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on film is now mostly something that tries to be sex and has become a
joke, celebrated ugliness and dehumanization of actual human contact,
made worse by the technological era we live in. Though only legal
for less than 50 years as of this posting, the erotic image was
always there, being made and when motion picture film arrived,
immediately featured underground films of sex acts. Illegal and
racy, these eventually evolved into loops, which hit their stride in
the 1970s along with what became the XXX industry, though now
ironically you can see the digital video equivalent all over the
internet, often for free or next to nothing. Before then, such
productions finally expanded into feature films on film and what
follows are some of the best known along with a few recent entries
and a few you may not know.
journey to such films included more than a few court cases and one of
them was won by Wim Verstappen's Blue
(1969) from the Nederlands (in Dutch) about a man out of prison (Hugo
Metsers) who immediately has all kinds of women wanting to jump him
as he catches up on lost time behind bars. We find out briefly his
crime is that one of his conquests was not of age (it is never
addressed if this was an accident on his part or not) and he
eventually finds himself getting more and more entangled in a new
world of open sex that has grown in his absence.
of the eroticism here is impressive, a mix of suggestive and graphic,
but not totally hardcore, yet it was explicit enough to land up in
I Am Curious (Yellow)
has and the4 result was another freedom of speech victory that led to
more sex on film, mainstream and otherwise.
interview with director Wim Verstappen (in HD, 1971), separate
Interview with producer Pim de la Parra at the Dutch Sex Wave
festival, Cinematheque Francais (HD, 2018), separate interview with
Hugo Metsers Jr., Paris (HD, 2018), Eye Film Institute - Featurette
(HD, 2018), BLUE MOVIE HD poster and photo video gallery and Original
Scorpio Films theatrical trailers (in HD).
was not long before political an financial circumstances led to a
film with explicit sex that left nothing to the imagination. Gerard
(1972, this is finally the uncut version on home video!!!) becoming
an unexpected event (major name people were arriving in limos to view
it at not so respectable theaters) and other theaters were being
burned down as the FBI investigated some of the criminal origins of
the making of the film. The most profitable 16mm film ever made
(even in the face of the original Texas
the FBI estimates it made $600 Million at the time (short run times,
ultra low budget) so adjusted for inflation, at least a Billion by
today's standards. Linda Lovelace stars as a woman with an odd
sexual/physical problem (the makers used twisted humor to sell the
film, a sense of humor that stayed with the newly formed XXX industry
for decades) as the film has its infamous opening of her getting into
a car amongst a new set of modernist buildings for one of the most
seen series of sexual encounters ever.
as shocking now as it was in 1972, the people don't always look the
cleanest-looking and the sex need not worry about that, but nothing
is held back and some moments that were stupid then remain so, but
like the best (few good) XXX films, it lives up the the expectations
of its name and is one of the few true must-see films of its kind,
imitated and referenced thousands of times in and out of the XXX
industry as it was and still is all the way to the Watergate Scandal.
also helped permanently cement 16mm as a professional film format
that could be made to make profitable and memorable cinema, odd as
that may sound. The film is now odd to see as the late Miss Lovelace
claimed abuse and worse in the 1980s to her death, used as a big part
of the Far Right campaign against XXX films, magazines, books, etc.
include an interview from 2002 where she claims just that, the
non-sexual sequel Deep
(1974, like Linda
Lovelace For President,
trying to make her legitimate and trying too hard to do so) and
trailers for more XXX films.
began a cycle of films about ultra sexy/ultra sexed women, including
a few classics and one of the European successes was Just Jaeklin's
(1974) and one of its only true sequels, Francis Giacobetti's
(1977), both sold on the authentically sexy and remarkable physical
presence of Sylvia Kristel. The makers did not secure the total
rights to the title character's name, so many films were made with
many different actresses, many of which were not even sex films. The
original film is not bad, but has a few dumb moments, while the
sequel is much less necessary and memorable.
Kristel, later turning up in non XXX films, they would be as
forgotten as the many imitators and other films already noted. When
she is not on screen, the films are boring, so she is on as much as
possible. At least consider the first film a must-see.
are no extras.
actually fared a little better a few years later with John D.
(1978) that we have reviewed twice before with the sexy Gloria Annen:
film is another one of those must-see films in the cycle. This
version does not have as many extras as the U.S. Blu-ray, but repeats
some of the older DVDs extras. You
get a clip about the film from the Not
documentary, stills section, original trailer, trailers for other
Umbrella releases, feature length audio commentary by Lamond &
Annen and Confessions
Of An Rated Filmmaker
disc also includes a second film, Tony Paterson's Centerspread
(1981) about crime, modeling and possible murder in a
thriller where the photographer (Paul Trahair) loves to mix sex and
violence, putting him between high society and sleaze. A young,
innocent model (Kylie Foster) is about to get caught in the middle of
this all in this interesting Oz-Ploitation film that just fits here
and has some good moments. It is also worth a look.
include the Behind
featurette, trailer, image gallery, alternate U.K. cut and interview
with producer Greg Lynch.
getting together made up for another cycle and Pim De La Parra's
(1973) is a decent example of this, as Hugo Metsers and Sylvia
Kristel are teamed up from a year before her Emmanuel
debut and after his Blue
was a big hit. It may not be as good as those films, but they have
the sexuality, chemistry and energy, even when the film and its
script do not.
makes it a curio and one worth catching,
especially after seeing the other two films, but it is not bad on its
own. Certainly a key film in the cinema from over there, it needed
to be restor4ed and issued on Blu-ray as it is here and is definitely
worth a look.
include a feature length audio Commentary by Pim de la Parra (2018),
Front & Naked: Sex in Dutch films
(2017) featurette with Willeke van Ammelrooy a.o., Frank & Eva
Poster & Photo Gallery, Sylvia Kristel Film Poster Gallery and
Original Theatrical Trailers
much newer Anne Emonti film
(2018) is itself trying to be the true story of the woman who wrote
the book that inspired the Ken Russell film Whore
about a woman who tells the true story of how she became an exploited
prostitute and then died early. We need to see the Russell film
again, but this one is very average, is not very sexual, was often
not intended to be and tell us not much new about the exploitation
(and retro-exploitation thereof since) of women worldwide.
Mackay is not bad or showy in the title role, but the script and
directing is flat, dull and not very memorable. They are trying, but
never really get anywhere and it just all plays very belated and
have three more films below on the same subjects, but first, the tech
playback on these releases so far...
is pretty much the best any of the older films have looked, but only
(the one new one I'm covering) and the first Emmanuelle
really impress. Despite usually good color, the rest have spots
where they show their age or have other flaws including the 1080p
1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Blue
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Emmanuel
sequel and the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers
on the rest of the films. Thus
the anamorphically enhanced 1.33 X 1 images in the 1.78 X 1 frame on
are weaker still.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mixes on
are the best despite showing the age and budget limitations of the
productions, but the DVDs and Blu-rays of Deep
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) and
Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo) sound much worse and the Blu-rays
have zero excuse not to use lossless sound. Why Nelly
sounds so basic and has some sonic issues is a mystery in itself, but
don't expect much from it sonically.
onto the next and final section of sex films...
unusual and perverted Japanese film directed by Terri Ishii, Orgies
(1969) was no doubt controversial at the time of its making and has
some imagery that will still make audiences cringe.
over 200 nude stars, this tale of cruelty and prevision is a
collection of stories dealing with punishment toward women as the
main theme. Yeah... it's THAT kind of movie. I wouldn't necessarily
'recommend' Orgies of Edo to anyone unless you are watching it
from a filmmaking perspective or are straight up into the weirdest of
the weird. In short, the subject matter is pretty lurid and hard to
sit through at times...
film stars Teruo Yoshida, Toyozo Yamamoto, and Masumi Tachibana to
name a few.
and restored from the original film and audio elements, the film is
presented here in 1080p with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and an
original uncompressed mono PCM Japanese audio track w/optional
Orgies of Ishii - an exclusive, newly filmed interview with
author Patrick Maccias
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new
writing on the film by author Tom Mes.
risque back in the time that they were made, but pretty tame to
today's standards, Film Movement showcases some of the work of
sexploitation auteur Joseph W Sarno in this collection of three of
his films. Confessions
of a Young American Housewife
in the Suburbs
(1964), and Warm
Nights Hot Pleasures
(1964) in the Joseph
W. Sarno Retrospect Series.
in the Suburbs - A housewife (Audrey Campbell) ends up
having an affair and joins a sex club... only to make a shocking
of a Young American Housewife - The one with the most nudity of
the bunch, Confessions is made ten years later than the other two and
obviously chose to be a bit more daring. The story of two couples
who end up 'sharing' each other, of course problems stem from there.
Nights and Hot Pleasures - The story of 3 college girls who move
to NYC in hope of being Broadway stars but instead get lured into the
city's sexual underbelly.
films have been remastered in 2K from their original film elements
into one 1080p high definition Blu-ray, but some films on the disc
that are certainly in better condition than others. All three have a
widescreen aspect ratios of 1.78:1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo sound mixes.
Considering their age and condition, this is likely the best shape
these films can be presented in.
most of Warm Nights Hot Pleasures (which has never been
released on any format until now) has scratches down the center of
the screen and signs of print damage and film noise. Granted, it
kind of works for a sleazy old movie such as this, but should still
be noted. Sin in the Suburbs is a bit better looking on disc,
but still has plenty of scratches and emulsions that pop in and out
of the image. Again, considering the types of films these are this
presentation suits it fine.
in the Suburbs featurette
by Tim Lucas
by Joe and Peggy Sarno, Michael Vraney, and Frank Henenlotter
Insert Booklet with linear notes by Tim Lucas and production stills
Deleted Scenes from Confessions of a Young American Housewife.
you enjoy sexy movies about swinging and group sex then Swung
(2015) may be worth you checking out. The film centers around a man
whose having trouble in the bedroom and his wife (Anaya) and he try
every solution that they can think of... but when they try swinging
it seems to finally work out for them. Of course when such things
happen, things tend to be a bit messy when the sexually deprived wife
ends up taking things too far with new lovers... you can see where
this is going.
stars Elena Anaya, Owen McDonnell, Allison McKenzie, Elizabeth
McGovern, and Sarah McCardie.
in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphic widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.35:1 and lossy audio mixes in both 5.1 and 2.0 the film
looks and sounds fine for the format. The film is nicely shot and
has decent production design surprisingly.
is what you'd expect from a movie with its premise and is likely a
film you would see on a late night premium channel...
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