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A Place Beyond Shame 
Written by: on January 26th, 2017

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1980
Directors: Fred J. Lincoln, Sharon Mitchell
Writers: Dr. Z, Roger Caine, Fred J. Lincoln
Cast: Seka, Lori Blue, Don Fernando, Paul Thomas

DVD Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Approximate Running Time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.48

Synopsis: A woman who has lost her sex drive goes to a psychiatrist who through hypnotism helps her to reconnect with her libido.

A Place Beyond Shame was co-written and co-directed by Fred J. Lincoln (The Last House on the Left). Key collaborators on A Place Beyond Shame include, cinematographer João Fernandes (The Devil in Miss Jones, The Prowler) and co-director / production designer Sharon Mitchell (The Violation of Claudia, Maniac).

This film features a strong premise. Seka in this film portrays a woman who has lost her sex drive. She then goes to visit a psychiatrist who is played by the ever-reliable Paul Thomas who then uses his special technique to cure her. This “special technique” is essentially hypnotizing Seka and having look at an object in the room. And when she looks at said objects, then she has a memory / fantasy that helps her in her recovering.

A few of the scenario’s that are explored in the therapy sessions where Seka’s character has a memory / fantasy include, a former lover who has just married another woman, a couple having sex on top of a motorcycle and an event from the protagonists past involving her mother.

And when it comes to the sex scenes the majority of them have an ample amount of heat. Standout sex scenes include, Seka and Paul Thomas’s sex scene. Other stand out sex scenes include the aforementioned motorcycle fantasy and traumatic moment involving the protagonists mother.

Performance wise the cast are best described as serviceable. With only Seka (Dracula Sucks) and Paul Thomas (Emanuelle around the World) leaving a lasting impression. Seka does a great job fulfilling the role of the star of the film and Paul Thomas once again delivers a delirious performance.

The DVD:

Vinegar Syndrome presents A Place Beyond Shame is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the film’s original 35mm negative. The source used is in very good shape and this transfer is on par with Vinegar Syndrome’s other DVD releases.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono in English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.

Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film.

Overall another strong audio / video presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.

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