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Amuck aka "Alla ricerca del piacere" [Blu-ray]
(Silvio Amadio, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: West Films
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 43,413,924,018 bytes
Feature Size: 31,390,218,240 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: February 27th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), English, none
•An Icon Amuck - Barbara Bouchet (20:47)
• Barbara Bouchet Q&A - From the Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester (23:08)
• Death in Venice - An Interview with Rosalba Neri (15:54 - English subtitled)
• 4-page liner notes essay by Dr. Calum Waddell
Description: Her role as Miss Moneypenny in the lamentable James Bond spoof CASINO ROYALE may have set hearts a flutter, but it was for her part in classic Italian shockers like BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA and DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING that cemented Barbara Bouchet's status as one of the most libidinous icons of Euro-cult cinema. Happily, Silvio Amadio s saucy thriller AMUCK! fits snugly into this Giallo-centric category too, and here Bouchet stars as Greta; a nubile young secretary under the recent employment of the cravat-wearing Richard (Farley Granger ROPE). Partial to the occasional bout of swinging along with his wanton wife Eleanora (Rosalba Neri SLAUGHTER HOTEL), Richard also seems to harbour a dark secret: the mysterious whereabouts of his missing former assistant, Sally, whom Greta knows very intimately indeed... With its blend of leeringly-lensed slow motion sex scenes and slick spectacle, AMUCK! is an erotically charged masterclass in murder and deception, brought lovingly to life in high definition thanks to those lovable deviants at 88 Films!
Winsome young Greta (Bouchet) takes a job as a secretary to
novelist Richard Stuart (Granger), who lives on a secluded island off
the Italian coast near Venice.
The lovely Barbara Bouchet plays Greta, a secretary hired by the wealthy
author Richard Stuart (Farley Granger). He lives with his wife Eleanora
(Rosalba Neri) on an island with just a few locals living on the other
side. A perfect place for an author who needs peace and quiet to write
his masterpieces. But Greta is not only there because she needs a job,
her best friend Sally (Patrizia Viotti) worked for Richard earlier, but
has now disappeared without a trace and Greta wants to find out what's
happen to her. She slowly realizes that Richard and Eleanora lives a
special life, a very "open-minded" sexual life, and when she sees Sally
in an home made porno she understands that something has happen on the
island, but who is behind the crime?
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Amuck gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films, cited as "Restored in 2K From the Original 35mm Negative". It is dual-layered territory with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1 hour 40-minute feature. It offers both the English and Italian versions - seamless (exact same transfer.) The 1080P supports excellent contrast with deep, rich colors and minor depth in the 2.35:1 frame. It's quite clean with only a few speckles and the grain textures are fine and consistent. This Blu-ray exports an exceptional HD presentation.
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Slight variation on Italian language - subtitle translation
Both English and Italian tracks on the Blu-ray of Amuck offer uncompressed liner PCM transfers. The DUB'ing mismatches are at the usual level of Italian cinema. The effects seem modest for such a film but there is some piercing screams and an exaggerative-ly serene score by Teo Usuelli occasionally erupting into high drama hen called upon. The high-end is quite tight - which we would assume is 'original'. There are optional English subtitles, for both language tracks (SDH on the English language), with slight translations differences (see sample) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
There are some excellent supplements - 88 Films add An Icon Amuck which is a 21-minute interview with Barbara Bouchet looking as lovely as ever and being very frank about her career and Amuck. There is also a 23-minute Barbara Bouchet Q&A from the Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester where she fields questions. Death in Venice is a 1/4 hour, subtitled, interview with Rosalba Neri discussing working in Silvio Amadio's film. The package has a 4-page liner notes essay by Dr. Calum Waddell and offers a reversible sleeve.
March 28th, 2017
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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