Although "Muschimaus mag's grad heraus" (aka "Jagdzeit für Naschkatzen") played in German theatres in 1974, this Hubert Frank sexploitation comedy apparently never saw a legit release on VHS anywhere, which makes it one of the rarest and least seen films ever to feature Ulrike Butz. A frustrating fact for fans, since playing the lead character gave Ulrike the opportunity to truly display her thespian skills, thus making it one of her most important films.
Walter Potganski from moviemax GmbH in Munich is in possession of a used 35mm positive print of "Muschimaus..." which will be the source for the upcoming and highly anticipated DVD, sceduled for release sometime next year. A very exciting event, as this will be the first time the film has ever been available on any type of home video format!
Given that no negative or interpositive could be located, you can't expect it to look pristine and sound crisp, but from what I've heard and seen so far the overall quality seems considerably better than I had initially anticipated. Unfortunately the soundtrack was dubbed in post, a common practice for this type of film from that era.
Being an avid film buff and collector, I do have a few concerns...
I sincerely hope that the movie will be fully uncut and any print damage won't result in frames being tossed out.
Also, looking at some screen caps from the digital transfer I noticed that the aspect ratio here is a bit off, as the image is somewhat stretched horizontally - a technical flaw that can be easily fixed before the final authoring stages. [see EDIT below]
I will try to keep you informed regarding the details of this release, it's a must have!
Meanwhile, here are some screen caps from "Muschimaus mag's grad heraus" to give you a little taste of what's to come.
Screenshots © moviemax GmbH München
The aspect ratio issue is most likely the result of the software used to take these screen caps. The film itself will have the correct aspect ratio on DVD.