Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sex World (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray) - The Future is Fuck

So it’s like Fantasy Island, add sex, subtract midget, no plane, add bus flashback segment and more hi-tech. That’s Sex World. On the heels of Oriental Baby Sitter, Expectations and Confessions came Anthony Spinelli’s most beautiful, truly narrative piece of adult cinema. While his previous endeavors were primary fuck driven, Sex World plays on a common theme of the day, “the world” ie Westworld and Futureworld. Released in the 70’s these two movies feature what might amount to a dystopian theme parks where the fun goes to funeral rapidly. Of course by the time we get to Sex World in 1978, the focus is clearly fun and only limited by our imagination. Vinegar Syndrome continues to deliver beautiful smut into the year 2015 though I caution you, this is much more than meets the brown eye.

Sex World does not watch like a dystyopian, cautionary tale but rather as a hopeful story; you will find the satisfaction you desire in Sex World. Your sexual demands will be met. Your fetish exposed. It’s a world of healing (sexual healing). While much of the movie plays out like a fuck by numbers approach with a tech, dream fulfillment tint, the truly inspiring moments of Sex World occur in the pictures opening. As the feature divulges a clear backstory for each character complete with sexual frustration or longing, real actors are exposed beyond their physical attributes. The foreshadowing is emotive and passionate. Perhaps the greatest achievement of a movie like Sex World is keeping the whole thing fun and exciting while relaying some of the most carnalistically frustrating moments of the 70’s.

Balanced with tongue in cheek performances and a smooth, funky score that almost plays like a James Bond theme, Sex World is really an amalgam of attributes from 70’s sex cinema and popular Hollywood tropes put together in a way that could appeal to a wide audience and not just the degenerate audiences in trench coats on 42nd Street. There are moments that deal with rough sex, the breaking of traditional sexual roles as well as a lengthy, oneliner filled discussion of racial division that borderlines on some of the work that was important during the evolution of Blaxploitation. It has that style that the industry would gradually abandon and that even the talented Spinelli would give up as he went into his later work in the gang bang series. Perhaps the most tantalizing piece of street cred you can give to Sex World comes in its tag line:

“Westworld” was for children, “Futureworld” was for teenagers, but … Sex World is definitely for ADULTS!

This is a limited Blu-ray/DVD/CD release restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative. Of course it looks beautiful which is characteristic for a Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray. The real treat here besides the reversible Italian cover art is the inclusion of the soundtrack on CD. The soundtrack is to Sex World is truly memorable and enjoyable, especially on that long, unsexual commute to the office. With a release price under $30, the CD is a freebie steal. Of course the DVD includes a softcore cut… if you need to tone it down some. The disc also includes not one but two theatrical trailers, interviews with Kay Parker, Joey Silvera and Still Photographer Joel Sussman.

Sure the sex is satisfying and perfectly 70’s but so is the story. Each year when I run through my favorite Blu-rays of the year, Vinegar Syndrome makes the grade. This year is promising to be no exception and Sex World continues the trend with its film grain longitude and its rich contrast latitude. Science Fiction? Nope. Science Fuck-tion!

You can order Sex World now. Only 1,500 available (and there will be a DVD release later this year).

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From Vinegar Syndrome:

Sex World is a luxury resort, advertised as the ultimate sex-themed getaway, where people travel to try and overcome their sexual problems. As the resort’s guests slowly become aware of their inhibitions, fears, and repressed urges, with the help of robotic surrogate lovers, director Anthony Spinelli’s camera paints a haunting picture of human insecurities set against a science fiction backdrop.

One of the biggest hardcore hits of the late 1970’s SEX WORLD is a thoughtful analysis of eroticism, punctuated with striking and at times abstract visuals. Featuring an all-star cast, including Annette Haven, Leslie Bovee, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Joey Silvera, and with Hollywood level production values, SEX WORLD remains one of the most significant and thought provoking hardcore feature films ever produced.

Features Include:

+ 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD Package | Region Free | 1.85:1 OAR | DTS-HD Master Audio
+ Restored in 4k from 35mm camera negative
+ Video Interview with Actress Kay Parker
+ Video Interview with Actor Joey Silvera
+ Video Interview with Still Photographer Joel Sussman
+ Two Theatrical Trailers
+ Alternate Soft Cut (dvd only)
+ Soundtrack CD
+ Reversible Cover w/ Italian Artwork

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