First it was Dolemite from Vinegar Syndrome in April, and then it was Human Tornado at the end of May. Next came the news about Petey Wheatstraw being restored and ready to rip as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on July 26. Wow, three-for-three for screen legend Rudy Ray Moore!
So what could be better than the aforementioned Rudy Ray Moore trifecta? How about a Rudy Ray Moore four-film parlay!!!
That’s what Vinegar Syndrome has in store for fans on Aug. 30 with a new 2K restoration of writer/director J. Robert Wagoner’s 1979 Blaxploitation film, Disco Godfather. This last great Blaxploitation entry from the cycle that began in the early ‘70s is being restored from the thought-to-be-lost 35mm original film negative.
Bonus nuggets include a commentary track featuring Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray, Rudy Ray Moore, writer/director J. Robert Wagoner and co-writer Cliff Roquemore, part IV of “I, Dolemite” documentary an extensive still and promotional gallery.
Also getting a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack release on Aug. 30 is writer/director Mardi Rustam's 1985 sci-fi film erotica, Evils of the Night, which includes a cast that includes porn stars Amber Lynn and Jerry Butler, plus such screen legends as John Carradine, Julie Newmar, Aldo Ray, Neville Brand and Gilligan’s Island very own Ginger, Tina Louise.
OK, let’s all agree that Evils of the Night is not Alien, or Aliens, or even, dare we say, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, but any film that has John Carradine, Julie Newmar and Tina Louise as alien invaders and Aldo Ray and Neville Brand as their loyal servants — their day job is that of auto mechanics — who are charged with abducting beautiful teenage girls so that they can be drained of their blood is a damn good film!
Bonus goodies include a video session with filmmaker Mardi Rustam that is titled “Alien Blood Transfusion,” 25-minutes worth of outtakes, and two alternate viewing options — a television edit (some the steamy sex scenes just had to go) and a work-in-progress theatrical presentation.
With these two releases — Rudy Ray Moore’ Disco Godfather and the sci-fi classics, Evils of the Night — Vinegar Syndrome could call it a wrap and take victory lap. But wait! There’s more!
Aug. 30 also sees a new 2K restoration (from original 35mm vault elements) of director Kirdy Stevens’ 1980 adult film classic, Taboo. This film is from the golden era of adult cinema (when they were shot on 35mm — see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights for an understanding of this period).
Kay Parker stars as a frustrated housewife whose husband bails on her … and the swinger sexcapades that her friends offer her for fulfillment are not to her liking. But there is something — a forbidden something — closer to home that does spark her interest.
Bonus features include two newly-prepared commentary options — one with Kay Parker and one featuring writer/producer Helene Terrie. There are also two vintage commentary options, one featuring Kay Parker and the other teaming director Kirdy Stevens and Helene Terrie, and a vintage video session featuring the film’s star, Kay Parker.
Rounding the Aug. 30 selections from Vinegar Syndrome are two new DVD releases. These are: Director Anthony Spinelli’s 1972 adult film, Sex in the Comics (a new 2K restoration from film vault elements) — which features the 1975 film release of Sextoons and The Funky World of Adult Cartoons as bonus features — and the next installment in Vinegar Syndrome’s popular “Peekarama” double-feature library, Peekarama: Body Girls and Let’s Get Physical (both are new 2K restorations from the original 35mm film prints).