Tuesday, September 12, 2017

RED ROSES OF PASSION - Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray Review

Directed By: Joe Sarno
Written By: Joe Sarno
Starring: Patricia McNair, Judson Todd, Jean James
Black & White/80 Minutes/Not Rated
Region FREE
Release date: August 29, 2017
Limited Edition: 2,000

The Film
Joe Sarno spent his career making erotic films from sexploitation to soft and hard pornos. RED ROSES OF PASSION is nudie cutie with a bit of an exploitive edge. Carla (Patricia McNair) lives with her aunt and cousin who have a conservative point of view on sex and look down on Carla for her more adventurous sexcapades and one night stands. One of Carla's friends invites her to a meeting of The Cult Of Pan, a sexually driven group digging into the occult. Shortly after the cult gets their hands on Carla's aunt and cousin and turn them into lustful creatures with a desire for sex that can't be satisfied.

RED ROSES OF PASSION is sexay! From start to finish it follows around a handful of attractive women in various states of undress, commonly in totally sheer lingerie or nude while the buff manslave of the cult rubs them down with the carnal roses that drives women to sexual euphoria. At only 80 minutes these scenes don't overstay their welcome, especially as we watch Carla drive her prude relatives to the brink of insanity and force them to catfight each other over who is going to get the delivery man and his roses for the evening.

Patricia McNair is a strong lead in this, both beautiful and strong, giving us enough of both so that her character is completely believable. It's said that this is one of a handful of "supernatural" themed films from Joe Sarno and while there is a slight touch of it with the cult and and their roses, it's barely there. It doesn't really make much of a difference either way. If it is supernaturally themed then that's another dimension the film takes on, but even if it's just nonsense and there's really no intention on any supernatural motives or themes in the film it is still sexy as hell. And that's the important thing here.

The Audio & Video
The new 2K scan of the original 35mm camera negative looks gorgeous. Vinegar Syndrome's anamorphic widescreen transfer is crystal clear with deep blacks levels in the stark black and white photography. Detail level is great from fleshy skin tones to the lacy lingerie. The DTS-HDMA mono audio mix is just about perfect. There's no damage or distortions and the mix is crisp and free of background noise. The score perfectly blends with the dialogue. English SDH subtitles are available.

The Extras
The lone extra is a 20 minute video interview with Joe Sarno historian Michael Bowen.

The Bottom Line
Fans of Joe Sarno or sexploitation fans in general will definitely want to add this one to their collection.


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