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directed by Antonio Bonifacio
Italy 1993

 

Kreola (Demetra Hampton, VALENTINA) arrives in Santa Domingo to join her photographer husband Andy (Theo Losito). Although Andy is initially jealous of Marco (Marco Carbonaro), who is in town looking for his missing girlfriend who did not return from Santa Domingo with her coworkers after a girls getaway. When Kreola and Andy site the missing girl Iris (Christina Rinaldi) in the company of their gruff, dominating sea captain Leon (John Armstead), Andy suggests Kreola distract him so that Marco has a chance of getting Iris back. Kreola scoffs at this but eventually does fall under Leon's spell. Andy's writer friend Jo Ann (Cinzea Monreale, THE BEYOND) blames the island atmosphere for the tendency for puritanical Westerners to reject their inhibitions. When Andy and Marco cannot free their women from Leon's influence, things get drastic. A rather limp "erotic thriller" KREOLA spends more time seeing the sights thanks to Kreola wandering around in barely anything and Andy taking photographs. When Kreola isn't posing nude in the shower, or in stilted love scenes with Andy, she's getting groped by graying Leon. Meanwhile Marco agonizes over his missing girlfriend while Iris waits out Leon's affair with Kreola. Andy spends a lot of time being miserable and getting drunk with a philosophizing Jo Ann before things amble to a limp climax. British model Hampton sulks and sneers her way through most of the proceedings and is no more up the moments of high drama than the rest of the cast. Angelo Lannutti's cinematography is always colorful and well-composed but the overall script and aesthetics fail to make the squalor seem seductive. The English dubbing seems so divorced from the performances (although they seem to have been acted in English) but the dubbing cast is pleasantly familiar to Italian film fans. Seventies genre composer Gianni Ferrio is credited with the score on the disc cover but not on the film itself suggesting that cues from his previous works were utilized (in between the local rhythms) from the EMI Italy library.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 21 May 1993 (Italy)

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MYA

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:06
Video

1.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MYA

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.30:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: 30 March 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

MYA's DVD features a single-layer, progressive, fullscreen presentation that seems free of the stuttering movements seen in some of their other releases. KREOLA is one of the few MYA releases of which there does not exist a non-English import that provided the likely source. The fullscreen framing does not seem cropped and was likely meant for 1.66:1 matting at the most but home video seems to have been the primary market (so glutted as it was with several varieties of "erotic thriller" following BASIC INSTINCT). The egregious edge-enhancement detracts from the image.

 

The English track is plagued with a high-pitched whistling during the second half of the film (intermittently in the first half). The Italian track sounds cleaner but there are no subtitles. The cover lists the tracks as stereo but they do not seem that lively and there is no Dolby Stereo logo in the credits (which there would have been for this nineties film).

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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