra appeared on Cult Epics previous DVD release of The Voyeur. Topics discussed in the interview include the novel which the film is based on, the look of the film, the score, the director’s cut of the film and other production related topics.  The only new extra included with this release is a brief sneak preview of Tinto Brass’s latest film’s Kick the Cock (which is also discussed in the interview included with this release). Overall this latest incarnation of The Voyeur is a well rounded DVD release that ports over everything that was included on the previous DVD releases of The Voyeur.

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