Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CHINA & SILK (#VinegarSyndrome Blu-ray) - The Case of the Unfortunate Fortune Cookies

Steve Scott has directed a number of strong adult features, and China & Silk truly stands out due to its production value, star power and action sequences that draw from the time in which it was made. You've got Harry Reems, Kristara Barrington and Ginger Lynn taking center stage in this picture made in 1984. It actually looks slightly older than that having been shot on 16mm film and with it's attention on storytelling and actual cinematic elements as opposed to shooting sex scene in a room. Even movies of the golden age of porn short change sets, focusing on beds no matter how luxurious. The sets seem to go a bit farther in this one.

Vinegar Syndrome offers both a Blu-ray and DVD on this release with TWO separate commentary tracks. No other extras, but I'm impressed that we were given options on the commentary side. It's a rarity to get a porn with one commentary track must less two. The transfer of the 16mm film looks good though you can tell it was blown up by the film grain. It's not bad mind you, but if you notice it, that's the reason why especially in low light conditions. The grain tends to really pop. The colors look vivid and black levels good. It also has reversible artwork!

The story seems to follow many 80's action/vice tropes which is just brilliant. The picture spends some time on the action sequences and not just the sex scenes. Scott does a fine job at getting the closeups, clear and from the proper angle, actually getting the proverbial money shot. Harry Reems always puts an element of comedy into his performances no matter how serious. He's a pleasure to have on screen. Ginger Lynn, as many of Doc Terror's readers will know, is a favorite of mine. She gives an excellent performance.

Keep an eye out for that pristine Dr. Pepper vending machine. It's a classic and beautiful.

You can order your copy for Vinegar Syndrome now:

From Vinegar Syndrome:

Lt. Harry Parker (Harry Reems) has just landed the role of lead investigator in a major dope smuggling case. It seems that Lily Chang (Kristara Barrington) has been importing heroine hidden inside fortune cookies, right under the nose of the law. Assigned to stake her out are two top undercover detectives (Ginger Lynn and Herschel Savage), but when fellow detective Mike Shaw (Paul Thomas) is killed by one of Chang’s hoods, Parker makes it his mission to put an end to her crime spree once and for all…

Director Steve Scott’s (TRASHY LADY) erotic action thriller features an all-star cast, top production values, and a suspense filled screenplay that will leave you guessing until the final twist. Never officially released on DVD, Vinegar Syndrome presents this forgotten classic newly restored from its original 16mm camera negative and on Blu-ray for the first time.

Directed by: Steve Scott
1984 / 88 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Actors: Kristara Barrington, Ginger Lynn, Harry Reems, Paul Thomas, Herschel Savage, Colleen Brennan

Features Include:
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm original negative
• Commentary track with cinematographer Tom Howard, moderated by filmmaker David McCabe
• Commentary track with actor Herschel Savage and XRCO co-founder, Bill Margold
• Reversible cover artwork

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