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Two by Tinto Brass in May

Arrow Video has announced the UK DVD & Worldwide Blu-ray premieres of two cornerstone releases in Erotic Cinema history, Tinto Brass' All Ladies Do It and The Key. Beautifully restored, uncut and uncensored, both films will be available as dual format editions from Monday May 20th.

One of the true pioneers of adult and erotic cinema, Brass was born and raised in 1930’s Venice. His Grandfather, Italico Brass, was a famous painter. Tinto inherited his grandfather’s artistic talents and applied them to his future filmmaking.

Renowned as one of Europe's leading figures in softcore erotic filmmaking, Brass has earned a worldwide reputation for his blend of artiness and thematic extremity.

After joining the Italian film industry in the early 1960’s Brass worked alongside the likes of Federico Fellini (whom Tinto idolised) and Roberto Rossellini, before directing his debut solo feature in 1963.

It was not until ‘76 that Brass would experience worldwide recognition, when Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione chose him to direct Caligula. Despite numerous editing and post-production issues, which caused Brass to disown the film, it made millions at the box office and ultimately gained him global notoriety.

Known for his lush but unconventional eroticism, often with political or social undertones, Brass went on to direct a string of highly acclaimed erotic features, two of which, The Key and All Ladies Do It, have been hand-picked by Arrow to receive their UK Blu-ray premieres.

These two dual format editions include brand new uncut and uncensored versions of each film, which have been painstakingly restored for Blu-ray and DVD.

They also include both the Italian and English audio tracks, together for the very first time on a home entertainment release.

This verison of the film is the longest version ever released in the UK. The stunning Claudia Koll indulges her unquenchable sexual appetite in this softcore epic – loosely inspired by the Mozart opera Così fan tutte (the title is a direct translation).

Diana (Claudia Koll) and Paolo (Paolo Lanza) are happily married despite her much greater sexual appetite – he’s content to simply listen to the stories of her various adventures. But, when she has an affair that’s much too close to home, he throws her out, and she moves into a Venetian flat to embark upon an erotic voyage of sexual discovery, while at the same time trying to win him back.

All Ladies Do It tackles a crucial question: why shouldn’t women enjoy the same sexual freedom that they’ve long had to tolerate in their men? Especially when they have such shapely and inviting rears?

Once again, Tinto Brass proves his unmatched skill at balancing eroticism and humour in this lively and beautifully photographed comedy, both wittier and more sexually explicit than the average softcore romp.

The special features on the dual format deluxe edition of All Ladies Do It are as follows:

- 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 critic David Flint, illustrated with rare production stills



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.

The special features on the dual format deluxe edition of The Key are as follows:

- 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

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