Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tinto Brass: Maestro Of Erotic Cinema (Blu-ray Review) - Cult Epics

The Box Set
Tinto Brass has been making films since the early 1960s. Known to genre fans for his erotic and exploitative nature with films such as Caligula (1979)and Salon Kitty (1976). Brass' penchant for skin on film has carried his career into the 21st century with the erotic films contained in this set. From comedies like CHEEKY! and PRIVATE (Fallo) to the Nazi-Germany set drama BLACK ANGEL (Senso '45) and the very sexually charged MONAMOUR, this collection brings four of the Italian director's contemporary works together in one attractive package.

Tinto Brass has been at it for five decades now and hasn't lost his ability to get a rise and charge out of his audience. There are plenty of laughs to be had in this set and emotional highs and lows. There's also a bounty of beautiful women in various sexual encounters. Tinto Brass may never be looked at as a truly brilliant director but few can rival his successes over such an extended period of time in such a genre of film.

The Audio & Video
Cult Epics has done a beautiful job assembling this box set out of previously available individual titles. The transfers on these discs (all 16x9 anamorphic) are pristine with crystal clear clarity and striking colors. The skin tones are fleshy and natural while black levels and deep and rich. The audio tracks are much the same, with options for Italian audio with optional English subtitles or an English dub track, there isn't a bit of background noise or audible hiccups. The mix is well done between dialogue and soundtracks too.

The Extras
This five disc set includes a healthy array of special features including:

-40 Page collectible booklet
-DVD documentary: "Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotic Cinema"
-"Making Of" Featurettes
-Photo Galleries

The Bottom Line
Four Tinto Brass feature films on Blu-ray and a documentary on DVD make this five disc set an absolutely stellar release from the good folks at Cult Epics. If any sort of erotic cinema is an interest to you there's no reason not to run out and buy yourself a copy of this set.


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