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Video Vixens (1975/Troma)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C     Film: C+



Ronald Sullivan aka Henri Pachard had been a producer on the wildly successful counterculture comedy Putney Swope.  Like Woody Allen’s Take The Money & Run (1969), the film has a loose narrative at best ands is really a showcase for comic skits and vignettes.  Sullivan/Pachard decided to try to pull off such a film with the self-X-rated Video Vixens from 1975.  Featuring enough frontal nudity from both genders, sexuality and sexual situations to get it a hard R (no pun intended) or NC-17 (especially lately), the film has sex producers hijacking a TV station.


Film fans will notice Robyn Hilton from Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles and Terri Jones from Flesh Gordon (both reviewed elsewhere on this site) in some of the skits and unknowns for the most part in others.   At the time, when there was only the occasional closed circuit TV and big three networks, this was likely funnier.  With cable TV and a much cruder society via The Internet and literally hundreds of cable/satellite choices, the film is a time capsule.  It is at its worse when it tries to be Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, but best when it reflects the dark humor of the counterculture when it comes to sex and commercialism.


Brian De Palma had done some of this kind of thing early on and with the soundbyte so common, that might give newer audiences a “big deal” shrug, but Video Vixens also is an unintended of the XXX cycle of the 1970s (often associated with Paul W.S. Anderson’s Boogie Nights) without being a fictional drama or actual XXX hardcore film.  Some moments are even embarrassing, but when done in a context that just about everything is open (outside of the most personal information and right to privacy that is suddenly at issue for no good reason) about sex and like relations are there, some of the awkwardness makes some more sense.  That is why this film is worth a look.


The 1.33 X 1 image is soft and looks like an older transfer, typical of independent and XXX films of the time, but it will be interesting to finally see one of these cleaned up and fixed up as HD approaches.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also aged on the film, while loud and a bit shrill on the extras, which include the usual Troma propaganda, like intros and clips from other recent Troma product.  Only the original trailer and clip from The First Turn-On have subtler sound.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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