Written by: Cliff Wood on July 20th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1975
Director: Jerry Douglas
Writer: Jerry Douglas
Cast: Gerald Grant, Andrea True, Dean Tait, Katherine Miles, Darby Lloyd Rains
DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $22.98
Synopsis: A married man who has been living a double life is forced to choose between his wife and much younger male lover.
Both Ways was written and directed by Jerry Douglas who is most known for writing the screenplay for Score.
The film’s narrative is told via flashback’s. With the opening act revolving around the husband and his male lover, the middle section shifts towards the husbands’ relationship with his wife and the final act sees all three relationships collide.
And when it comes to the sex scenes, all but one of them are brief and could pass off as soft-core. With the only hardcore sex scene being an orgy scene.
From a production standpoint there are no areas where this film is lacking. The narrative is well constructed, pacing is never an issue and the visuals are consistently strong throughout. Performance wise the cast are all good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Gerald Grant (Score) in the role of husband. He delivers a well-rounded performance of a conflicted man at a crossroads.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Both Ways in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. For this release a brand new 2k transfer that was sourced from the film’s 35mm negative and the end result is another strong transfer from Vinegar Syndrome. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and the source used is in very good shape with very minimal print debris. Also there are no issues with edge enhancement or compression and grain looks natural.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 13 seconds) and an audio commentary with director Jerry Douglas who discusses, the origins of the film’s premise, locations featured in the film, looking back things that he would change in this film, how there are only about 2 minutes of hardcore in this film, the film’s finale and other production related topics.
Overall Both Ways gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.