Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fanny Hill Meets The Phantom Gunslinger (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray) - The Lighter Side of the Bossom Monster and the Technicolor Deathless

I haven't delved as far as I would have liked into the Russ Meyer catalog. It's not that I'm not intrigued in mind, body and spirit. I am. Mostly body... mostly my libido really. It just seems there's never enough time in the day to get to all the damn movies I need to check out. Fanny Hill was an interesting start into the Meyer world. I'm not sure that it's the best place to begin given his more gratuitous and infamous works, but it's certainly a journey into lighthearted sexual humor with strange plot twists and bad wigs. Vinegar Syndrome gave me an experience with a Russ Meyer film. Let's see what lies on top of Fanny Hill.

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:

Fanny Hill - Set in pre-Victorian London, young Fanny finds herself taken in by a madame at one of the city’s most elite brothels.

The Phantom Gunslinger - When a gang of seven criminals take the town hostage, it’s up to Phil to save the village, or die trying, again and again…


You don't get as much tit as you do tat in Fanny Hill, something that surprised me. Then again we're talking about a movie from 1964, Black and White and perhaps a bit more on the up and up. Plenty of large bossomed women running around creating some humorous moments with straight up physical gags and innuendos that turn into ruckus riots of pre-Victorian ladies in a rather alluring profession. Fanny Hill is a classic tale, adapted for the screen all be it with the perfect 1960's tweaks to make it relevant then and retro-shiek now. The Russ Meyer legacy is well known. There is a cult that surrounds his movies and for good reason. There well crafted tales with sexy ladies that can knock you out with your hands tied behind your back.

The disc is complemented by The Phantom Gunslinger which is a complete over the top western with hints of The Monkees TV show, Blazing Saddles (though Phantom Gunslinger came first) and strange Bonanza like Western themes, clothes and settings. This is not for everyone, but if you've laughed at any of the aforementioned titles, you'll get a kick out of The Phantom Gunslinger. Some brilliant quotes and a bonkers finish that will have you praying for your life and perhaps hoping you go "up there" and not "down there". These are two very different movies, The Phantom Gunslinger is in almost psychedelic Technicolor.

The set comes with one Blu-ray and two DVD's. There's a nice assortment of extras including an interview with film historian Erick Schaefer and "The Zugsmith Connection" that features Ulli Lommell from Fanny Hill. You get both cover art for Fanny Hill and The Phantom Gunslinger.

Note: 1.85:1 ratio. Restored from their original negatives. DTS HD Master Audio.

I was surprised to enjoy The Phantom Gunslinger as much as I did though I was an avid TV watchers as a kid in the fastpaced, sped up action sequence in the styling of the unfab four (that would be the Monkees) hit home. Producer Albert Zugsmith produces some absolutely surreal shit that must be seen to be believed.

Pick up Fanny Hill and The Phantom Gunslinger double feature NOW!

-Doc Terror

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