Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 25th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Director: Bud Townsend
Writer: Anthony Fredericks
Cast: Kristine DeBelle, Terri Hall, Larry Gelman, Alan Novak, Bree Anthony
DVD released: March 15th, 2011
Approximate running time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A librarian named Alice feels like she is growing up to fast. Her boyfriend is always thinking about sex and she longs for the simpler times of her long lost youth. One day a white rabbit appears out of nowhere who leads Alice on a journey of self and sexual discovery.
Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is one of the most revered children stories of all time and it is no wonder that there are more than a dozen film adaptations of the story to date. So it should not come as a surprise that a adult version of Alice in Wonderland would eventually be made. In 1976 Bill Osco producer of adult cinema classic like Flesh Gordon would embark on his own version, albeit a very adult one of Alice in Wonderland. An interesting little know fact about the original theatrical release of Bill Osco’s Alice in Wonderland, is that it was released by 20th century Fox and played as part of a double bill with Star Wars. There are three versions of this film, a R Rated soft-core sex romp and a full on hardcore XXX edit of the film. Subversive Cinema for this DVD edition of the film includes both the R Rated & XXX versions of the film. A third version a self imposed X Rated version has not been included with this release. To date it’s only home video release is via Media Home Video.
Those familiar with the source material will have no trouble following the plot of this film since it is very close content wise to the original story. Even though there is an adult slant. On what originated as a children’s story. This film does a superb job merging the more fantasy aspects of the story. With the more erotic laced moments. Also the film’s visual style. Which is rooted in soft focus and natural lighting keeps in line with the plots fairytale origins. The one area in which this film holds up surprisingly well. Are its musical numbers. Performance wise the cast is more than adequate in their respective roles. With the films lead playboy playmate Kristen DeBell (Cheerleaders Wild Weekend) giving a solid performance as the naive Alice. Having seen many different versions of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ through the years. This version produced by Bill Osco, even though it has a few interesting moments. The end result is a flawed adaptation. That never fully achieves its lofty ambitions.
Code Red Presents Alice in Wonderland in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. In 2007 this film was previously released on DVD by Subversive Cinema and that release also included the XXX version of this film. Quality wise the transfer for this new release is on par with the representative transfer (The Soft-core version) form that aforementioned release.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. There are no problems with background noise or distortion. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise the audio is rather limited. With the musical numbers benefiting most from this audio mix.
Extras for this release include the R Rated trailer for Alice in Wonderland (1 minute 33 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a interview with actor Larry Gelman titled ‘Horney Old Rabbit’ (15 minutes 42 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). The interview with Larry Gelman appears to be the full interview session from which his comments that appear as part as the ‘Making of’ featurette that appeared on Subversive Cinema’s DVD release. Also included with this release are trailers for Family Honor, Alice Goodbody (Gosh! or How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Acting), Can I Do It…Til I Need Glasses?, The Statue, Cry Your Purple Heart Out, The Working Girls, Group Marriage, Brute Corps and Stigma. Overall Code Red give’s Bill Osco’s Alice in Wonderland a well rounded new release that gives those who missed out on Subversive Cinema’s long OOP DVD release.