NOW AVAILABLE! FILM MOVEMENT CLASSICS RELEASES TWO NEW HD RESTORATIONS FROM THE VAULTS OF JOE SARNO, ONE OF THE LEGENDARY PIONEERS OF CELLULOID EROTICA
ALL THE SINS OF SODOM & VIBRATIONS
New 2K Theatrical Masters Were Created for Each Film, Packaged Together and on Blu-ray for the Very First Time; Exclusive Bonus Features Include a Sarno Interview, Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas and Peggy Steffans-Sarno and More!
Review: I have mixed emotions on this new dual release of classic Sarno. The restoration was just not as crisp as I hoped. But at the same time the grainy and dark textures are nostalgic. For example think of The Beatles White Album. The CD version might be considered “better” but the cracks and pops of the original vinyl just seems more “right”. In both of these releases I felt out of touch with the vision.
The packaging and extras are a game saver though. Bonus features are a plus and the exclusive ones contained here are in some ways better than the films they represent. As far as film content? Film making has come a long way and most audiences have seen it all; so to speak. So these probably do not pack the punch that they did when originally released. Erotica has lost a lot over the years and rewatching these sometimes felt, man I hate to say it, boring. Sarno was a pioneer and if you focus on that and what he was doing at the time you can appreciate that more than the product.
Collectors of film history should own this even if they never watch it. Does that make sense? Most film buffs have probably already labeled me as insane and I understand. I have been watching too many Marvel films to be a good judge anymore. Sigh.
SYNOPSES: ALL THE SINS OF SODOM (87 minutes) has been hailed as “one of Sarno’s most captivating films” (Video Watchdog) and the sexploitation auteur is at the top of his game in this penetrating study of ambition, romance and lust set inside the world of fashion photography. Encouraged by his agent, Henning, a struggling New York City photographer, begins a daring portfolio of his model, Leslie. But all too soon, jealousies erupt when another model vies for his camera and bed in this elegantly filmed time capsule of late ’60s New York.
In VIBRATIONS (75 minutes), aspiring writer Barbara moves to Manhattan to jump-start her career and sex life, but ends up typing manuscripts. Alone at night, she listens to the sound of her sexy neighbor as she entertains herself and her friends with the aid of her vibrator. When her extroverted sister, Julie, comes to town, Barbara is forced to confront her repressed sexual desires. One of Sarno’s early classics, VIBRATIONS is “classy and sophisticated, beautifully shot…filled with wonderful performances and as sexy as hell” (DVD Drive-In)
BONUS FEATURES: ALL THE SINS OF SODOM / VIBRATIONS
Interview with Joseph Sarno
Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas and Joe’s wife, Peggy Steffans-Sarno
Booklet featuring liner notes from Tim Lucas
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