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Two Males for Alexa aka "Bitterer Whisky (Im Rausch der Sinne)" aka "Fieras sin jaula" or "2 Masks for Alexa" [Blu-ray]
(Juan Logar, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Arvo Film
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Italian Runtime: 1:25:03.125
Spanish Runtime: 1:26:36.583
Disc Size: 44,020,928,204 bytes
Feature Sizes - Italian: 25,643,535,168 bytes / Spanish: 16,184,835,456 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.95 Mbps / 19.83 Mbps
Chapters: 6 + 6
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: May 15th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio German 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS
Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary (on Italian version):
English, non-removable, for Italian language (both versions) - none for German DUBs (both versions)
•Commentary (German only) by Gerd Nauman, Matthias Künnecke and Bodo Traber
• Textless opening (1:30)
• B-Roll (6:09)
• Music track (6:12)
Well-to-do, older business man, Ronald Marvelling (Curt
Jurgens), forgivably falls for nubile Alexa (Rosalba Neri),
an attractive friend of his daughter (Emma Cohen) who isn't afraid to
flash her smile and legs. She knows 'what side her bread is
buttered' and gets hooked to the sophisticated gent but
proceeds to have an affair with young stud Pietro (Juan Luis Galiardo). Ronald is also a master of visually spying and
audio recording his trophy wife and seeks an elaborate
revenge by sealing the deceptive lovers in the bedroom
together, with his expired, bleeding, body after an
attempted gunshot suicide, after he catches them in the act.
The young lovers soon begin to hate each other, Alexa has
hallucinations believing she saw Ronald's body move, and
Pietro's starts losing his grip as
violent events begin to transpire as they are locked-in... with
no way out.
Curd Jurgens as the betrayed husband is incredibly expressive and believable; Rosabla Neri, as the philandering Alexa, delivers her usual thoughtful performance and, in doing so, makes her potentially cardboard cut-out character multi-dimensional, and Juan Luis Galiardo, as Alexa’s heartthrob Pierre, also cares enough about his craft that he avoids the trappings of a potentially stereotypical character and, like Neri, makes him real and full of depth.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is a limited edition that was released in three different covers - this being the third - and last available.
Amazon lists it as being released by VZ-Handelsgesellschaft, but seems like X-Rated Eurokult - the same company that produced The Sweet Body of Deborah on Blu-ray. This edition has two versions (Italian and slightly longer Spanish version) sharing the lone dual-layered Blu-ray disc. The picture quality leans to the, marginally shorter, Italian version transfer being a bit better with 50% higher bitrate (both are 1.85:1 and 1080P) and what I noticed between the versions is a different order to scenes, and the Rosalba Neri's nudity (sex on beach, in front of mirror) was absent in the Spanish version but are in black and white in the Italian/Spanish version (see samples below). I don't know why the Spanish cut is slightly longer but it could be some of the flashback scenes of Alexa's old boyfriend - with his new girlfriend.
Image quality, in general, is actually quite strong with clear, reasonably tight visuals, rich colors and plenty of depth. I saw no compression or noise issues. It had some inconsistencies - perhaps noting the version cuts - but I was surprised at the high level, all things considered. There are some rare speckles notable in some of the nudity scenes (cut from the Spanish version).
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Slightly different shot
More Italian Version Blu-ray captures
ADTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at (16-bit) is utilized in a German DUB (Spanish language cut) or Italian language - available for both versions. I found the audio had fluctuations - one notable drop-out and variable volume levels with the music, often, very loud in relation to dialogue - notable at the club scene where Alexa and Pietro first meet. The score is by Italian composer and jazz musician Piero Piccioni (Fox With a Velvet Tail, Three Brothers, The 10th Victim, Adua and Her Friends, Hands Over the City, L'assassino, The Moment of Truth) with some violent chords during infidelity and has some additional, unidentified female singing in the film (More Than I Loved You ?!) in English, for the opening. There are non-removable English subtitles for both Italian tracks but none of the German DUBs (both versions) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.
There is a German-language commentary by a couple of individuals, plus the alt-opening/title, and textless opening sequences, 6-minutes of B-Roll and also 6-minute of the music track (Piero Piccioni? and the opening song - no vocals) - played quietly while a poster is shown. There is also a DVD and a booklet with German text and color photos.
September 8th, 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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