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  • Pretty Peaches Trilogy: Pretty Peaches (1978), Pretty Peaches 2 (1987) & Pretty Peaches 3: The Quest (1989) Blu-ray Review

    Pretty Peaches Trilogy (1978-1989)

    Director: Alex de Renzy

    Starring: Desiree Cousteau, Juliet Anderson, Joey Silvera, John Leslie & Paul Thomas / Siobhan Hunter, Tracey Adams, Hershel Savage, Ron Jeremy & Jamie Gillis / Keisha, Tracey Adams, Marc Wallice, Eric Price, Rachel Ryan & Jamie Gillis 

    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Vinegar Syndrome, the sultans of smut, proudly present erotic maestro Alex de Renzy’s Pretty Peaches trilogy in all its uncut glory!  In the original classic, Desiree Cousteau (Hot & Saucy Pizza Girls) stars as the bubbly and vivacious Peaches who after attending her father’s wedding, winds up in an accident resulting in a severe case of amnesia.  Rescued, for better or worse, by two horny men, Peaches’ road to recovery will be a long and hard one.  Next up, Pretty Peaches 2 centers on the sexually curious Peaches (Siobhan Hunter, Summer Lovers) as she hits the road to educate herself only to end up in San Francisco at her eccentric Uncle Howard’s (Ron Jeremy, Terms of Endowment) house.  Finally, Pretty Peaches 3: The Quest finds Peaches (Keisha, Uniform Behavior) ditching her trailer park life to search for spiritual enlightenment, leading to a series of sexual explorations.  

    Long considered de Renzy’s pornographic masterpiece, Pretty Peaches is equal parts scandalous and humorous made possible by the optimistically dopey performance of the gorgeous Desiree Cousteau.  After being knocked unconscious and sneakily raped by an uncontrollable fellow, Peaches awakes with no memory of herself prompting her two manipulative rescuers to take her in.  Concerned for his daughter’s whereabouts after her speedy exit from his wedding, Hugh (John Leslie, Candy Goes to Hollywood) attempts to enjoy his honeymoon with his black bride.  Between penetrating his new wife to a soundtrack of bed squeaks and engaging in a sweaty threesome with his blonde housekeeper, Peaches is no closer to remembering her identity.  Shuttled to the uncle of her rapist to help with her condition, the four-eyed horn dog instead performs an enema on Peaches, prompting the short-haired beauty to geyser everywhere in the film’s most hilariously over the top moment.  In addition, more bizarreness occurs when Peaches attempts to secure work as a dancer only to be sexually dog-piled by a swarm of strap-on wearing lesbians for the enjoyment of an audience.  As her unfavorable keepers get lucky with a duo of blondes, Peaches gets her own education from an especially thorough doctor.  Increased silliness and sexually-charged pandemonium converges at a lubed up swingers party where a most unexpected family reunion takes place restoring Peaches’ memory.  Deservedly awarded Best Actress by the Adult Film Association of America for her performance, Desiree Cousteau drives the picture in earnest with her adorably cute performance and unbelievably natural curves.  Providing wall to wall sequences of hot sex, Pretty Peaches’ notable sense of humor separates itself from other efforts as a bonafide erotic classic.

    Nearly a decade after the original film’s debut, Pretty Peaches 2 focuses on nearly 20-year-old Peaches (Hunter) longing for a crash course in sex.  Blocked from going all the way with her hunkish boyfriend Bobby (Peter North, The Bigger the Better), Peaches’ foxy mother Eunice (Tracey Adams, Angels of Passion) instead helps to ease his “lovers nuts” while, her stepfather (Hershel Savage, Losing Control) influences Peaches to seek answers out in the wild.  Hightailing it to San Francisco to shack up at her uncle’s pad, the sexually clueless picks up tips from a truck driver’s private party with a prostitute before arriving at casa de weird.  Ron Jeremy’s hilarious turn as the brightly dressed Uncle Howard is the film’s nonsexual highlight before engaging in an incestuous threesome with his wife and equally wacky son at the dinner table.  While former star Cousteau is sorely missing in action, Siobhan Hunter does well as the luscious Peaches of the 80s although, her role is limited to that of an observer until the film’s final act where she finally puts her lessons to use with a masquerading grandma played by Jamie Gillis (Corruption) and a steamy lesbian engagement.  Furthermore, although her fictional daughter headlines, Tracey Adams arguably steals the show with her knockout figure and increasingly hot encounters with several gents.  Sexier and surprisingly funnier than its predecessor, fans of big hair, amongst other “big” things, will take delight in de Renzy’s better late than never followup.

    Recasting the title role yet again, Pretty Peaches 3: The Quest finds sex queen Keisha stepping into the iconic role of Peaches in de Renzy’s underwhelming final chapter.  Unrelated to its previous installment where our protagonist was in search of sexual knowledge, Peaches, living in a trailer park with her attractive mother (played again by bombshell Tracey Adams), longs for spiritual enlightenment in her mundane life.  Under motherly orders, Peaches meets with the not-so-subtle Dr. Thunderpussy (Rachel Ryan, Private Places) to help ease her mind.  After a very lubricated examination, the lesbian doctor retreats to a backroom to fornicate with a sex doll.  Consistently gullible, our virginal lead then takes pity on a grieving TV preacher (Jamie Gillis returning in a new role) and aims to join him and his big-breasted assistant.  Just as things are getting hot and heavy, the FBI zeroes in on the deceitful preacher, edging Peaches out of her chances of enlightenment.  Persistent as ever, Peaches continues her journey leading her to a religious commune where she backs out of a lesbian threesome before losing her virginity to a hunk in a dojo-looking room.  Concerned for her whereabouts, Peaches’ mother and meathead boyfriend Bobby (Gene Carrera, Rock ’n Roll Heaven) pursue her, only to predictably end up riding the hobby horse together with muscles keeping his Reeboks well fastened.  Ultimately failing to find what she was searching for, Peaches is rejuvenated by a drunken hobo, inspiring her to be a strong voice for the needy.  Far too redundant to be original, Pretty Peaches 3: The Quest seemingly forgets the humor and boundary pushing elements that made its predecessors so memorable.  In addition, although attractive, Keisha is the least charismatic of the Peaches stars while, the film’s scandalous sequences appear by the numbers and lacking steam.  Understandably all great things must come to an end but, unfortunately Pretty Peaches 3: The Quest stands as the weakest chapter in a franchise that began so enthusiastically.

    Boasting a new encode restored in 2K from 35mm elements, Vinegar Syndrome presents the original film with a 1080p transfer, sporting a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  Filmically beautiful, natural grain is ever-present while, skin tones are highly detailed with colors of every variety making stunning impressions.  Mild instances of light scratches are occasionally spotted but hardly a cause for concern.  Meanwhile, its sequels, also restored in 2K from 35mm and 16mm elements with 1.85:1 aspect ratios, share equally pleasing presentations although, Pretty Peaches 3: The Quest suffers from noisy backgrounds and vertical splices appearing every now and again.  Individually equipped with DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mixes, dialogue is well-handled while music choices are appropriately balanced with wailing cries of ecstasy.  Once again, the third installment does suffer from noticeably lower pitches that require increases in volume to fully collect dialogue deliveries and other potent audio.  Although special features from Pretty Peaches’ original limited edition Blu-ray are not ported over making it a worthy keeper, the sole supplement is the Pretty Peaches 2 Trailer (3:38).

    Collecting underground pornographer Alex de Renzy’s trilogy of forbidden fruit, these golden age classics of erotica are of noted importance to adult connoisseurs for their sense of humor and sexual explorations of its charismatic title character.  In what appears to be a monthly basis, Vinegar Syndrome has yet again proven to porn preservers the labor of their efforts with another first-rate accomplishment sure to be appreciated for years to come.

    RATING: 3.5/5

    Available now from Vinegar Syndrome, the Pretty Peaches Trilogy can be purchased via VinegarSyndrome.com, Amazon.com and other fine retailers. 

  • Into the Woods (2014) Blu-ray Review

    Into the Woods (2014)

    Director: Rob Marshall

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine & Johnny Depp

    Released by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Based on the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods centers on iconic fairy tale characters including, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, young Jack (and his beanstalk) and Rapunzel as their stories intertwine with a childless baker and his wife, tasked to reverse a witch’s curse put upon them.  The impressive ensemble cast includes, Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), James Corden (The Three Musketeers), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger).

    Beloved for its sensational music and risqué interpretations of fairy tales, Into the Woods takes certain liberties with its big-screen adaptation while, remaining true to the spirit of its stage production.  With all changes and revisions approved by its original creators, Disney’s modestly budgeted spectacle charms viewers with Dennis Gassner’s (Big Fish) rich production design and eclectic cast that all manage to carry Sondheim’s music with ease.  Incorporating characters from several Brothers Grimm tales, Into the Woods centers on a husband and wife baking team (Corden and Blunt), unable to have children due to a wicked witch’s (Streep) curse.  In order to break the spell, the couple must fetch various items belonging to fellow characters including, Little Red Riding Hood’s cape, Cinderella’s shoe, Rapunzel’s hair and Jack’s cow.  Accustomed to each character and their respective stories, Into the Woods turns audience expectation on its head with twists that playfully poke fun at the sappy and clichéd tales.  While, more adult content and heavier violence may be softened, suggestive sequences involving Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford in her film debut) and The Wolf, in a minor role by Johnny Depp re-teaming with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director, remain intact and inject a splash of innuendo.

    No stranger to the musical world, Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) delivers a fantasy world of wonder and fear that takes viewers‘ breath away.  Unsurprisingly loaded with musical sequences, Into the Woods bewitches with its rich soundtrack including, the film’s catchy prologue and the hilariously passionate “Agony” performed by Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen.  While, its on-screen talent never lacks, the film’s standout performance belongs to Emily Blunt whose comedic timing and beautiful singing voice elevate the picture to even higher standards.  Although, captivating and gorgeous, Into the Woods experiences pacing issues in its final act that tend to drag the picture down.  Whilst, “happily ever after” doesn’t exactly apply as one would expect, characters dissatisfied with their fates seek to rectify them as danger looms from a violent female giant threatening the villagers of the woods.  A mild setback but, one that attempts to cram too much into a timeframe that would have benefitted from more breathing room.  Regardless of these mishaps, Into the Woods is a magical journey based on the fairy tales you thought you knew but, tweaked on a grand scale with astounding production detail and exhilarating musical performances.

    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents Into the Woods with a 1080p transfer, bearing a 2.39:1 aspect ratio.  Although, doused in dimly lit, fog-entranced settings, Into the Woods astonishes with inky black levels that reveal no crushing and crystal clear visibility.  Skin tones register naturally and remarkably detailed while, more prominent colors found in Little Red Riding Hood’s cape and Cinderella’s gold gown pop and sparkle magnificently.  In addition, mildly used but, wildly effective, Into the Woods  visual effects sequences light up the screen with zero imperfections on display.  Simply put, Into the Woods casts a perfect spell of a transfer.  Equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix, Into the Woods sings perfect harmonies with exceptional dialogue levels that project with sheer crispness.  Meanwhile, the plentiful musical sequences excite the mix with solid depth and range that will leave viewers enraptured by the powerful sound.  In one of Disney’s more recently packed releases, special features run aplenty including, an Audio Commentary with Director Rob Marshall, Streep Sings Sondheim - “She’ll Be Back” (4:48).  Introduced by Marshall, this newly crafted song was shot for the film but ultimately cut.  Also included, There’s Something About the Woods (13:23), The Cast As Good As Gold (10:10), Deeper Into the Woods, a four-part featurette covering From Stage to Screen (8:33), The Magic of the Woods (7:24), Designing the Woods (7:07) and The Costumes of the Woods (6:53).  Finally, Music & Lyrics allows viewers to jump directly to their favorite songs of the film or watch the entire film with optional lyrics while, Sneak Peeks for Disney Movie Rewards (0:32), Once Upon A Time (0:32), The Lion King Broadway Musical (0:32) and Disney’s Descendants (0:17) are included with a Digital HD Code of the release rounding out the supplemental material.

    Capturing the wondrous and fantastical realms of fairy tales, Into the Woods takes the familiar and delivers an entirely unique, slightly adult-oriented revision of happily ever after.  Richly conceived and supporting one of the most talented ensemble casts put forth in a musical, Disney’s big-screen adaptation does justice to its original production, giving movie audiences an effort well worth venturing into.  In addition, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release is unquestionably perfect with an informative and ample amount of supplements.  Wishing upon a star, Disney enthusiasts and the musically-minded will find magical delight journeying Into the Woods.

    RATING: 4.5/5

    Available today from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Into the Woods can be purchased via DisneyStore.com, Amazon.com and other fine retailers.

  • Prisoner of Paradise (1980) DVD Review

    Prisoner of Paradise (1980)

    Director(s): Bob Chinn & Gail Palmer

    Starring: John Holmes, Seka, Sue Carol, Jade Wong & Elmo Lavino

    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Returning to exotic locales and set against the backdrop of World War II, Director Bob Chinn (Tropic of Desire), along with Harry Mohney (using girlfriend Gail Palmer as a pseudonym), captures John Holmes infiltrating sexually deviant Nazis.  Scanned in 2K from the 35mm negative, the kings of kink, Vinegar Syndrome, proudly present Prisoner of Paradise, where bizarre sex rites reign supreme on an island of sin!

    Prisoner of Paradise stars John Holmes (Johnny Wadd) as American G.I. Joe Murray, marooned on a tropical island following the bombing of his ship.  Discovering a small Nazi outpost and kidnapped American women, Murray is determined to save the day.  Seka (Sunny Days), Sue Carol (The Goodbye Girls), Jade Wong (Oriental Hawaii), Nikki Anderson (The Erotic World of Seka), Brenda Vargo (’11’) and Elmo Lavino (Matinee Idol) co-star.

    MOVIE:

    A blending of Nazisploitation and war epic, Prisoner of Paradise breathes an air of quality above most adult fare.  While, retaining its XXX foundation, Director Bob Chinn chooses to push story and character development ahead of skin.  Re-teaming with his Johnny Wadd leading man, John Holmes stars as G.I. Joe Murray, a WWII soldier grieving over the loss of his girlfriend (Mai Lin, credited as Miko Moto).  After his ship is bombed, Murray is marooned to a tropical island where he survives on coconuts and bathes under waterfalls.  Upon discovering a small Nazi outpost withholding American women, Murray rushes to rescue the damsels from the Furhuer’s clutches.  Holmes is in top form, mustering decent emotion over the loss of his sexy Asian lover while, trying to survive his situation.  Ilsa (Seka) and Greta (Sue Carol) appear as sadistic lesbian Nazis who get their rocks off forcing oral pleasure and sex upon their prisoners.  Overseen by commanding officer Hans (Lavino) and Suke (Wong), a mute Japanese soldier, the American women have little hope for escape after Murray is also taken prisoner.  Impressed with the size of his “gun”, the seductive Nazis force the American scum into salacious activities.  As Greta pleasures herself with a pistol grip, Ilsa, wearing only knee-high leather boots, forces Murray into sex while, threatening him with a luger to not climax in her.  Growing increasingly intoxicated, Hans become voyeur as he then forces a female prisoner to go down on Murray, before eventually copulating.  Cruel whippings and more forced sex follow, diminishing the prisoners hope of survival.  Luckily, Suke develops an uncontrollable attraction to Murray and puts the moves on him.  Reminded of his deceased lover, Murray willingly goes along with the sexual advances, using her trust to his advantage.  Following an intimate session, Murray and his fellow prisoners manage to torch the outpost and escape with their lives.

    Bursting with attractive players and convincing use of wartime stock footage, Prisoner of Paradise takes full advantage of its island location to convey a satisfying story of Nazi imprisonment.  Serving up a scandalous spread of hardcore sequences, Bob Chinn’s big-budget opus places priority on story and production value.  Surprisingly well-acted and genres competently blended, Prisoner of Paradise is a crowning achievement for Chinn that could have easily been reworked as a decent exploitation offering.

    RATING: 4/5

    VIDEO:

    Newly restored in 2K from the 35mm negative and sporting a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, Prisoner of Paradise arrives with light scratches and vertical lines early on.  Skin tones are conveyed accurately with detail nicely picking up Holmes’ essential stache and long fingernails.  Black levels vary, with slightly fuzzy moments during dimly lit, oriental alley sequences and impressing with the Nazis stark black uniforms.  Colors read well with only Lin’s red attire looking a little too striking.  Flakes and specks occur sporadically, with the lush island setting reading well.  Understandably, the included stock footage is far more scratch-ridden than the rest of the film, but far from unwatchable.  

    RATING: 3.5/5

    AUDIO:

    Equipped with a Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono mix, Prisoner of Paradise sounds satisfactory with dialogue coming across well, if not a bit hushed at times.  The film’s soundtrack impresses most with the added boost in volume coming across appropriately.  Explosions and machine gun fire also send a decent bump to the otherwise controlled soundscape.  Minor instances of hiss and pops occur, mostly during reel changes, but nothing worth worrying over.

    RATING: 3.5/5

    EXTRAS:

    • Theatrical Trailer (3:50)

    • Caribbean Films Promos (6:32): Includes California Gigolo, Hot Legs and Prisoner of Paradise.

    RATING: 1.5/5

    OVERALL:

    While, Nazisploitation films may have been on their last legs by 1980, Director Bob Chinn blends the exploitative genre harmoniously as an X-rated war epic.  Adult movie legend, John Holmes delivers a surprising turn as a WWII G.I. with more depth than most would expect.  With a strong visual identity and an early appearance from the uber-sexy, Seka, Prisoner of Paradise entertains as much as it tantalizes.  Continuing the good deed of excavating Chinn’s game changing offerings, Vinegar Syndrome have provided porn enthusiasts with one of his best.

    RATING: 3/5

    Available September 9th, Prisoner of Paradise can be purchased via Vinegar Syndrome and Amazon.com

  • 42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 DVD Review

    42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3
    Director(s): Unknown
    Starring: Annie Sprinkle, John Holmes, Susan Nero, Bobby Astyr and Jamie Gillis
    Released by: Impulse Pictures

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Impulse Pictures wastes no time welcoming viewers back to the dingy underworld of 42nd Street sleaze.  Another round of classic adult loops make up this copious collection of hardcore hijinks.  Re-mastered in high-definition, 42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 is a look back at nasty nudies from the golden era of grime.

    42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 features 15 8mm adult loops from the 1970s and 1980s.  Totaling nearly two hours worth of content, 42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 invites the seediest of voyeurs to saddle up with vintage stag reels featuring Annie Sprinkle, John Holmes, Susan Nero, Bobby Astyr and Jamie Gillis.

    MOVIE(s):
    Whether you were hunting the back of sex magazines or staking claim in one of the many peep show booths located in the country, a vast variety of hardcore stag reels were never in shortage.  42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 continues to award adult entertainment hounds with all the skin it can handle in two hours.  Karen finds a beautiful blonde, presumably the title character, rocking an Andy Warhol’s Bad shirt as her and her lover read up on the art of massaging.  Deep throating eventually turns into manual and doggy-style positioning before concluding with an Elmer’s Glue-like eruption on Karen’s face.  Don’t Splash finds a man, with a supremely 70s stache, and woman trading off oral and finger foreplay before the main event.  The nameless auteurs work is highlighted when a final climax shot is captured in slow-motion.  Classy!  Last Tango in Paris kicks off basic enough with a couple killing time at a poolside bar before some private fun.  Far from shy, the woman loves looking directly into the camera lens as she goes down on John Holmes’ uncircumcised shaft.  Things take an odd turn when Holmes uses butter as a lubricant before entering the backdoor.  Meanwhile, in Uncle Harry a schoolgirl virgin is given a pair of roller skates by her lusting uncle.  Sex ensues but, our virgin has tremendous difficulty placing a condom on her mate before oral play can proceed.  Finally, Uncle Harry of course rises to the occasion with his naughty niece chugging away at the prize that awaits inside.  Love Machines centers on two attractive lesbians getting hot and heavy before one of the girls intensely uses a strap-on, doggy style on her lover.  Shortly after, a buffet commences with salad tossing as the main course.  Other notable reels include Army Bitches, Playgirls (featuring Annie Sprinkle) and Her First Experience with two jailbait looking lesbians getting frisky before one gets basked in a golden shower.  42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 concludes on The Barbarian Girls, an incredibly bizarre and violent reel kicking off with two women wandering aimlessly before arguably, the worst fake hit and run takes place.  The injured female is quickly taken by her Ronald McDonald wig wearing companion to a secluded location to be tortured.  Bound by rope, the victim is whipped repeatedly before a sharp instrument is used on her no-no zone resulting in a bloody mess.  The nightmare seems almost over until the torturer puts her prisoner out of misery by stabbing her to death.  Somber and creepy, The Barbarian Girls is most certainly not for the squeamish.

    42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 does it again, providing former peep show attendees a diverse line-up of salacious material to escape in.  Treading on waters pertaining to straight and lesbian encounters, The Barbarian Girls is certainly the most eccentric of the bunch leaving you more spooked than aroused.  Nonetheless, 42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 does its service of putting these long dormant stag reels back into the laps of the perverts who adore them.
    RATING: 3/5

    VIDEO:
    Remastered in high-definition from original film prints, 42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 is presented full frame sporting a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.  On par with previous volumes in the collection, the reels are loaded with scratches, lines and debris, but still watchable.  Offered with a “play all” option or an individual loop select feature, some reels suffer from more blown out light than others due to the cheap, unprofessional nature of the shooting.  Capturing the sleazy atmosphere you’d expect, these reels don’t look pretty but reek of their bygone period which is welcoming.    
    RATING: 2.5/5

    AUDIO:
    Equipped with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix, 42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 only presents a projector sound effect.
    RATING: -/5

    EXTRAS:

    - Liner notes from Cinema Sewer Publisher, Robin Bougie: Bougie compliments this release with his latest essay, Dear Old Dad.  Bougie touches upon the lengths Americans would go to procure stag reels before the dawn of the internet.  In addition, Bougie discusses finding his own father’s porn stash as a way of “passing the torch”.  A master of sleaze, even Bougie warns viewers of The Barbarian Girls‘ nightmarish nature.     

    RATING: 2/5

    OVERALL:
    42nd Street Forever - The Peep Show Collection Vol. #3 is another fitting entry into the endless world of hardcore stag reels.  Erotically charged and amateurishly shot, these grainy short form sex flicks capture skintastic footage, all in desirable close-ups.  Passionate porn enthusiasts will be delighted to own this retro compilation of steamy cinema from Impulse Pictures.   
    RATING: 3/5

  • Sugar Cookies (1973) Blu-ray Review

    Sugar Cookies (1973)
    Director: Theodore Gershuny
    Starring: Lynn Lowry, Mary Woronov & George Shannon
    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Vinegar Syndrome continues their excavation of the Troma vaults with, according to writer/producer Lloyd Kaufman, “the only adult film to lose money”.  An erotic thriller that is far more artsy than one might expect, Sugar Cookies stars such queens of cult cinema as Lynn Lowry (The Crazies) and Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000).  Restored in 4K, this underrated gem arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever!

    Sugar Cookies opens with the mysterious death of adult film star Alta (Lynn Lowry) while in the company of her wealthy producer Max (George Shannon).  With the assistance of Alta’s manager, Camilla (Mary Woronov), the two begin hunting for a suitable replacement.  Young and naive actress, Julie (Lowry appearing in a dual role), is discovered and slowly groomed into Max and Camilla’s sadistic world until Julie begins fearing for her own life.

    MOVIE:
    Advertised as a sexy lesbian flick, Sugar Cookies attests to be far more than Times Square peep show entertainment.  Interestingly enough, Sugar Cookies feels ahead of its time and shares more in common with the erotic thrillers of the 1980s, popularized by Brian De Palma (Body Double) and Adrian Lyne (9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction).  No doubt taking a very Hitchcockian approach to its material, Sugar Cookies still remains very rooted in its adult-underground environment.  Director Theodore Gershuny (Silent Night, Bloody Night), with the assistance of director of photography Hasse Wallin (in his sole credit as cinematographer), commands the camera with a watchful eye and captures beautiful footage warranting the film its “artsy” label.  Lynn Lowry, in her first starring role, handles the portrayal of two very different characters effortlessly.  The shy, reserved nature of Lowry’s sympathetic Julie makes her downward spiral into the caretakers‘ eccentric world all the more impactful.  The beautiful and commanding presence of Mary Woronov is the real highlight of the film as her seduction of Julie showcases the sweet and wickedly dangerous sides of her sinister character.

    Wonderfully shot and nicely acted, Sugar Cookies delivers its fair share of skin from Lowry and Woronov who obviously impress.  The nudity and sexually-charged scenes never feel forced but instead compliment the story which is refreshing.  Unfortunately, Sugar Cookies slightly derails as time is spent on Gus, nephew of sleazy, sex-producer Max.  Admittedly, some moments with Gus inject genuine humor but his overall appearance, along with his sister, amounts to a wasted subplot that never really goes anywhere.  In addition, while the final act mimics the tense opening scene of a sexual game involving a firearm with shocking results, the film ultimately ends on an abrupt note leaving the viewer with a few questions.  Imperfections aside, Sugar Cookies still manages to deliver one of the most intriguing and artistically sound productions from Lloyd Kaufman who became well renowned for Troma’s more outrageous and goofy output.  A financial flop during its original release, Sugar Cookies seemed ahead of the curve by blending the erotic and thriller genres with mostly successful results.
    RATING: 4/5

    VIDEO:
    Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Sugar Cookies sports a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  Colors are very lush and skin tones, which are best appreciated in close-ups and nude scenes, are relayed quite naturally.  The bright red furniture seen in Camilla’s house also pops exceptionally well.  Minor inherent print damage, in the form of light scratches and flakes, arise but are brief and never intrusive.  Vinegar Syndrome has proved successful yet again with another top-notch transfer.
    RATING: 4.5/5

    AUDIO:
    Equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mix, Sugar Cookies slightly underwhelms.  Music comes across rather loud with little hiss, unfortunately, dialogue tends to be more problematic.  Mostly attributed to the shooting locations, certain scenes find dialogue constantly echoing off walls while, moments of hushed tones certainly require an increase in volume.  That said, the majority of dialogue is still picked up clear and crisp with the pros outweighing the cons.
    RATING: 3.5/5

    EXTRAS:

    - Making Sugar Cookies with Lynn Lowry: Lowry sits down for nearly 14 minutes discussing her original hesitation to join the film based on the amount of nudity required.  Lowry fondly recalls her working relationship with Woronov as a pleasant one and still finds the film quite an accomplishment.

    - Lloyd Kaufman Remembers Sugar Cookies: Available only on the DVD, Kaufman sits down for a lengthy 35-minute interview and delves into a range of topics including growing up and befriending Oliver Stone, who would be credited as a producer on the film.  In addition, Kaufman discusses the financial hardships for the film, casting and much more.  Kaufman’s interview is incredibly informative and is the supplemental highlight of the release.

    - Mary Woronov Interview: Also only found on the DVD is this brief interview with Woronov ported over from Troma’s original DVD release.

    - Theatrical Trailer

    - Alternate Theatrical Trailer: Only on DVD.

    - DVD Copy

    RATING: 4/5

    OVERALL:
    Sugar Cookies stands as a sexually-charged blending of genres that is both dangerous and tantalizing.  Arguably, ahead of its time, Sugar Cookies is far more rewarding than your average X-rated film and possesses genuine style matched with fine tuned performances.  The story makes a few missteps but never diminishes what is considered one of Kaufman’s most artistic looking efforts.  Vinegar Syndrome has done a superb job restoring this often forgotten gem with a near perfect video presentation, an adequate audio mix and a delicious set of supplements.  If you’re hungry for a truly scandalous thriller with a twist of erotica, then take a bite out of Sugar Cookies.
    RATING: 4/5   

  • The Chambermaids (1974) DVD Review

    The Chambermaids (1974)
    Director: Unknown
    Starring: Eric Edwards, Valerie Marron, Mary Stuart & Andrea True
    Released by: Impulse Pictures

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Impulse Pictures continues their crusade of delivering more steamy cinema from adult entertainment’s prime decade.  Cheaply produced and showcasing its battle wounds, The Chambermaids comes newly re-mastered and determined to show just how “thorough” the maids at this particular hotel really are.  

    The Chambermaids centers on two attractive hotel maids, tired of their job and frequently short on cash.  Horny and determined, Mary Ellen and Sally hatch a plan to give guests some generous “room service” for extra money.

    MOVIE:
    A paper-thin plot and a painfully amateurish production sets the stage for this breezy hotel-set sexcapade.  Mary Ellen and Sally are far from shy when jumping in the sack with businessman or other women which leads to no shortage of sultry situations.  The Chambermaids comes packaged with a female three way, plenty of oral pleasure with quintessential 70s bush in extreme close-ups and a sexually engaged man with enough body hair to spare a grizzly bear.  Sadly, the players are not terribly attractive and their wooden performances can be laughably awful.  In addition, the poorly dubbed in moments of ecstasy solidify the bargain dollar production of The Chambermaids.  While, Impulse Pictures did a fine service rescuing this skin flick from extinction, The Chambermaids ultimately suffers from its low standards and bore factor.
    RATING: 1.5/5

    VIDEO:
    Impulse Pictures presents The Chambermaids full-frame sporting a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.  Utilizing a poorly kept theatrical print, The Chambermaids is plagued with every issue imaginable.  Extensive amounts of scratches and lines consume the picture while, colors are inconsistent and appear washed out.  The presentation is far from ideal but, the film is still watchable and maintains a very grindhouse aesthetic.
    RATING: 2/5

    AUDIO:
    Equipped with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix, The Chambermaids sounds unimpressive largely in part to the poorly recorded audio during filming.  Dialogue, what little there is, sounds muffled and difficult to hear at times.  The presumably public-domain music heard during steamy sequences is far from crisp and experience minor dropouts as well.
    RATING: 2/5

    EXTRAS:

    None.

    RATING: -/5

    OVERALL:
    The Chambermaids is a low-budget porn cheapie that leaves you vastly underwhelmed.  The array of performers are not exactly lookers and the less than professional production makes the film a chore to get through at times.  That said, Impulse Pictures should be praised for rescuing such an obscurity at the risk of it not surviving many more years based on its tarnished condition.  Uneventful and lazy, The Chambermaids simply doesn’t deserve a tip for their services.
    RATING: 2/5

  • Jungle Blue (1978) DVD Review

    Jungle Blue (1978)
    Director: Carlos Tobalina
    Starring: Nina Fause, Bill Cable, Carol Bombard, Jose Ferraro, Annette Haven & Chico
    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    The saviors of the sultry and odd, Vinegar Syndrome, welcome another offering from Director Carlos Tobalina (Marilyn and the Senator).  Strange as can be and endlessly erotic, this jungle bound tale reaches new heights of wild entertainment.  Unforgivingly X rated and never before released on video in the US, Jungle Blue has been restored and presented in all its uncut glory for the first time!  Be prepared to go bananas as you head into this hot jungle of pleasure...

    Jungle Blue tells the story of a group of explorers hunting for hidden fortunes in the wild jungles of South America.  Beyond strange and borrowing from various exploitative sub-genres, the sinister group meet a wild man who lives amongst the animals, his horny gorilla companion and a slew of half nude locals in this supremely scandalous piece of adult cinema.

    MOVIE:
    From its colorful poster art of nude women surrounded by a jungle setting and a fondling  gorilla, Jungle Blue makes promises it actually keeps.  Filmed on location in Colombia and Peru, this X rated exploration of the jungle makes the most of its surroundings and captures beautiful jungles and exotic animals.  While, visually gorgeous, Jungle Blue spares no expense in showcasing the more erotic sides of its story.  Following a sinister group of explorers determined to find precious treasure, the attractive team find themselves meeting a Tarzan-esque fellow who is never shy when sexually exploring women.  As Jungle Blue attempts to weave its story line, Tobalina generously cuts to a random, drug-addled group of tourists engaging in an endless orgy for no particular reason other than to tantalize the audience.  Lesbianism, oral pleasure, doggy style and countless moments of climax are all on full display as one hilariously lonely man can only daydream about what he’s witnessing firsthand.  Jungle Blue also offers a gorilla who has no problem obtaining sexual pleasure as easy as bananas.  One can never have enough man in a rubber monkey suit.

    While, Tobalina’s dreadfully overlong Marilyn and the Senator did little to entertain, Jungle Blue packs an incredible amount of sexual fun while also capturing the beautiful exotic locations and local tribes.  Sexy faces combined with a breezy runtime, Jungle Blue is one hot, oddball excursion into the wild you won’t regret visiting.  Any disappointment can be rooted to the lack of more gorilla suit action.
    RATING: 4/5

    VIDEO:
    Scanned in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative, Jungle Blue is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  In short, the film looks remarkably clean and vibrant.  The exotic locations of Peru are captured beautifully while, skin tones and detail look most impressive during close-ups.  The occasional scratches and speckles creep up but nothing that could possibly take away from the overall richness of this absurdly odd piece of X rated madness.
    RATING: 4/5

    AUDIO:
    Equipped with a Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono mix, Jungle Blue sounds quite nice for a film of its caliber.  Dialogue is relayed decently but increasing the volume at times wouldn’t hurt.  In addition, interior scenes are sometimes intruded by loud outdoor noises that can be bothersome at times.  Overall, the film sounds decently and will surely get the job done.
    RATING: 3.5/5

    EXTRAS:

    - Original Theatrical Trailer

    RATING: 1/5

    OVERALL:
    Another round with Director Carlos Tobalina sounded unappealing but interestingly enough, Jungle Blue was a certifiably strange, erotically charged and at times hilarious piece of X rated exploitation.  Tobalina not only knows how to cast attractive performers but managed to film in such beautiful locations that truly enhanced the films quality.  Vinegar Syndrome proves their impressive skills yet again with an uncut presentation of the film that looks lovely.  Special features may be scant, but the absurdity and endless assault of erotica is bound to please fans of the genre and those craving a cocktail of jungle bound exploitation.  
    RATING: 3.5/5

  • Blu-ray/DVD Weekly Wrap-Up #10: Newhart, Escape from Tomorrow, The Demons, Vinegar Syndrome & More!

    This week's installment of the Blu-ray/DVD Weekly Wrap-Up #10 includes:

    - The Jekyll and Hyde Portfolio (1971) / A Clockwork Blue (1972) (0:39)
    Street Date: March 28, 2014
    Vinegar Syndrome: http://vinegarsyndrome.com/

    - Newhart The Complete Third Season (9:25)
    Street Date: April 22, 2014
    Shout! Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/

    - Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series (14:06)
    Street Date: April 29, 2014
    Mill Creek Entertainment: http://www.millcreekent.com/

    - Escape from Tomorrow (2013) (20:37)
    Street Date: April 29, 2014
    Cinedigm: http://www.cinedigm.com/

    - The Demons (1973) (29:25)
    Street Date: April 29, 2014
    Kino Lorber: http://www.kinolorber.com/

    - Farewells/Sneak Peeks (34:20)

  • Marilyn and the Senator (1975) DVD Review

    Marilyn and the Senator (1975)
    Director: Carlos Tobalina
    Starring: William Margold, Nina Fause, Serena, Sharon Thorpe & Dominique St. Clair
    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    A prolific career consisting of over 50 feature films, Director Carlos Tobalina accomplished all this and also found time to own two Los Angeles movie palaces.  Tobalina would craft one of his most eccentric efforts in 1975 with his mistress, Nina Fause (Sexual Insanity, Jungle Blue), co-starring.  Skin, political scandals and more skin, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present Marilyn and the Senator in its full length director’s cut, available for the first time on home video.  Bizarre and humorous, let’s find out just how far this flick swings...

    Marilyn and the Senator stars William Margold as The Senator, a married man who has happily agreed to impregnate a gorgeous CIA agent (Nina Fause).  As the senator lacks the ability to perform, his snoopy wife and colleagues become suspicious of his under the radar engagements resulting in hilarious plot twists and plenty of skin to bear.  The film co-stars Serena, Sharon Thorpe, Dominique St. Clair and John Waters star Liz Renay.

    MOVIE:
    Presented under the title Swinging Senators, Director Carlos Tobalina’s opus kicks off with a series of insightful and humorous quotes from the likes of John F. Kennedy and Tobalina himself.  William Margold (Hollywood She-Wolves) appears as a respected senator in Washington, D.C.  Shortly after arriving in his office, adorned with drug store equivalent portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Margold unloads his morning glory (complimented with humorous fart sounds) as a beautiful woman awaits to see him.  CIA agent Marilyn Right (Nina Fause), expresses her admiration for Margold’s character and her desire to become pregnant.  Right has carefully selected Margold to impregnate her in exchange for $10,000 which being a senator, Margold gladly accepts.  As beautiful as Fause is, her inability to remember lines and lack of energy plagues her performance for the duration of the film. The senator and Agent Right make scheduled rendezvous‘ at the Watergate Hotel as per their agreement.  Beautiful and blonde, Fause is a true knockout that bares her goods on full display.  Hilariously, Margold has a difficult time “going to bat” insisting that Right pleasure him with oral sex which she rejects.  This first instance of skintastic footage takes nearly 30 minutes to occur with less than satisfying results.  Thankfully, no stranger to infidelity, the senator has his regular call girl, Nancy (Sharon Thorpe), make orally pleasing visits and then some.  While, the plot and the majority of the performances are humorous enough, Tobalina’s overambitious 128 minute runtime sacrifices the quality of the film.  

    Margold and Fause tread through the same circles of the senator failing to perform causing the routine to run stale quickly.  The senator’s wife, Mildred (Heather Leigh), grows suspicious of her husband’s lack of affection and witnesses secret footage of his recent conquests.  Oddly enough, Mildred blames herself for her husband’s actions and vows to please him the way he deserves.  Scoring tips from his own call girl, Mildred subjects the senator to an orgy with several other women as well whipping him repeatedly before she’s treated to oral pleasure.  For such a lengthy runtime, the film doesn’t have nearly as much sexual situations as one would imagine.  That said, oral sex, lesbianism and plenty of penetrating close-ups do their best to work some erotic magic.

    Marilyn and the Senator fell short of my expectations due in part to Tobalina’s overlong runtime that drowns the film in endless circles.  Luckily, the players are quite attractive with Fause the shining star of the movie.  Humor is present throughout but runs out of steam as Tobalina recycles far too much material.  Marilyn and the Senator would have benefitted from a much tighter runtime enabling the hijinks and story to play out more smoothly.  
    RATING: 2.5/5

    VIDEO:
    Vinegar Syndrome presents Marilyn and the Senator in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and the film looks remarkable.  Minor instances of faint lines come into frame occasionally but overall, the film looks as clean as can be with colors presented bright and bold.  Detail is nicely relayed in close-ups especially during more erotic scenes.  Another fine job by the sultans of smut!
    RATING: 4/5

    AUDIO:
    Equipped with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix, Marilyn and the Senator is surprisingly quite clear with little to no hiss or pops present.  At times when characters are speaking in hushed tones, audio is still nicely picked up without ever missing a line of dialogue.  The mix does little to blow your speakers but for what’s needed, this is more than sufficient.
    RATING: 3.5/5

    EXTRAS:

    - Audio Commentary with Star & Co-Writer William Margold: Moderated by several folks including Distribpix, Margold provides a very informative and humorous commentary that rivals the actual film itself.  Margold insists that Tobalina was far from a great filmmaker and his loathing for America birthed the idea for Marilyn and the Senator.  The track never bores and provides plenty of great insight.  

    - Original Theatrical Trailer

    RATING: 3/5

    OVERALL:
    While, Marilyn and the Senator disappointed due to Tobalina’s much longer and exhausting cut, it’s still a treat to see that Vinegar Syndrome have preserved his original vision for the first time on home video. The film looks and sounds as pleasing as one would expect with a generous amount of special features for fans of the film.  There’s no denying that Marilyn and the Senator would most likely play stronger with a shorter runtime, but witnessing Tobalina’s original vision should make plenty of adult entertainment fans happy.
    RATING: 3/5  

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    Blu-ray/DVD Weekly Wrap-Up #6: Phantom of the Paradise, Dead Kids, Transformers: Armada & More!

    This week's installment of the Blu-ray/DVD Weekly Wrap-up #6 includes:

    - Phantom of the Paradise (1974) (0:33)
    Street Date: February 24, 2014
    Arrow Video: http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/

    - In Fear (2013) (8:00)
    Street Date: March 11, 2014
    Anchor Bay: http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/Entertainment.aspx

    - Dead Kids (1981) (11:46)
    Street Date: March 11, 2014
    Severin Films: http://www.severin-films.com/

    - Thirst (1979) (16:27)
    Street Date: March 11, 2014
    Severin Films: http://www.severin-films.com/

    - 42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Vol. #1 (21:16)
    Street Date: March 11, 2014
    Impulse Pictures: http://synapse-films.com/category/impulse-pictures/

    - Transformers: Armada The Complete Series (25:27)
    Street Date: March 11, 2014
    Shout! Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/

    - Farewells/Sneak Peeks (30:15)

  • Deep Roots (1978) / Starlet Nights (1978) DVD Review

    Deep Roots (1978) / Starlet Nights (1978)
    Director: Lisa Barr
    Starring: Jesse Chacan, Anita Sands & Liz Renay / Leslie Bovee & Candy Nichols
    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Vinegar Syndrome, the sultans of smut, have officially ushered in 2014 with another double bill of adult pleasuretainment under their new Peekarama banner.  Both films, directed by Joseph Bardo (under the pseudonym of Lisa Barr), involve unique tales of a Native American relocating to Hollywood to sow his oats while, a sexy retelling of Snow White keeps you seated for more scandalous fun.  Scanned in 2K from 35mm archival prints, Vinegar Syndrome continues to raid the vaults treating fans with more bygone executions in adult entertainment.  Let’s find out what awaits in this latest batch of X-rated goodies...

    Deep Roots finds Native American, Billy (Jesse Chacan), leaving his reservation behind to explore the lust capital of Hollywood where he finds himself surrounded by erotic temptation and beautiful women.  In addition, Andy Warhol superstar, Liz Renay (Desperate Living), makes an appearance.  Meanwhile, Starlet Nights performs a sexy retelling of Snow White with evil stepmother, Joyce (Leslie Bovee), attempting to corrupt her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow (Candy Nichols), with the more scandalous side of the Hollywood film industry.

    MOVIE(s):
    Kicking off with our Native American protagonist leaving his reservation in the dust, Billy (Chacan) hightails it to Hollywood on his flashy motorcycle.  It doesn’t take long before Billy befriends big breasted beauty, Joan (Anita Saunds), and the two head to Billy’s pad to get better acquainted.  Learning of Billy’s love for painting, Joan suggests Billy literally paint her nude body.  The two engage in a flirtatious game of foreplay before our uncircumcised Indian dives into steamy sex, covering every position in the book.  A brief scene hinting at Joan’s pending engagement to another man is showcased but never fully explored.  Billy continues his sexual odyssey with another female who begins going down on him before developing virginal nerves.  Billy is understandably frustrated when he exits the apartment and decides to walk a fellow female neighbor home.  Billy humorously speaks his mind and goes on a tangent citing the girl as a “cocktease”.  Luckily, Billy’s cries are heard as the young female neighbor seduces him for yet another successful round of fornication.  Deep Roots is not particularly well acted, leading to many humorous moments and awkward delivery of lines.  Lacking in talent, Deep Roots attempts to make up for in graphic visuals.  Joan, Billy’s first conquest, agitated with her engagement, visits her friend, Liz (Liz Renay), for moral support.  Liz throws on some tunes and urges Joan to join her in a scantily clad burlesque-like dance off.  While, the two never engage each other sexually, the sequence has an air of charm to it.  The climax of the film takes place at a crowded costume party, where “fifty beautiful people” are credited.  Dressed in revealing outfits and a moronic Groucho Marx ratting off jokes to the camera, an energetic orgy takes place amongst the party guests.  Joan wins a raffle prize making her the party’s sexual guinea pig as groups of guests take turns with her.  Plenty of partners are swapped and salads are tossed as this costume ball orgy marks the erotic highlight of the film.  The film concludes with Billy’s only failure, summoning him back to her apartment to finally go all the way.  Once Billy has had enough, he travels back to his reservation where his roots are firmly planted.  Deep Roots makes decent use of its Hollywood setting by capturing footage of the Hollywood sign and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  Although, more vintage footage of this ilk would have been appreciated.  The film is poorly edited and injects badly dubbed dialogue during sex scenes, creating unintended humor.  Deep Roots lacks a decent story and wooden performances from its cast, but if all you desire is highly sexualized scenes of pleasure than Deep Roots may suffice.
    RATING: 2.5/5

    Next up, in the tradition of sexy fairy tale retellings, Starlet Nights conducts its own erotic spin with Snow White.  Leslie Bovee (Lustful Feelings) stars as Joyce, wicked stepmother to Snow (Candy Nichols).  Frustrated with her husband’s fawning over his daughter, Joyce intends on ruining Snow’s virginal reputation.  The film begins with Joyce admiring herself in the mirror as she conducts a solo pleasure session on herself.  Summoning her magic mirror’s human entity and a genie, the trio engage in a wild threesome.  Joyce devises a scheme for Snow to meet her agent about acting, where she will be given a poisonous apple to consume.  Joyce never shies away from thanking those helping with the plan such as her agent’s secretary.  The two ladies decide to have a steamy fling on the boss’s desk because, why not?  While, Snow is being pampered and never eats the apple, Joyce organizes a costume party to take place as a way for her to smooze with prestigious producers.  It may be considered laziness or genuine appreciation but, Director Joseph Bardo (who also executive-produced the bitchin Vicious Lips), seemed to really love capturing groups of people fornicating in ridiculous costumes.  Consisting of familiar faces from Deep Roots, the party quickly turns into yet another sexual romp where Joyce engages in more triple action fun, a man is caught having chains clipped to his junk and Snow debuts herself with a kinky striptease.  Taking a cue from Deep Roots again, Snow quickly becomes the highlight of the party and patrons are taking turns with her.  The producer for the television series Charlie’s Devils (clever, right?) gets it on with Snow and casts her in the role Joyce was gunning for.  As Snow gets her big break and begins filming, she finally eats the apple and presumably dies although, it’s never really made clear.  Joyce catches her own break as the same producer wants her for the lead in Francis Ford Cappuccino’s The Godmother trilogy (notice a pattern here?).  Happily agreeing to the role, Joyce repays the favor by engaging in a sex-fueled romp session with said producer but not before inviting the housekeeper to join in.  Starlet Nights offers some of its own vintage Hollywood footage with shots of a Warner Bros. building and billboards for Roots and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  The film is far more fun and tongue in cheek than its predecessor and possesses more professionalism with a pro like Bovee in the lead.  While, other X-rated fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella offer more entertainment, Starlet Nights packs a decent story with plenty of erotica to make it the superior flick of this package.
    RATING: 3/5

    VIDEO:
    Vinegar Syndrome have scanned both films in 2K from 35mm archival prints and presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  Deep Roots kicks off in relatively rough shape with scratches and lines apparent and an odd pixelation in each shot.  While, the pixelation appears to be inherent in the transfer and not a technical glitch, the less than pleasing effect is distracting.  Colors are presented decently with detail looking most effective in extreme close ups of penetration and oral pleasure.  The second half of the film improves but imperfections are still prevalent throughout.  Starlet Nights is in much better shape with scratches and hiccups in lesser quantities and colors appearing much bolder.  Vinegar Syndrome’s latest Peekarama installment is a mixed bag with generally decent results.
    RATING: 3/5

    AUDIO:
    Both films come equipped with Dolby Digital 2.0 mixes, with varying results.  Deep Roots is plagued with a constant hiss in its track making dialogue a struggle to make out at times.  In addition, audio nearly drops out making a few dialogue moments severely muffled.  These appear to be source related incidents and lack of proper audio handling during filming.  Luckily, Starlet Nights fares much better with a static hiss practically nonexistent and dialogue sounding more robust.  A brief audio drop occurs during a later sex scene which stabilizes quickly.  Certainly, another mixed offering, with Deep Roots borderline disappointing but Starlet Nights more than making up for it.
    RATING: 3/5

    EXTRAS:

    Nothing to see here, folks!

    RATING: -/5

    OVERALL:
    Vinegar Syndrome’s second edition under their Peekarama banner goes down as a mixed offering of erotic selections.  Deep Roots sounded more appealing than it actually was with stiff acting crippling the flick, leaving the steamy sex scenes its only selling point.  Starlet Nights, the scandalous retelling of Snow White, fared much better with a funnier story and comical approaches to the characters.  Leslie Bovee steers the ship like an adult star pro making her the film’s highlight.  Orgy romps, oral pleasure and lesbianism pack all the necessary adult fun to make Starlet Nights the champ of this double bill.  Vinegar Syndrome accomplished the best results they could given the elements they were working from.  While, not stellar treatment, the films have been preserved in much better shape than originally found which is rewarding for all adult film fans. 
    RATING: 3/5 

  • Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers (1985) DVD Review

    Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers (1985)

    Director: Yoshihiro Kawasaki
    Starring: Jun Izumi, Chiaki Kitahara, Yukari Takeshita & Shu Minagawa
    Released by: Impulse Pictures

    Reviewed by Mike Kenny

    Impulse Pictures is back at it, serving up fans of Japanese erotic cinema their 19th helping from the popular Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection.  When a group of horny young nurses all converge at St. Elizabeth Hospital, plenty of naughty habits are bound to arise.  Over the top comedy mixed with tantalizing sex scenes, rewards viewers with a dormitory filled with nurses that exceeds your wildest expectations.  Presented with newly translated English subtitles, Impulse Pictures invites curious patients to an environment where the staff will treat you just right.  If the patient is suffering from Nikkatsu withdrawal, then a serving of Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers might be the remedy you’re seeking.  Let’s find out...

    Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers centers on a group of horny young nurses all looking for love at St. Elizabeth Hospital.  With the arrival and helpful hand of the mysterious Yuki (Jun Izumi), the other nurses sneak their boyfriends into the dorm for nightly sex.  Although, the nurses are kept under the watchful eye of a strict dorm supervisor, Yuki’s influence on them increases as more sexual fun ensues!  Yuki’s past is revealed when Tadao (Shû Minagawa), her former beau, arrives attempting to rekindle their love.  Unfortunately, for Tadao, Yuki has other plans that all converge on a night that involves mistaken identity, absurd disguises, S&M and plenty more!

    MOVIE:
    Nikkatsu pulls no punches when opening their film with a close-up of a young nurse caressing her nipples.  Moaning in enjoyment, the young nurse grabs a vacuum hose in order to pleasure those hard to reach places.  As the viewer is submerged in erotic bliss, the nurse’s dorm supervisor barges in questioning her actions, leaving the audience giggling.  Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers quickly sets the stage with several nurses working at St. Elizabeth Hospital who are at wits end with their horniness.  The arrival of a mysterious new nurse, Yuki (Jun Izumi), encourages the girls to act out on their impulses below the radar of their strict dorm supervisor.  With Yuki’s help, nurses are sneaking their boyfriends into the dorm for hot, nightly sex that translate to a tantalizing experience for the viewer.  Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers manages to convey an erotic tale with steamy scenes in tact, but masquerades it as a humorous sex comedy.  When Yuki’s past is revealed and her ex-lover, Tadao, plans to win her back, Yuki has other ideas.  A night of mistaken identities at the dorm climaxes when horny individuals are entering the wrong rooms and taking up sex with the wrong partners.  In true sex comedy fashion, one of the boyfriend’s is cornered by the strict supervisor only to learn she’s not who she seems.  The young man is swept into her quarters and chained up as a leather-clad S&M session ensues.  Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers lives up to its unique subtitle as a respected doctor gets rather handsy with a fellow nurse and “ throughly examines” her rear.  The film reaches a uproarious high point when Tadao, who has mistaken Yuki with another nurse, is sexually engaged when an unsuspecting vaginal cramp traps Tadao mid thrust.  Hilariously, the entire dormitory rushes to the room, where Yuki, using her nursely expertise, administers her finger into Tadao’s backside to free him.  Who would have guessed?

    Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers accomplished plenty in the erotic department with lesbianism, solo pleasure sessions, group showers and S&M.  But, the hilarious sex comedy energy gave this flick a boost that made it an absolute riot to view.  With a breezy runtime and a groovy soundtrack, Impulse Pictures have served up another fine helping of Nikkatsu erotica blended with madcap hijinks, that goes down as one the most entertaining installments to date.
    RATING: 4/5

    VIDEO:
    Impulse Pictures presents Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers in an anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) transfer that impresses.  Colors are bold with skin tones appearing clear and accurate.  Surprisingly, a film of this ilk, has no scratches or debris intruding which make for a remarkably clean presentation.  Color me caught off guard, Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers looks terrific!
    RATING: 4/5

    AUDIO:
    Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers comes equipped with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Japanese Mono mix.  Dialogue comes through with no interruptions and the music, which packs a nice horn section, delivers a decent bass sound.  This mix definitely gets the job done.  In addition, newly translated removable English subtitles are included.
    RATING: 3.5/5

    EXTRAS:

    - Liner Notes from Japanese Film Scholar Jasper Sharp: Sharp waxes intellectual on the distinctions between pinks films and the Roman Porno releases that Nikkatsu handled.  Sharp educates and informs in these impressive liner notes.

    - Original Theatrical Trailer

    - Reversible cover: While, the film is packaged bearing its censored Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers cover, the reverse utilizes its more risque Assy Fingers subtitle.

    RATING: 3/5

    OVERALL:
    Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers surprised me with its ability to juggle the erotic and tantalizing needs of an adult film while, injecting a hilarious sex comedy spirit of hijinks.  The horny young nurses of St. Elizabeth Hospital have a wild time in the film that will surely please devoted Nikkatsu fans. Impulse Pictures‘ presentation exceeded my expectations with a remarkably clean and colorful transfer, a proper audio mix complimented with nicely prepared English subtitles.  In addition, Impulse Pictures’ inclusion of educated liner notes from Jasper Sharp and a removable cover was a nice touch to an already pleasing package.  Nurse Girl Dorm: Assy Fingers entertains and titillates in all the right ways.
    RATING: 4/5