Mill Creek Entertainment pairs up two classic 1969 films "Agent of Consent" and "Cactus Flower" for a budget priced blu-ray release. The former stars James Mason & Helen Mirren while the latter stars Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman & Goldie Hawn in her feature film starring debut which garnered her a best supporting actress academy award. Both are romantic comedies though "Cactus Flower" leans more towards being a straight up comedy at times while "Age of Consent" leans more to the romantic side of comedy for the most part.
Both films share a dual layer blu-ray and I should mention to fans of "Age Of Consent" that the full uncut 107 minute version of the film is what is included with this release rather than the truncated 98 minute cut which mainly removed nudity by Helen Mirren.
Each film is presented in their original 1.85 aspect ratios (despite the back of the case listing "Age of Consent as 1.78:1). Using the AVC codec with an average bit rate of 25 for "Age of Consent" and 30 for "Cactus Flower", both films look quite good. Thankfully no digital noise reduction appears to have been done at all due to the films feature prominent but never obtrusive film grain which represent the films how they were meant to look. Colors are nicely saturated and contrast levels look natural too. I am not sure how recent each of these HD masters were done but they look much better than the past DVD releases in my eyes.
Audio for both is in 2 channel LPCM. No English subtitles or extras are included.
Considering this disc goes for a bit less than 9 dollars currently and both of these films are classics, you cannot go wrong picking it up. Add in the fact that the full uncut version of "Age of Consent" was thankfully included and you can't go wrong.
I don't know who did or why these two films were packaged together, but what a treat. Cactus Flower is a great romantic dramedy with a great cast, and Age of Consent is not really what you might infer from the title and cover picture. It's not another Lolita ( in which James Mason also stars). Yes there is female nudity but nothing full frontal or actually much of it. I liked it for the stars and the Queensland islands location. There's also a nice satirical scene about modern art in the beginning (anybody remember Peggy Cass?). Anyway, 2 good movies.
I loved the movie "Cactus Flower" with Walter Matthau, a radiant Ingrid Bergman and the delightful Goldie Hawn. A feel good flick from the 60's. The second movie "Age of Consent" was okay, with a good performance by James Mason and the debut of Helen Mirren, but a bit slow in places without much of a story.