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The Key [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Frank Finlay, Stefania Sandrelli, Franco Branciaroll
  • Directors: Tinto Brass
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5DKY48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Tinto Brass s first major film since the notorious Caligula stars Frank Finlay as a man who is terrified of losing his voluptuous wife Teresa (Stefania Sandrelli) because he is unable to satisfy her sexually. He arranges for her to have an affair, by taking erotic photographs of her and asking her would-be lover to develop them. Meanwhile, he keeps abreast of her burgeoning relationship by reading her diary, in the full knowledge that she in turn is reading his...

One of Brass s most critically acclaimed films, The Key is also one of his most elegant, with wintry Venetian locations, a beautiful Ennio Morricone score and a strong sense of period - it s set in 1940, just before Mussolini s Italy entered World War II.

However, it also unmistakably shows the path that Brass would eventually follow, with startlingly graphic sex scenes for a supposedly respectable film cast with serious actors.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD Presentation of the film in widescreen for the first time!
  • Optional English and Italian audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian audio
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly illustrated artwork by The Red Dress
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tinto Brass scholar Alexander Tuschinski, illustrated with rare production stills

Review

A classic of erotic film. --Cinema of the World

Successfully skirts the line between arthouse and softcore erotica. --DVD Beaver

Successfully skirts the line between arthouse and softcore erotica. --DVD Beaver

Customer Reviews

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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've watched this film several times in the past couple of months. It intrigues me. It's a beautifully strange, quirky, erotic well-filmed movie which has incredible attention to detail and then lets itself down in comic moments.
Tinto Brass has certain talents and one of them is truly capturing an era, another is truly appreciating the difference between erotic and pornographic films. This is erotic and it features some extremely good acting (Frank Finlay is superb and the female lead is stunningly beautiful). As in all his films, Brass allows his own fetish's to come to the fore every now and then which, in my opinion are slightly too 'earthy'!. If not for that, it would be a real 'watch with your wife/girlfriend' film. Despite that, the attention to detail, the cinematography, acting, lighting, story-line, eroticism, location and authentisity of the costumes/dress make this a wonderful example of a rare genre and very watchable indeed.
Ladies may enjoy it as a soft-core/drama alternative. A drama with an erotic edge!
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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
Although this is a good movie for any Brass fans out there, this DVD is not the way to see it. Two reasons:
1. Although it is stated to be the English version almost 30% of the scenes are in Italian and not subtitled, therefore incomprehensible. This means you can follow the erotic main plotline, but you completely miss the political subplot unless you understand Italian.
2. The featured interview with Brass has him discussing a different movie he made (Cheeky, if I'm not mistaken) and at first leaves you in doubt what he is talking about.
I don't recommend this DVD and I suggest buying a region 1 version of this movie.
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Beautifully shot, stunning scenery, and an interesting and somewhat sad story. It's a good movie if you want to see Tinto Brass' style as far as costumes and settings and some of the romantic elements he includes... even a few silly scenes with the faux phallus appearing here and there. But as far as the eroticism goes, two words mostly come to mind: passive and brief. It's basically the least erotic film from Tinto Brass that I've yet seen, certainly not enough screen time for anything explicit to give you a real rise. What there is to see, in context is a bit too non-consentual for my tastes, or it was just unconvincing (too obviously fake, like a stage pantomime or something). The mood is very heavy throughout... oh and there's some cross-dressing for the men... so yeah that didn't do much for me.

But like I said, it looks gorgeous and the women are certainly attractive and well-built as always. If you want to watch for the story, I'd certainly find it moving.
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This movie is actually one of the most funny erotic films i remember. Stefania Sandrelli is excelent in the role of a middle aged, sexually restless housewive and mother, living in Venice during the last days before Italy's entry in WW II.
The remaining cast is quite good but the award must go to the actress and the story, wrote by a japanese author. It is quite more joyful then "Senso 45", of the same director.
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This is one of only three films of Tinto Brass that I have been able to obtain with all or in this case much of the original soundtrack intact. All the others I have seen were completely ruined, as films usually are, by the clumsy dubbing from the same old dubbing studio and the same old bunch of actors. They have also ruined hundreds of other films and TV series and should have been put out of business decades ago.

The well known English actor Frank Finlay in the main male part appears with his own voice in the 'English' version here. Where English is not essential the Italian has been left intact - this is where minor Italian characters are talking.

Although there is, strictly speaking, really no single 'great erotic scene' in the film, there are a great many very well handled 'candid' erotic scenes generously distributed throughout the entire film and the cumulative effect is truly joyous especially if seen on a projection screen from which it gains a great deal, as of course do many arthaus films despite the intimate small scale subject matter. This film shares the same life-affirming, earthy life-force that is found in some other Italian films such as those of Fellini.

What do I mean by 'candid': I mean 'real' and honest, not idealised as in Hollywood love scenes; I mean an almost detatched documentary style not avoiding the clumsyness and awkwardness found in real life; I mean distanced and yet intimate at the same time; I mean that such scenes can be occasionally a little sordid or sometimes a little absurd. That's the sort of thing I mean - and it's all too rare while still retaining an erotic quality and not alienating the viewer (in the sense of vitiating any sexual response).
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A FILM TRULY IN THE CAST OF CHEEKY PRODUCER TINTO BRASS. IT IS HARMLESS FUN WITH LOTS OF GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AND CHEEKY SNAPS OF NAUGHTY INNUENDOS. DO WATCH WITH THE GIRLFRIEND/WIFE/LOVER!
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This is a good movie, not your traditional easy, simple exploitation thing. It is based on a very good novel thate tries to explore the motives of desire and jealousy. The pre-belic ambience in fascist Italy and the Venetian settings are a plus. Unfortunately, the remastering is not satisfactory at all. The restoration itself is good, so that the image is spotless, that much is true; all damages have been removed. However, the image has been made too bright, so bright it is really uncomfortable to watch, with blacks looking greys, all very unrealistic. On top of that, there is a bit too much DNR, so that the image is too soft, even for an early 80 movie, quite devoid of detail and lacking sharpness, and I mean the blu-ray (did not watch the dvd). Some images are quite daring for a sort of mainstream movie. Too bad about the remastering...
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