The standout here is Vittorio De Sicaâs delicious sex comedy The Raffle, in which Sophia Loren manages to retain her own virtue while boosting a sad sackâs ego by letting him play the stud among his pals. The final image of the act may actually be the most potent and telling of the entire film. Anthology films are an interesting phenomena that modern audiences don't see much of outside the horror genre. Detail is good and the overall quality of the image tends to improve with each act, with the last two segments showing off the most substantial clarity. More drama comes in the form of the couple's difficult living situation and the constant advances of Luciana's repugnant boss. All portmanteau pictures suffer from inconsistency, but several â60s examples contain gems and more should be released on DVD. In "The Raffle," Loren plays a woman who operates a shooting gallery and is the sex prize of a Saturday night, raffle. From the cheery to the comical, from the tragic to the absurd, each act offers an interesting peek into 1960s Italian romance and sexuality, as filtered through the unique eyes of its respective director. Loren lights up the screen, making it easy to see why every able-bodied man in the town is so obsessed with her, and De Sica does a good job of balancing the humor with little bits of insight. The first segment, 'Renzo e Luciana,' is a fairly light and breezy look at a newlywed couple's early struggles. What happens when you take four giants of classic Italian cinema, Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica, throw in some of the era's most gorgeous female stars (including Anita Ekberg and Sophia Loren), and then let a camera roll? Though quality does waver a bit from segment to segment, the film as a whole looks pretty good. Blu-Ray Review – Boccaccio ’70. Bringing you all the best reviews of high definition entertainment. An amusing story about a raffle that offers one lucky winner a night alone with Loren's character, Zoe, the segment provides a lighthearted and mostly comical examination of our culture's emphasis on sexual conquest and our tendency to objectify women. Black levels are solid, but some sequences can appear a hair elevated. And one about an office romance. The Child, aka Baby Yoda, is almost back! That's right, this segment features a giant, towering Anita Ekberg frolicking through the city like some kind of shapely King Kong as she attempts to seduce the sexually repressed Antonio. Founded in April 2006, High-Def Digest is the ultimate guide for High-Def enthusiasts who demand only the best that money can buy. Everything from the infectiously catchy milk jingle that sounds off with the advertisement, to the tempting, giant apparition of Anita Ekberg, comes together to form a brilliantly bizarre satire on the war against obscenity, the power of temptation, and the necessity for us all to "drink more milk!". 710067). Loren's character is more than just a figure of lust, however, and as Zoe she reveals the vulnerability, pain, and frustration that comes with being such a prized "commodity." 'Boccaccio '70' is a strong example of an anthology film done right. The video and audio presentations show their age a bit, but are still solid. Worth a look. Seriously, I can't get that milk jingle out of my head, and it's in Italian. Despite the aforementioned isolated fluctuations, color is impressive with some strong primary hues and nice vibrancy. By bringing together some of the most famous and talented Italian filmmakers and stars of the time, the movie manages to entertain throughout.
To accommodate a country bumpkin who begs to win the raffle, she fixes the drawing but does not deliver the goods; to show she is a noble slattern, however, Loren spreads the word that she has dallied with the clod so he will become a hero to his crowd.
The film is only an excuse to parade the Amazonian, attributes of Ekberg and Loren, with Schneider thrown in for dramatic license. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.
Factory, Home Video Releases For The Week of October 13, 2020, Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Unboxing, A Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversay Deluxe Edition (DVD). Watching these has been the silver lining of quarantine, Just when you thought Joe Exotic's park couldn't get more intense. Contrast wavers and looks blown out in some scenes (again, primarily in the first act). Genres: Commedia all'italiana, Anthology Film, Slice of Life, Sex Comedy. The quality of the image tends to improve from act to act, but even at its worst this is still a solid looking picture. Directed by: Mario Monicelli, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica. The audio is presented in an Italian DTS-HD MA 1.0 mix with optional English subtitles. Plus, some seasonally appropriate Hallmark movies, Including how to watch previous debates and town halls. Boccaccio '70. Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141, Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,Company Number: LP003328, Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.All registered in England and Wales. Fellini infuses the story with an almost hallucinatory tone of surreal comedy and absurdist humor, exaggerating the situations to great comedic effect, including a particularly amusing sequence that features huddled masses (adult and children alike) singing and dancing around the sexy billboard in joyous worship as Antonio looks on in horror. While not overly impressive and a bit inconsistent, the film still looks nice on Blu-ray. With that said, a few scenes do look a bit faded and washed out from time to time.
Though it lacks the cheerful touch of its companion pieces, 'Il Lavoro' fits well within the larger work, and ends up being a very effective and powerful treatise on our desires for self worth and affection. Offended by the "tasteless" image, Antonio does everything in his power to have it removed. Unfortunately, supplements are almost nonexistent. Copyright © 2020 LLC, MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. The movie itself is recommended, but with little in the way of extras, this disc may not warrant an immediate purchase. Bass is essentially absent but balance within the mix is handled well. All the great European directors of the time did shorts for these compilation films.