Written by: Cliff Wood on August 25th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Sweden, 1974
Director: Gustav Wiklund
Writers: Gustav Wiklund
Cast: Kent-Arne Dahlgren, Solveig Andersson, Gunilla Larsson, Christina Lindberg, Jan-Olof Rydqvist, Tor Isedal
DVD released: August 9th, 2011
Approximate running time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
If anything, this film’s only redeeming assets is the inclusion of actress Christina Lindberg (Thriller: a Cruel Picture), who by the time of this film had firmly established herself as one of Sweden’s foremost erotica film stars. And before I get any further into her roles in this production, it should be revealed that her role is rather limited as she is nothing more than a secondary character in this film. And while some may right off this film due to her limited screen time, let’s just say that the few scenes she is in are must see moments for any self respecting Christina Lindberg fan. In fact her first moment is a nude photo shoot in which she caresses soap over her naked body.
In closing, I went into Wide Open expecting a lot more than what I walked away with. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that I had seen Christina Lindberg and Gustav Wiklund’s other collaboration Exposed first. And when compared to that aforementioned film, Wide Open fails in every way. Ultimately Wide Open is a mediocre attempt at erotica that just meanders along to its predicable conclusion.
Wide Open is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Colors at times fluctuate and there are many instances in which they look muted. Black levels are at best average and details generally look crisp. There is print debris that varies in degree throughout and edge enhancement is never an issue.
The only audio option included for this release is a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Though there is background noise that varies in degree throughout, dialog is never obscured by it and always clear enough to follow.
Extras for this release include trailers for Flossie, Anita, Exposed and Justine & Juliette. Other extras include a Christina Lindberg image gallery (with plenty of nude images). The main extra included with this release is a twenty minute interview with Christina Lindberg and director Gustav Wiklund, in Swedish with English subtitles. Some topics covered in this interview include how this film came about, their previous collaboration Exposed and the cast. Also some time is spent discussing what Christina Lindberg has been up to since leaving the film industry, though she was still in high demand at the time. It should also be noted that in regards to the film Wide Open, Gustav Wiklund seems more interested and remembers more about this film, than Christina Lindberg, who’s memories are often vague in regard to this film. And some of her vagueness may be due to the fact that she only worked a few days on this film, it does at times come off as though she does not think to highly of this film. Rounding out the extras is a reversible cover art that include a even more salacious image of Christina Lindberg as alternate cover art. Overall Wide Open gets a good DVD release from Impulse Pictures.