January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Miranda (Serena Grandi) is a beautiful woman who runs a local tavern, but she has suffered a loss and her life remains somewhat hollow. Her husband was killed in World War II and this left her all alone, which is bad news, as she loves being with men. So of course, she begins her search for a new man to come into her life, but she is a beautiful and very sensual woman, so she is careful to choose just the right man for herself. In other words, Miranda will not simple settle for whatever man crosses her path, instead she plans to sample a number of men and then narrow down the field, after seeing what they have to offer. The men she meets and entertains come from all sorts of background and vary wildly, but Miranda loves to use their services and spend time with them all, as much as possible. A wealthy, powerful older man, a lower class, but handsome chauffeur, an American soldier, and even one of the workers from her own tavern, these are the four main candidates for her affections. But which will make the best lover and husband for her, if she is even able to decide between them, that is…

Miranda has the all the usual elements we’d expect from a Tinto Brass picture, which means up close & personal camera angles, beautiful women, and ample nudity, of both the male & female varieties. I don’t think I’d rank this as his best film nor my personal favorite, but Miranda is an enjoyable erotic film in all respects. The erotic scenes play well and the film even has liberal doses of humor, which add to the overall entertainment value involved. But comedy aside, the real draw is the erotic side of the movie, of course, fueled by the featured female flesh. The title role is played by Serena Grandi (Frivolous Lola, Delirium), who is fun to watch and has no trouble getting naked for the camera, which she does on numerous occasions throughout Miranda’s duration. It is good that she’s good looking and carries her role, as she is the central focus of the picture, from start to finish. I am very pleased to see Cult Epics giving some films of Tinto Brass such good treatments, as previous editions have been rather lackluster. Miranda is loaded with beautiful women and fits in well in Brass’ resume, so fans of his will be delighted with this terrific disc, no doubt about it.

Video: How does it look?

Miranda is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The image here shows a marked improvement over previous versions, though some flaws remain present. I found the print to be in better condition than expected, with only minor errors to discuss, including grain, which stays minimal throughout. The colors come through in fine form and black levels have held up well also, but I did notice some softness at times. But even so, this is a much more impressive visual effort than expected, so I commend Cult Epics for their work here.

Audio: How does it sound?

I found the audio here to be acceptable and stable, but not much beyond that, though I doubt anyone will be let down in this case. This disc sports an English language track and aside from the somewhat unusual voice talents chosen, the track sounds good and all of the needed elements come across well enough. The music (by the gifted Riz Ortolani) is clean and sound effects are solid, but keep in mind, this is erotic cinema, not the latest action blockbuster. So the audio never sparks too much, but then again in this case, it never really needs to do so.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a ten minute interview with Tinto Brass, a selection of still photos, some talent files, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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