The Howl [DVD] [1970]

One of the more obscure items in Tinto Brass' filmography (at least in the United States), The Howl (aka L'Urlo) has finally been given a North American DVD release in this edition from Cult Epics. The Howl has been transferred to disc in widescreen format, letterboxed on conventional televisions at the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. According to the liner notes, The Howl was transferred from Brass' own personal print, which doesn't appear to have been especially well cared for; there are plenty of scratches and visible splices, and while the color balance is generally good, the image often appears a bit soft and grainy, suggesting this may have come from a 16 mm reduction print. The dialogue is in Italian (with a few passages in English), with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the quality is on a par with the images -- not bad, but showing some obvious flaws. As a bonus, this release includes an alternate audio commentary track, in which Brass talks at length (in English) about his cast, his collaborators, and the ideas behind the film. The disc also features trailers for two other Tinto Brass titles released by Cult Epics. This release of The Howl is a long way from perfect, but it's certainly watchable, and given its rarity U.S. fans of stylish Eurotrash will probably want to check it out.
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Overview

Special Features

  • English audio commentary by Tinto Brass
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailers

Synopsis

L'Urlo
Tinto Brass directed this bizarre counterculture escapade, which was shot in 1968 and reflects that momentous year in its frequently playful outrage. Anita (Tina Aumont) is a student activist whose politics move even further to the left after she's raped by police officers following her arrest during a demonstration. Her fiancée Berto (Nino Segurini) is still eager to marry her, but during a performance-art ceremony held in an industrial wasteland, Anita changes her mind and runs away. She soon meets Coso (Gigi Proietti, here billed as Luigi Proiette), who may or may not be an escaped prisoner, and together they wander from one part of Italy to another, encountering a variety of bizarre characters along the way, including a family of well-bred cannibals, a handful of mental patients who stage a revolt, a military leaders whose short stature has not stunted his arrogance, a band of angry but inept police officers and a hotel full of sexual experimentalists. Abandoning a traditional narrative once Anita and Coso hit the road, L'Urlo (aka The Howl) was Brass's second film exploring the changing mood of the Swinging Sixties, following Nerosubianco (aka Attraction and Black On White). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tina Aumont
    Tina Aumont - Anita
  • Luigi Proietti
    Luigi Proietti - Coso
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    Antonio Segurini - Berto
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    Tino Scotti - Padell
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    Germano Longo
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