Written by: Cliff Wood on July 8th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1974
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Writers: Joseph W. Sarno, Jason Russell
Cast: Chris Jordan, Douglas Stone, Tina Russell, Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, Ultramax, Harding Harrison, Levi Richards, Eric Edwards, Fred J. Lincoln
BluRay released: June 27th, 2017
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
A Touch of Genie was directed by Joseph W. Sarno whose other notable films include, All the Sins of Sodom, Sin in the Suburbs, Flesh and Lace, Inga, Vampire Ecstasy and Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town.
Content Wise, A Touch of Genie is one of the rare examples were an adult film successfully mixes sex and humor. Another strength of this film is its premise, which allows the protagonist to experience his fantasy’s by inhabiting the bodies of the male actors from the adult films that he watches at the local theater that plays XXX films. And to further bolster his fantasy, all of the adult film actors and actresses portray themselves.
The narrative structure is fairly standard for an adult film from this era. With the dialog moments being just enough to propel the story at hand forward. And as mentioned before, comedy plays a large role in this film and it is actually the non-sex performers that get the lion share of this film’s funniest moments.
Performance wise the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s most surprising role being Douglas Stone in the role of Melvin, antique shop owner whose sex life is lived vicariously through the actors in the adult film he watches. Another performance of note is Tina Russell in the role of Janet Geckel, a woman who is essentially the female equivalent of Melvin. She also appears in the film as herself in a few of this film’s sex scenes.
The sex scenes are all well executed and they all deliver an ample amount of heat. With this film’s standout sex scene is a ménage trio, where Melvin and a friend become Harry Reems and Levi Richards (who is this film is billed under the name John Ashton. And Sandy Fox is the women who completes this ménage trio.
A Touch of Genie comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. The source used for this transfer is in great shape and the few instances of print related debris are very minimal. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look sharp, grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. There are no issues with distortion or background noise, everything sounds balanced and dialog always comes through clearly.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 54 seconds), an interview with actor Eric Edwards titled A Touch of Eric (23 minutes 19 seconds) and an interview with Joseph W. Sarno biographer Michael Bowen (25 minutes 57 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Eric Edwards include, Joseph W. Sarno and memories from various films that they worked on, A Touch of Genie, Jason and Tina Russell, Marc Stevens, Harry Reems and thoughts about his career in the adult film industry.
Topics discussed in the interview with Michael Bowen include, background information about Joseph W. Sarno and his transition from soft-core to hard-core cinema, A Touch of Genie and background information about various films directed by Joseph W. Sarno.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall A Touch of Genie gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.