Plot: What’s it about?
Lorenzo de Lamberti (Hayden Christensen) is a man about Florence, able to woo the ladies at will and add notches to his bedpost with ease. As much as these conquests mean to Lorenzo, one girl remains on his mind all the time, the elusive Pampinea (Mischa Barton). Alas, she is also pursued by others, so the competition will be fierce. Her heart belongs to a Russian count (Matthew Rhys), but because of a family debt, she has been promised to Gerbino (Tim Roth), a nobleman who isn’t so noble. An accident lands Lorenzo in the care of a group of very lustful women, who assume he is an angel, but he is soon tossed aside. Now faced with the prospect of his love married to another man, Lorenzo decides to rescue her, to have her for himself. But with so many suitors, can even Lorenzo’s slick moves be good enough?
This is just an awful movie. Virgin Territory promises to be a “sexy action-comedy,” but in truth, none of those three adjectives are accurate. The humor is ineffective, the action elements are poorly done, and as far as sexy, while some hot females are involved, this isn’t erotica. So this wants to be a wild ride through a world of debauchery, but instead comes off like a lame duck that fails deliver on its promises. Hayden Christensen is miscast here as a charismatic lothario, as he instead seems more like an awkward, wooden man who is constantly upstaged by those around him. And given the level of female talent involved here, that doesn’t speak well of his on screen presence. As I said, you’ll see some naked females, but the nudity level is low, despite what the marketing campaign wants us to believe. There is a reason this movie remained dormant for three years before it was released, as Virgin Territory is simply a movie that shouldn’t be seen.
Video: How does it look?
Virgin Territory is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a solid transfer with no serious concerns, but it never rises above that level of performance. The print looks clean, but the image isn’t that sharp and often even looks a little soft. Not to an extreme degree, but this is a recent movie, so it should have a more polished look. I found colors to be accurate and contrast performs well though, which is always good news. So in the end, a solid looking presentation, but not one that will have you raving over the visuals on showcase.
Audio: How does it sound?
This Dolby Digital 5.1 option is good, but the material doesn’t demand much. The music is awful, but it is well handled, while dialogue is smooth and always crystal clear. The surrounds don’t have a lot to do here, but when a boost is needed, it is usually supplied. So power is never remarkable, but all the bases seem to be covered. This disc also includes English subtitles, should you require those.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The extras here include some unused sex scenes, a costume design portfolio, a deleted scene with David Williams, a brief look behind the scenes, and the film’s trailer.