Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 9th, 2010
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1975 (Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town), USA, 1975 (Laura’s Toys)
Director: Joseph W. Sarno (Both Films)
Writer: Joseph W. Sarno (Both Films)
Cast: Rebecca Brooke, Jennifer Jordan, Eric Edwards, Jamie Gillis, Chris Jordan, Jennifer Welles, Julia Sorel, Susan Sloan, Alex Mann, Sonny Landham (Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town), Rebecca Brooke, Eric Edwards, Cathja Graff, Anita Ericsson, Anita Redling, Anna Haarla, Håkan Sjöberg, Maj Bodingh (Laura’s Toys)
DVD released: March 23rd, 2010
Approximate running time: 100 Minutes (Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town), 103 Minutes (Laura’s Toys)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Retro Seduction Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town:A promiscuous young woman returns to her hometown. At first her arrival is meet with hostility. Not willing to give up so easily she slowly lures those who played a part in her leaving town four years before.The plot is dripping in melodrama, with the bulk of the film revolving around the Abigail Leslie characters web of deceit. Things quickly become apparent very early on and it is not difficult to see where things are going to end up. The film is populated with a wide range of personalities like a tom boy who has an unusual bond with her brother, a frigid housewife and her oversexed aunt who is constantly trying to get her to have an affair in hopes of loosening her up. Pacing wise there are few moments where the films drags. The one area where this film excels the most is the performances from the entire cast with Rebecca Brooke in the role of the Priscilla Howe a frigid housewife and Jennifer Jordan in the role of Abigail Leslie the seductress with an insatiable appetite for all things carnal.
Laura’s Toys: After discovering that her husband is having an affair, the wife of a Archaeologist resumes a lesbian affair with a former classmate.
The narrative for Laura’s Toys and the characters are not as fleshed out as they were in Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town. The moments in between the sex scenes (which are all effectively choreographed) are nothing more than filler to keep things moving along. Despite the short comings the film still manages to be engaging enough because of the strong performances from the films three leads Rebecca Brooke, Eric Edwards and Cathja Graff. The stronger moments in the film revolve around the love triangle between the archeologist, his wife and his assistant. While the weaker moments revolve around the wives affair with her former lesbian lover.
Both films are presented in a anamorphic widescreen that retains their original aspect ratios. Both films have clean looking transfers that boast nicely saturated colors, healthy looking flesh tones and black levels look strong throughout.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced and any background that does crop up is minimal.
Extras for Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town include interviews with actresses Rebecca Brooke (10 minutes 2 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and Jennifer Jordan (8 minutes 25 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), actor Jamie Gillis (10 minutes 24 seconds – 4:3 full frame), writer / director Joe Sarno and Peggy Sarno (5 minutes 56 seconds – 4:3 full frame). Other extras include “Alamo Draft House Screening Mini-Doc” (7 minutes – 4:3 Full Frame) and “Joe Sarno is Back in Town” (23 minutes 49 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). All the interviews cover similar topics as each participant discuss their involvement in the film, the cast and working with Joe Sarno. The Alamo Draft House segment is taken from their double feature presentation of All the Sins of Sodom and Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town, which also includes a Q & A with Joe Sarno. The “Joe Sarno is Back in Town” is essentially a one on one interview in which Joe Sarno returns to the home where he grew up. The house is now owned by a childhood friend of Joe Sarno’s. The main extra included with this release is an audio commentary with Joe Sarno, his biographer Michael Bowen and Pop Cinema’s president Michael Raso. This audio commentary is a brand new track and not that one included on the previous DVD release for Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town. Moderator Michael Bowen keeps things lively as he discusses with Joe Sarno the various stages of his career. This is a detailed and at times informative audio commentary that does a superb job encapsulating the career of Joe Sarno. it should be noted that the audio commentary ends about the ninety two minutes into the film. Rounding out the extras for this disc are trailers for All the Sins of Sodom, Confession of a Young American Housewife, Daddy Darling, Deep Throat Comedy Collection and Moonlighting Wives.
Extras for Laura’s Toys include interviews with actor Eric Edwards (5 minutes 41 seconds – 4:3 full frame) and writer / director Joe Sarno and Peggy Sarno (7 minutes 18 seconds – 4:3 full frame). Both interviews feature many great stories about the production. The main extra included with this release is an audio commentary with Eric Edwards and Joe Sarno biographer Michael Bowen and Pop Cinema’s president Michael Raso. The is a detailed audio commentary that covers the span of Eric Edwards career. Rounding out the extras for this disc are trailers for Misty, Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town, Laura’s Toys, Butterflies, Girl Meets Girl, Vampire Ecstasy, Swedish Wildcats, Seduction of Inga, Suburban Secrets and two trailers for Inga.
Also included with this release is an eight page booklet with liners notes about Laura’s Toys and Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town. The liner notes were written by Michael Bowen. Overall this is an exceptional release that comes with an abundance of extras and a strong audio / video presentations for both films, highly recommended.