SEXWORLD (1978) Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo
Director: Anthony Spinelli
Vinegar Syndrome

"WESTWORLD was for children, FUTUREWORLD was for teenagers, but... SEXWORLD is definitely for ADULTS" and Vinegar Syndrome gives stellar treatment on Limited Edition Blu-ray/combo that only adults can appreciate!

SexWorld is a high-tech resort where guests can leave their inhibitions behind and enjoy realize their deepest, darkest sexual desires without shame thanks to the unlimited resources of its knowledgeable staff. Seemingly happy couple Joan (Leslie Bovee, LUSTFUL FEELINGS) and Jerry (Kent Hall, SPIRIT OF SEVENTY SEX) are both concealing fantasies from one another – she a lust for her neighbor Marion (Abigail Clayton, MANIAC) and he a threesome with roommates Linda (Amber Hunt of Spinelli's CRY FOR CINDY) and Jo (Carol Tong, HER LAST FLING) – and there may be nothing left of their relationships if they realize them. Millicent (Kay Parker, DRACULA SUCKS) longs to be ravished by a man "with balls" but timid husband Ralph (Spinelli favorite Jack Wright, EASY) cannot even get it up without a little encouragement from "mommy". Fortunately, Phil (Joey Silvera, OUI GIRLS) is on-call to smack Millicent around (actually chipping the actress' tooth in a bit of mistiming) while nurturing Ann (Maureen Spring, THE LEGEND OF LADY BLUE) puts some starch in Ralph's pants.

SexWorld's technicians divine that bigoted bachelor Roger (John Leslie, ORIENTAL HAWAII) needs to be taken down a peg, so they hook him up with foxy mama Jill (Desiree West, TAPESTRY OF PASSION). After her girlfriend of five years (EXPECTATIONS' Chris Cassidy) coldly walks out on her, enigmatic Dale (Annette Haven, DEEP TANGO) decides to try the company of a young man ("Latin type" Robert Ramos). Lisa (BABY ROSEMARY's Sharon Thorpe) can no longer rely on phone sex and XXX-rated films to dull the loneliness. Although she wants someone to notice her and be kind to her, she rebuffs a soft-spoken fellow guest (Jack Freeman) in favor of reenacting an interracial encounter from BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR with that film's Johnnie Keyes (or a reasonable facsimile). Some leave SexWorld sated and anticipating adventure in the real world while others find themselves undone by the realization of their desires.

One of Anthony Spinelli's – and indeed 1970s porn's – most well-regarded titles, SEXWORLD boasts an attractive and talented cast, superb production values and set design, slick photography, a memorable soundtrack (although Berry Lipman's theme song actually comes from the 1976 British/German TV series STAR MAIDENS), and hot sex. That Spinelli crosscuts between various encounters rather than monotonously depicting one after the other suggests that the film geared towards enticing and arousing its audience – presumably aiming for both male and female viewers – rather than just getting them off. There is also a greater emphasis on performance, with Bovee, Haven, Parker, Thorpe (touchingly brittle turn compared to her bland turns in Carlos Tobalina's CARNAL HAVEN or her over-the-top villainy in TAPESTRY OF PASSION), and Spinelli's character actor Wright giving sensitive turns while Leslie and West provide the comic relief set-piece (with some other non-sexual supporting performers providing a couple laughs as they convey their desires SexWorld's counsellors). The science fiction angle of models WESTWORLD and FUTUREWORLD is not absent, but downplayed to the extent that the expected reveal happens just before the ending fade out (seemingly only existing to justify the poster's tagline). Although he does not appear in the film, prolific porn star John Seeman (HONEY BUNS) is credited as "casting consultant".

Limited to 1,500 copies, Vinegar Syndrome's fourth limited edition (following THE JEKYLL & HYDE PORTFOLIO/A CLOCKWORK BLUE, RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE, and PRETTY PEACHES) includes a Blu-ray, standard definition DVD, and soundtrack CD (the company's second following their combo of GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF). The 4K-mastered 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 transfer from the original camera negative is nothing short of exquisite with bold colors, defined fine patterns, crisp detail (dig Jack Wright's hair), and only some additional grain in shadows as the only blemishes (which are nevertheless true to the source). The DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono track is clean with clear rendering of the dialogue and the score under a little hiss. It's becoming a bit of cliché to say that the latest Vinegar Syndrome release may be their best-looking to date, but SEXWORLD may be their best-looking Blu-ray to date (or at least on-par with RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE and SUGAR COOKIES).

Extras include three new interviews. Kay Parker (16:09) recalls how Sam Weston (aka Anthony Spinelli) – who she describes as the "Hitchcock of Porn" – told her she would be great for the film but also advised her to think consider whether she actually wanted to do porn. She recalls the director's professionalism (and his pre-porn Cannes award-winning film about an interracial relationship that could not secure US distribution), working with Silvera, and her friendship with Haven. She also mentions that Wright was a legitimate actor whose claim to fame was a one-man-show about JFK (makes sense, actually). She also hints at more interesting details of her porn career in her recent autobiography. Joey Silvera (6:42) is a bit fuzzier overall on details of the film but recalls how it was Spinelli's friendship and patience with him that got him work on a number of the director's films since he was bad at rehearsal and remembering his lines. Still photographer Joel Sussman (4:37) recalls his beginnings in photographic softcore productions and the move to hardcore (he was hired by the distributors rather than the producers and paid well since his coverage guaranteed exposure in certain magazines internationally) before going on to children's television after having a daughter.

The disc also includes the film's theatrical Trailer (4:13) and teaser trailer (1:10) – narrated by Spinelli – and the DVD reproduces the feature and all of the extras in standard definition with an exclusive addition. The DVD contains both the hardcore version (90:27) and an alternate softcore cut (88:42) which cuts away some of the hardcore shots while replacing others with alternate takes (including alternate climactic shots and closing shots). The sound has a bit more hiss, some shots have an orange tinge while detail is not always as distinct in shots with more saturated lighting compared to the hardcore version (although even the hardcore version in SD is a step-down from the Blu-ray encode). The variant is sufficiently interesting that one is thankful Vinegar Syndrome spent a bit more to include it. The CD soundtrack feature's sixteen unlabeled tracks (46:51) including the title song and the porn-tastic six-and-a-half-minute instrumental underscoring Thorpe's "climactic" sex scene. The cover is reversible and features alternate artwork in the same style as seen on the front. (Eric Cotenas)