Directed by Mario Monicelli
Italy 1965


One of Carlo Ponti's numerous internationalist assaults on the American box-office, exploiting Mastroianni's currency as the Latin lover with a light comedy that has him fetishising dangerous romance to the extent that he can only perform under pressure. Six writers provide what seems like a joke apiece, and Marco Blow-Out Ferreri lends his considerable presence as actor when he might have been more profitably employed as director.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE


Theatrical Release: July 25th, 1965

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DVD Review: Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:50:36 (4% speedup)
Video 1.72:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Italian (Dolby Digital mono) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.72:1

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DVD Release Date: February 18th, 200
White Keep Case
Chapters: 12




Another bare-bones, single-layered, effort from Optimum. This is progressive and anamorphic - coded for region 2 in the PAL standard. The source appears to be Studio Canal and the image quality is not objectionable. The aspect ratio appears as though it might be 1.66 but skirts between that and the 16X9 - finishing of at about 1.72. Colors aren't bad - grain/noise is fairly even and it is clean enough to view with comfort. Audio is acceptable, if unremarkable, and there are optional English subtitles.  

No supplements and those familiar with this sub-genre should be well aware for what to expect. Some fairly dignified nudity and some sexy Italiano-humor that Mastroianni helps pull off as best he can. I can't help but think that Sophie Loren would have been a welcome addition (Virna Lisi is a healthy replacement) but this has some charming fun - enough to make it worthwhile watching... just don't expect anything as brilliant as Divorce Italian Style. 

Gary W. Tooze



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