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UPC: 881190007495

Format: DVD

Release Date: Sep 29, 2009

Rating: NR

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Tinto Brass directed this curious but visually inventive look at Swinging London during the height of the hippie era, which received its first North American DVD release in this edition from Cult Epics. Attraction (aka Nerosubianco) has been transferred to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. This release was transferred from a 16mm print provided by director and distributor Radley Metzger (whose company Audubon Films originally released the movie in the United States under the title The Artful Penetration of Barbara, the title that appears on screen), and it's no surprise that the image is just a bit soft and the colors sometimes mottled; despite this, the picture is generally clear and the look of this transfer is wholly appropriate to the era, though sometimes the widescreen framings look a bit off. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original single-channel sound mix, and the quality is OK for the period but nothing exceptional. The songs, dialogue and narration are in English, with no subtitles of multiple language options included. As a bonus, this edition includes a gallery of lobby cards used to promote Attraction's original release, as well as trailers for Attraction and Deadly Sweet (another Tinto Brass title released by Cult Epics). The disc is also divided into chapters corresponding to the songs by Freedom used in the film, making it easy for fans to find individual cues. Even by Brass's standards, Attraction is no lost masterpiece, but it's served as well as one has a right to expect with this DVD edition, and anyone interested in 1960s sex and sedition will get a smile from it.
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