Michael Sauter
August 20, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A multidisc release featuring such ”sirens” as Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Gina Lollobrigida, and Claudia Cardinale certainly sounds like a can’t-miss concept. But what we have here is less a ”collection” than a grab bag, full of titles that hardly show these bombshells at their best. Mansfield goes from a watered-down femme fatale in the creaky caper film It Takes a Thief to an outsize?in more ways than one?caricature of herself as a campy stripper in Too Hot to Handle. Lollobrigida is decidedly nonglam as a sensibly dressed small-time smuggler in the tepid potboiler Alina. And then there is Bardot, in the excruciatingly whimsical The Bear and the Doll, looking perfectly silly as a miniskirted playgirl swinging around ?60s Paris. Only Cardinale, in Girl With a Suitcase, actually comes off well. As a struggling singer who gets involved with a teenage boy, she is gorgeously, earthily vibrant. In short, a true siren.

”Suitcase”: B? ”Too Hot,” ”Thief,” ”Alina”:C ”Bear”:D?

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