Written by: Cliff Wood on June 6th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1976 (Baby Rosemary), USA, 1978 (Hot Lunch)
Director: John Hayes (Both Films)
Cast: Sharon Thorpe, John Leslie, Lesllie Bovee, Ken Scudder, Monique Cardin, John Seeman, Candida Royalle (Baby Rosemary), Jon Martin, Christine De Shaffer, Brigit Olsen, Desiree Cousteau, Mandy Ashley, Bonnie Holiday, Sharon Kane, Juliet Anderson (Hot Lunch)
DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 80 minutes (Baby Rosemary), 80 minutes (Hot Lunch)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98
Vinegar Syndrome once pair’s together films directed by the same and this time around that director is John Hayes who is most remembered for directing Grave of the Vampire. And like many of his contemporaries he made the transition from soft-core to hardcore due to the audiences wanting to see more graphic content.
Baby Rosemary: A young woman named Rosemary tries to deal with the death of her estranged father by overcoming her issues with her own sexuality.
Though this film’s title is a clever play on the title of famous horror movie directed by Roman Polanski. Outside of both films being rooted in the horror genre this is basically were all connections end.
The narrative revolves around a young woman named Rosemary who’s inability to be intimate with one boyfriend leads to him finder a mistress. Shortly thereafter they rift apart and Rosemary goes on sexual journey that leads her towards a more destructive relationship with an abusive lover. Things almost resolve themselves as her boyfriend from the beginning of the film comes back into her life.
This film is well shot and there is never a shortage of atmosphere or just plain old moments of bizarreness. With this film saving it’s most insane moment for last, a dream sequence where Rosemary and those who have been part of her journey have an orgy inside the mortuary by her father’s casket.
All of the sex are well executed and have just the right amount of heat. The performances from the entire cast are very good, especially Sharon Thorpe in the role of Rosemary. Overall Baby Rosemary is a satisfying mix of erotica and melodrama that fans of the golden age of adult cinema are sure to thoroughly enjoy.
Hot Lunch: A young man moves to the bit city with his bride only to find out that she has been cheating on him all along. Not content with just humiliating him his bride divorces him and sues him for alimony. Along the way he meets a lawyer who gets him a job as an encyclopedia salesmen and he quickly rises up the ranks at work due to women finding him irresistible.
Where Baby Rosemary was a horror themed adult film, Hot Lunch is a adult themed comedy that firmly places its tongue in cheek in regards to its use of humor. The films visuals are strong throughout and the sex scenes are enjoyable to watch, with a few of them adding humor to them. Performance it is hard to fault any of the cast who all give enthusiastic performances. Unfortunately the end result is a run of mill adult themed comedy that brings nothing new to the table.
Both films are presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains their original aspect ratios. And both transfers were sourced from each film’s original 35mm negative. Both transfers are in very good shape, colors look nicely saturated and accurate, flesh tones look healthy, details look sharp, black and contrast levels look consistently good throughout. There are no issues with edge enhancement or compression and any print related damage is so minimal it is never intrusive.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for Baby Rosemary (2 minutes 46 seconds –anamorphic widescreen), hot (3 minutes 42 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and cool (3 minutes 42 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) trailers for Hot Lunch and alternate soft shots for Hot Lunch (2 minutes 57 seconds – anamorphic widescreen).
Overall another strong double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.