Monday, May 15, 2017

Vinegar Syndrome Announces Its June 27 Release Calendar Of New DVD And Blu-ray Product Offerings

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Vinegar Syndrome has set four new film restorations for DVD and Blu-ray release on June 27!

Leading the parade is a new 2K restoration of director Al Adamson’s summer of 1978 horror tale, Nurse Sherri, starring Jill Jacobson (The Jigsaw Murders, Bad Georgia Road) as the luckless hospital nurse who becomes demon-possessed for just being in the wrong place at the right time.    

Don’t you just hate it when the universe conspires against you, especially when it has to do with some mumbo jumbo about “bliss that lies beyond the borders of hell!”

This sexploitation/horror tale from Adamson, who delivered such gems in the 1970s as The Naughty Stewardesses, Blazing Stewardesses, Angels' Wild Women and Brain of Blood, fits right in with his winning blend of sex combined with action and/or horror — instead of sexy stewardess or biker chicks, this time it is nurses!

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAs to bonus delights for Nurse Sherri, producer Sam Sherman provides commentary, a pair of featurettes — “Nurses Confessions” and “Then and Now” — and an “exploitation” presentation of the film.

Joining the fun on June 27 is the 2K restoration (from the original 35mm camera negative) of director Joe Sarno’s 1974 adult comedy, A Touch of Genie.   It will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.

During the early 1970s the prevailing legal thought was that if there was some semblance of a plot to the film it would be tougher for local authorities to shut it down.   The breakthrough of Deep Throat in 1972 opened up the adult film world (porn) to the general public, but it was still touch and go legally with respect to the exhibition of films with graphic sexual conduct.   The work-around was having a plot that could be argued as the primary focus of the film and not the gratuitous sex (wink, wink … nod, nod).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Filmmaker Joe Sarno, who worked the full spectrum from sexploitation to hardcore, came up with this comedy spin, A Touch of Genie, where a Jewish nebbish named Melvin (Douglas Stone) comes in possession of a magical lamp (complete with Genie) and uses it to fantasize what it would be like to cavort with real-life porn stars (Tina Russell stars).   It didn’t hurt that I Dream of Jeannie had been a popular comedy show leading up to this period, so exhibiting the film to general audiences was relatively safe.

Bonus features include video sessions with actor Eric Edwards and Sarno biographer Michael Bowen.

On the DVD release front on June 27, Vinegar Syndrome has the next installment in its popular “Peekarama” series, which teams two films (2K restorations from the original 35mm negatives) this time from director Dick Dumont — Pleasure Maze (1986, with Tracy Adams, Stacey Donovan, Amber Lynn and Joanna Storm) and Lovers Lane (also from 1986 and also counting among its cast members Tracy Adams and Stacey Donovan).

Lastly, June 27 marks the DVD release of director Kemal Horulu’s 1983 adult film release of Never Sleep Alone, starring John Leslie and Tina Marie as a married couple whose marriage is on the rocks — flashbacks during court room testimony highlight their numerous indiscretions.

The bonus nugget here is a video session with actress Joanna Storm).

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