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Secrets Of A Door To Door Salesman (1973/Network U.K./Region Free/Zero/0/PAL DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Film: C



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Free/Zero/0/PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website address provided at the end of the review or at finer retailers.



In what starts out as a sex comedy with much nudity, Director Joseph McGrath (of the 1967 Casino Royale) and Denis Norden (as Roy Nicholas) wrote the screenplay for Secrets Of A Door-To-Door Salesman (1973), but McGrath did not direct it.  Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs) directed the opening sequence but not the film either, so that was left to Wolf Rilla (the original Village Of The Damned) who handles the racier material with comic flare.  Unfortunately, it eventually becomes like a bad TV sitcom and even a sappy love story, though there is still plenty of nudity and sex to the extent that it will surprise more conservative viewers.


The fact of the matter is, the film is at its best when it has fun with the newly found freedom over sexuality and knows how to run with it.  Unfortunately, it eventually collapses into something like a Carry On film and never totally recovers.  Still, I like the cast including Brendan Price as the often nude title character, but not enough was made of some of the funnier situations making so much a missed opportunity here.  The film is also a time capsule of a better time in the U.K. and U.S. and the various ladies who also turn up nude throughout are funny, look good and give entertaining performances that help save this from its later formula approach.  They are enough to make this indie production worth a look.


The 1.33 X 1 image is a soft matte frame that cuts very nicely into 1.78 X 1 on 16 X 9 widescreen TVs.  The image is too soft throughout, though some shots are purposely diffused (especially when the women are nude, which is a nice plus here) and color is a highlight that is on the consistent side.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also down a generation or two and you should be careful about switching and playback volumes.  The music of the time, including the title song, are funny.  There are no extras, but the ad campaign alone must have been very interesting.



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-   Nicholas Sheffo


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