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5 Films 5 Years Volume #2: Flesh and Bullets – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 27th, 2018

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1985
Director: Carlos Tobalina
Writer: Carlos Tobalina
Cast: Colleen Brennan, Mari Cartel, Mike Cartel, Yvonne De Carlo, Aldo Ray, Cesar Romero, Cornel Wilde, Robert Z’Dar

BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98

Flesh and Bullets was written and directed Carlos Tobalina (Jungle Blue), a prolific adult filmmaker whose career spanned three decades.

Synopsis: Two husbands who are drowning in alimony meet by chance and decide that killing each other’s wives is the only way to solve their financial problems.

Content wise, this film can be best summed up as an underwhelming retooling of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.

And though the premise does offer a strong foundation from which the film could have built upon. The evolution of the scheme and this film’s ultimate outcome are a major let down.

As mentioned before this is Carlos Tobalina’s one and only foray outside of hardcore XXX cinema and his idea of softcore cinema is limited to a few brief glimpses of T&A. Other area where this film is lacking are the dry performances from the cast. And last but most definitely not the least, is this film’s lethargic pacing.

The BluRay:

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Vinegar Syndrome are releasing limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collections, that have five films that they had previously released only on DVD.

The five films are spread over two 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray’s. All of the films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen and all of the film’s have been scanned and restored in 2k from various film elements.

The source used for Flesh and Bullets is in very good shape, colors look accurate, details look crisp, black levels remain strong throughout and grain remains intact.

There are no issues with distortion or background noise, dialog is clear enough to follow and everything sounds balanced. And English SDH subtitles have been included for this film.

Disc A (44.1 GB), contains the following films, The Muthers and Murder on the Emerald Seas.

Disc B (44.6 GB), contains the following films, The Dungeon of Harrow, The Hangup and Flesh and Bullets.

The focus of this release are the films and this film’s trailer has not been ported over from its previous DVD release.

Overall another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

Note: This set is limited to 2,500 units.

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