W. Sarno Retrospective Series: Moonlighting Wives
(both 1966/Film Movement Blu-ray)/Last
(1978/Cult Epics Blu-ray*)/Magic
Mike's Last Dance
(2023/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)/Night
Of The Iguana
(1964/MGM/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Quiet
Days In Clichy 4K
(1970/Blue Underground 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray/*both MVD)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B- & B/B/B- & C/B/B
Sound: C+/B-/B & C+/B-/B- Extras: C+/B/C/C/B- Films:
Of The Iguana
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
for films trying to deal with human sexuality with an actual
narrative and even some intelligence....
W. Sarno Retrospective Series: Moonlighting Wives
(both 1966) continues the long-term restoration and look at the
independent filmmakers' output of tales with adult situations, nudity
and some pre-XXX-era sexual content. In both films, Tammy LaTour
plays two different women who get into the oldest profession in the
world by also being in 'more respectable ones' (stenography and just
plain writing respectively) with often similar results.
a fan of the last films of his we covered (reviewed by another
writer) and no more impressed by these, I can say I can see how this
was a little more shocking and titillating in its time when sexual
freedom and a sexual revolution was on the upswing. However, not
much here was very memorable, but I give all participating credit for
at least taking the material seriously somewhat and not letting it be
the stupid clown show it would have been in idiotic hands if done
today. Too bad they have not held up and are just not much better.
Now you can see for yourself.
include another solid feature length audio
commentary by film historian Tim Lucas on Moonlighting
plus on-camera interviews with director Joe Sarno (2006) and
cinematographer Jerry Kalogeratos (2007).
more on Sarno in this series, go to this link for more links:
Last Romantic Lover
(1978) was meant to be a change of sorts from the big three films the
director had just made: the original and oft ripped-off megahit
a rare adaption of The
Story Of O
(all reviewed on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site) to be less sexual,
but still have nudity and erotica in it. The title refers to a
contest with often half-naked men (though the film does not get into
gay subtexts or the like) and a very beautiful woman (Dayle Haddon,
looking really good here) getting involved with a male entry, a lion
tamer (Gerard Ismael) from a traveling circus!
fans need not worry as there is only so much circus here, but the
makers try to make a parallel between that and the male beauty
contest, though the guys are very average-looking and the film shows
its age because today, these guys would have been hitting the gym and
taking body enhancers, et al, so think of that aspect as a time
capsule of sorts.
Rey plays the head of the circus, glad his friend is holding his own
the in title competition and the sex is as lite as the nudity.
However, though the film has its moments, its nothing great, but at
least tries to be different and I can see why some people might like
this film. However, it was just not for me and Jaeckin remains one
of the odder directors for me, not quite and auteur, but never too
include a feature length audio commentary track by Jeremy Richey
(Author of the book Sylvia
Kristel: from Emmanuelle to Chabrol,)
separate on-camera interviews (shot in HD) with Director Just Jaeckin
and Lead Actress Dayle Haddon (2022) and trailers for more Cult Epics
Mike's Last Dance
(2023) is allegedly the last film with Channing Tatum loosely
adapting his previous real-life work as a stripper, but despite the
welcome addition of Salma Hayek as a wealthy woman up to no good to
get him, this one just drags on and on and on and is for fans only.
has stayed in shape, so fans cannot complain about that and this does
not get real silly or the like, but the first film to me was
passable, the second a big disappointment and I did not even know
what to expect from that one. Also, it feels like this one took too
long, so there is a sense of dullness and lack of energy to the whole
thing. Thus, it is for fans only, if that.
include Digital Movie Code copy, while
the discs add the featurette: Magic
Mike's New Moves
and a Deleted Scene.
more on the previous Magic
films, find our coverage on them at this link:
Night Of The Iguana
(1964) is based on the Tennessee Williams' play about a former priest
(Richard Burton) in a Mexican town suddenly having to deal with three
very different women who have mutual interest in him and vice versa.
One is a teen flirt, one an artist and one a hotel owner. Can he
handle the situation, will it become explosive and will it destroy a
man who is already having major life issues?
was taking more elaborate risks at the timer this film arrived and
was on the bandwagon to take advantage of the new freedoms slowly
arriving in Hollywood. It kept him more on the cutting edge than
expected, no matter how things worked out (though he still made big
commercial films like The
(1966) and landed up being one of the five director's trying to make
the fiasco that was the spoofy 1967 version of Casino
work) so he was also in an odd hit or miss period.
best in he business still wanted to work with him and Burton, so they
got no less than Ava Gardner, Sue Lyon and Deborah Kerr as the women.
The acting is good and the film has its moments, but I did not buy
it when I first saw it a long time ago and there is still something a
bit off about it. It has aged in odd ways and maybe playing against
censorship and changes made from the play to the movie is an issue,
though that would require a separate essay to analyze.
this is as good as I have ever heard or seen it (see more below) and
those curious have a new chance to take it on.
include two Making Of featurettes: Night
Of The Iguana: Huston's Gamble
The Trail Of The Iguana,
plus Original Theatrical Trailers.
Jorgen Thorsen's Quiet
Days In Clichy 4K
(1970) is the blunt, graphic, honest, no-holds-barred first film
adaption of the Henry Miller book about two young men in Paris having
a wild time with little money, yet plenty of sex, drugs and other
madness. Censored at the time (this was two years before Deep
with all of its English-language film prints sieged by authorities,
it won its court case like so many other such films. Oddly, it was
little seen in the decades since, so it is great it has survived and
done so so well.
Underground is issuing it in this remarkable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
edition (and adding a regular Blu-ray for convenience) for a film
that is a great counterculture touchstone and long overdue for
rediscovery. Be warned that the language, situations, drug use,
nudity and drugs are all over the place, so this is not for some
people, who might actually be taken aback by it.
like the French New Wave Style it sometimes offers and the cast of
unknowns, including Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda, Avi Sagild, Ulla
Lemvich Muller, Susanne Krage and Louise White are impressively
fearless, while other people are just standing by not knowing the
film is even being made. I had heard of this film for a long time
and though I would not consider it a classic, it is a remarkable film
and anyone interested (including 4K fans, see below) should strongly
consider getting a copy.
on the Blu-ray include
Interview with Country Joe McDonald, Dirty
Books, Dirty Movies: Barney Rosset on Henry Miller
interview with Henry Miller's editor and publisher Barney Rosset,
Interview with Barney Rosset, a new Deleted Scene, recovered Original
Theatrical Trailer (both also on the 4K version), new Poster &
Still Gallery, Book Cover Gallery and even new Court Documents!
more on Clichy,
try our coverage of the previous Blu-ray release:
for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.85 X 1, Dolby
Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image on Quiet
looks really good for an independently-produced, low budget film of
its age with fine detail, depth and clarity that is among the best
monochrome films now ever released on home video. Its transfer is up
there with the best 4K movie black and white releases we've seen (and
there are still not enough) including Casablanca
Of The Living Dead 4K,
and Criterion's The
Seventh Seal 4K.
Demo material throughout to say the least and helps dispel the idea
that black and white is 'old film' or somehow dated. It kills the
idea such footage needs colorized or something as totally stupid.
The 1080p regular Blu-ray looks good for what it is, but it is no
match for the 4K here.
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on the Sarno
films (black & white for Fog,
color for Wives)
can show the age of the materials used because these are independent
films with some rough spots, but they still look pretty good and
tends to be better overall with solid color and has survived a bit
1080p 1.66 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Lover
can also show the age of the materials used, but the color is very
consistent and diffusion lenses were used often in the shoot, making
this softer more often per the way it was shot. We get some fine
demo scenes too.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Mike
is an HD shoot and one of the poorest Blu-ray performers here despite
being the newest production and release. It does not even look as
good as the first film and the darkness get repetitive. The
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on the DVD is barely passable
and is, like the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1, here as a convenience at
leaves the 1080p 1.85 X 1 black & white digital High Definition
image transfer on
showing its age a little, but Warner's restoration delivers another
impressive job and this is as good as it will look outside of a
pristine 35mm or maybe 16mm reduction photochemical film print.
for sound, the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Mike
is the sonic champ here by default, well mixed and presented, but not
so shockingly memorable that it will be demo material. The film is
often dialogue-based. Lover
has three soundtracks in a surprisingly
decent DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix that brings out the
best in the original theatrical mono sound, but we also get that
PCM 2.0 Mono form that is a bit lacking and is missing some of the
fine detail and warmth the 5.1 upgrade delivers, then there is the
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that is here maybe for a convenience for
grandfathered systems, but it is easily the weakest o the three.
films are here in PCM 2.0 Stereo, doing what they can to upgrade
their old monophonic, low-budget sound and it cannot hide or get rid
of flaws in the original recordings, but this is a valiant effort and
makes these sound as good as they can.
leaves both Clichy
two monophonic theatrical films, presented here in DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mixes that are also as good as these films
will ever sound and the work to restore them definitely pays off in
order the Warner Archive Night
Of The Iguana
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