Written by: Cliff Wood on March 25th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1971
Director: Dennis Van Zak
Cast: Harry J. Anslinger, John Holmes, Fiorello Laguardia, Billy Curtis, Levi Richards
DVD released: March 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 76 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Narrative wise this film is made up of a series of random moments with people. Who have used Marijuana. And it should come as no surprise that all of their stories are also rooted in sexuality. In between these reenactments. There are also a handful of man of the street segments with the average Joe. Who also discuss the pros and cons of using Marijuana. This film also liberally uses stock footage. Which includes footage from the prohibition era and a clip of Lee Harvey Oswald. To help round the narrative out and drive the film’s point home.Made forty years ago. The evidence presented in this pseudo documentary comes off dated. When looked at in today’s climate. One has to wonder what those, who experienced this cinematic concoction thought. After viewing this film way back in 1971.
The sex / erotica themed moments which make up the bulk of this film. Are a cross between soft-core and hard-core. Leaning more towards the latter. Unfortunately the majority of these moments though. Are far from erotic. And like the none sexual themed moments. The sexual themed moments are often rooted in humor.
Even though Aphrodisiac! The Sexual Secret of Marijuana is a pseudo documentary that examines the history of Marijuana and the effect that is has those who use it. The end result is not that far removed from any documentary film that also purports to be rooted in fact. After all, most documentaries are slightly eschewed towards the idealologies of its creator’s (the director, the producers). With that being said. It should be fairly obvious that this film is nothing more than a crudely pieced together sex film. That clumsily tries to incorporate humor.
Impulse Pictures presents Aphrodisiac! The Sexual Secret of Marijuana in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer looks like a won print. That has scratches and other forms of print debris that varies in degree throughout. There are no problems with compression and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio does not far much better as there is background noise and other audio defects that crop up throughout. Dialog comes through clearly enough to follow.
This release comes with no extra content. The static menu has two options play film or chapter selection. Overall Aphrodisiac! The Sexual Secret of Marijuana gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Impulse Pictures.