Review by: Fusion3600
Posted on: July 7th, 2012
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Plot: What’s it about?

Giorgio (John Steiner) is a driven man, who pursues his desires and wants with ruthless precision. He has made a fortune as an industrialist, where his hard edged approach served him well. At home, he domineers over his beautiful wife Silvia (Elizabeth Turner), with brutal levels of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Now he has invited a young couple, Irem (Al Cliver) and Barbara (Silvia Dionisio) to join himself and his wife aboard his yacht. With open minds and carefree intentions, Irem and Barbara set off on a weekend cruise with Giorgio and Silvia. Soon enough, passions erupt and tensions rise, as Silvia becomes involved with Irem and Barbara. As Silvia’s situation becomes more clear to them, Irem and Barbara agree to help her get revenge on Giorgio. But Giorgio is so paranoid and out of control, that won’t be a simple task. Can Silvia find an escape from her horrific lifestyle, or will Giorgio get what he wants, as always?

While Ruggero Deodato is perhaps best known for his brutal cannibal pictures, Waves of Lust is far removed from the blood soaked carnage of that genre. Instead we have a tense, psychological thriller with an emphasis on sex. And when I say emphasis, I mean Waves of Lust is a virtual carnival of naked flesh. But the volume of sex isn’t trying to distract from the plot, in fact quite the opposite is true. The sexual content in Waves of Lust is crucial to the plot and Deodato ensures that each scene is used to up the ante as far as tension and atmosphere. The direction is excellent here to be sure, perhaps the best technical effort I’ve seen from Deodato’s resume of films. I found the plot to be engrossing, the atmosphere was tense, and of course beautiful naked women are always fun to have around. If you just want blood and guts, you’ll be let down, but if you want an effective thriller with intense sexual dynamics, Waves of Lust is highly recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Waves of Lust is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. As expected from Raro Video, the movie looks excellent in this presentation. The print has some minor issues, but looks fantastic and allows the visuals to shine. The black & white image is crisp, with very good detail and more depth than expected. I found contrast to be smooth and even, which helps preserve detail and provide a consistent presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

The Italian mono soundtrack is clean and clear, which is about all we can ask. I was glad to hear minimal age related defects, as some of these tracks can have wicked harshness or hiss present. But here the dialogue is clear and has no distortion, while the other elements all fall into line quite well. The audio is a bit on the thin side, but that is not unexpected with an older mono track, so I won’t be too critical on that. This disc also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the Erotic Tsunami featurette that house some great interviews, some deleted scenes, information on Ruggero Deodato, and television ads directed by Deodato. All in all, quite a nice selection of supplements.

MOVIE INFO.
YEAR RELEASED
1975
RATING
Not Rated
DIRECTOR
Ruggero Deodato
STUDIO
Raro Video
RUNNING TIME
88 min.


TECH SPECS
  • STANDARD DVD
  • (1.85:1)
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • Audio: Mono
  • 1 Disc Set
  • DISC FEATURES
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy

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