Written by: Cliff Wood on February 19th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1977
Director: Alex de Renzy
Writer: John Mulligan
Cast: Lyn Malone, Dan Roberts, Molly Seagrim, Amber Hunt, Kristine Heller, Joey Silvera, Paul Thomas, Desiree West, Linda Wong
BluRay released: February 28th, 2017
Approximate running times: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: A dock worker named Dan narrowly escapes the rage of a mother whose promiscuous teenager daughter named Priscilla seduced him. Not wanting to temp death again, Dan accepts a job at an all-male brothel. At first, he is living every man’s dream, until one day when his worst nightmare comes true and Priscilla’s mother discovers where he has been hiding out.
The thing that immediately grabs you about this film from adult cinema’s golden age is just how much attention is given to the more dramatic moments. Another strength of this is the film’s nonlinear film does not fall into the all too familiar sex scene follow by exposition scene scenario. This nonlinear approach to the story at hand lends greatly to the film’s pacing as thing move along briskly for a film that clocks in at 108 minutes.
Though the bulk of this film takes place at a one central locations, the home where the brothel is located. There are still enough moments outside of this location to give this film a much grander aura then most of its contemporaries. And when it comes to the visuals this another area where this film does not disappoint.
The sex scenes are inventive and there is an ample amount of heat between the various participants. And the standout moments from this film’s baker’s dozen sex scenes include, the pivotal scene where Dan hooks up with Priscilla and with Kristen Heller who portrays a who has just arrived in town and is looking for a good lay. And what starts off as two men to satisfy her sex drive, quickly turns into every-man in the brothel being enlisted for her pleasure. Of course, as good as those scenes are they still take backseat to this film’s infamous “Nutcracker” scene where Dan is confronted by Priscilla’s mother who wraps him from head to toe in cellophane.
The entire cast all deliver enthusiastic performances. With this film’s most memorable performance being Molly Seagrim in the role of Priscilla’s man hating mother. She delivers an utterly convincing performance that will have every-man wincing with pain. Other notable performances include, Dan Roberts in the role of Dan the dock worker and Lyn Malone in the role of Priscilla (aka Babyface). Ultimately Babyface is an extraordinary film that is deserving of its notorious reputation.
Babyface 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 vault elements. And before the film begins there is this disclaimer.
When we began searching for materials for which we could restore this film, we came up empty handed. Every element appeared to have been either lost or destroyed. Af6ter a three-year investigation, we finally uncovered what appeared to be pristine 35mm elements. However, upon inspection, we discovered that a few minutes of Reel 5 were badly water damaged, effecting both the picture and soundtrack.
Rather than further a proper release of the film, we decided that, despite the damage, it was important to present this film looking as good as possible and on Blu-ray from existing materials.
We hope these instances of damage do not detract from your enjoyment of this significant film.”
The bulk of this transfer is on par with the excellent work Vinegar Syndrome has with the adult films that they have release. In regards to the aforementioned damaged portion. Though said damage is noticeable, it never becomes distracting. Grain looks healthy and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds, clear and balanced throughout. It should be noted that during the film’s final reel which comes from a damage source, that the audio is not as pristine.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover, an career retrospective audio interview with actress Molly Seagrim (69 minutes 37 seconds) and a short film also directed by Alex de Renzy titled Parochial Passion Princess (12 minutes 26 seconds – 1080 Progressive). This short film also stars Lyn Malone the star of Babyface.
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 Babyface gets an exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.