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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell [Blu-ray]
(Melvin Frank, 1968)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Connaught Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,904,787,269 bytes
Feature Size: 21,235,783,680 bytess
Video Bitrate: 22.11 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 14th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1624 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1624 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Trailer (2:57)
Description: Gina Lollobrigida delivers a bright comic turn in Melvin Frank's farce concerning Carla, an Italian woman who, during World War II, had affairs with three American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army Air Force -- Phil Newman (Phil Silvers), Justin Young (Peter Lawford), and Walter Braddock (Telly Savalas). Finding that she is pregnant after the squadron is transferred, she convinces each of the three soldiers that he is the father of her child. Phil, Justin, and Walter react to Carla's pregnancy by sending her child-support checks -- checks that Carla has been receiving every month from each of them for the past 20 years. Meanwhile, in order to save face in her village, Carla concocted the story that the father was the fictitious Captain Eddie Campbell, who was killed in action. But Carla's deceptions are about to be exposed when she finds out that all three soldiers are returning to her village with their wives and children for a reunion of the squadron.
A fun example of Hollywood's attempt to cater to an
older, mature audience, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
(1968) successfully merged elements of the emerging
sixties counterculture (i.e.,
The Graduate, 1967) with a traditional sex farce
in an effort to lure that still formidable 30-something
audience into theaters. The plot device of a beautiful
Italian widow collectively duping an American trio of
ex-G.I.s/former lovers into each thinking that he
fathered her illegitimate daughter was an expert blend
of the risque and the old-fashioned.
A luscious Italian villager, uncertain as to which of three American
soldiers fathered her grown daughter, has accepted monthly support
checks from each man. for 20 years. Then presto, there's an Air Corps
squadron reunion overseas and the three ex-G.I.'s reappear with wives
and children in tow.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Kino-Lorber bring another fine film from decades gone by to Blu-ray with the delightful Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell. The image is a bit inconsistent - wavering between acceptable and pleasing. This is single-layered with a lowish high bitrate but I expect this is as good as the film has ever looked on digital. Colors are generally stable and occasionally show some richness and depth (Telly's jackets). There isn't an abundance of depth but the image is fairly clean with only minor speckles. It's faithful in the 1.85 aspect ratio and provides a decent, but not stellar presentation. For a comedy I really had no complaints about the visuals. There is no noise or artifacts and its looks solid in-motion.
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The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1624 kbps does a competent job of exporting the film's sound requirements which show some diversity but not much in the way of depth and aggression. The score by Riz Ortolani (Il Sorpasso, Woman Times Seven, Cannibal Holocaust, The Voyeur, Mondo Cane) including Jimmy Roselli's Buona Sera with lyrics by Melvin Frank - support the film sounding bouncy and fun. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
None but a trailer.
March 23rd, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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