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Robin’s Nest / Bella 
Written by: on February 4th, 2016

Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1980 (Robin’s Nest, USA, 1979 (Bella)
Directors: Victor Bertini (Robin’s Nest), Alexander Kubelka (Bella)
Cast: Arcadia Lake, Eric Edwards, Paul Thomas, Tracey Adams

DVD Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Approximate Running Times: 80 minutes (Robin’s Nest), 86 minutes (Bella)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $22.48

Robin’s Nest: A year after they got a married a couple decides to trail separation.

The plot follows the ever popular ‘seven-year itch’ plot device and in this case it is actually a ‘one-year itch’. From there the plot follows around the wife and to a lesser extant the husband characters as they explore their sexual desires. Along the way there are few background characters are thrown into the mix to keep the narrative moving along. Unfortunately, by the time this film gets to its moment of truth for its two main characters, it is reduced to a humorous after note.

From a production stand point the film’s visuals and the score for the film being its strongest assets. And when it comes to too the sex scene they are best described as by the numbers. With the only sex scene leaving any lasting impression, being the aforementioned finale.

Performance wise the cast are best described as adequate. With this film’s most memorable performance coming from Paul Thomas (Emanuelle around the World) in the role of a private detective named Larry Hickman. The scene where his character is under cover and pretending to be a hot dog vender is priceless. Other notable cast members include, Arcadia Lake (Debbie Does Dallas) and Eric Edwards (The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann). They are cast in the roles of Robin and Alan; the married couple who relationship faces its first moment of crisis.

Bella: A mother and her daughter lust after the neighborhood handyman.

Key collaborators on Bella include, cinematographer Cater Stevens (Teenage Twins, Rollerbabies, Punk Rock) and production manager William Lustig (The Violation of Claudia, Hot Honey).

The plot revolves around a young woman named Bella who one day accidently sees her mother having an affair with the handyman. Instead of telling on her mother Bella decides to confront the handyman and from there they start their own affair. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when Bella decides that she does not want to share her lover with her mother. And she is willing to do anything to ensure no one gets in the way of her achieving her goal.

This film has an interesting premise and a well-constructed narrative that is populated by well-defined characters. The film’s visuals look incredible throughout and another strength of this film is its solid score. And when it comes to the sex scenes the majority of these scenes have an ample amount of heat. With this film’s standout moment being a scene where Bella and a friend confront her lover with a gun.

Performance wise the entire cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Tracey Adams in what is reportedly her adult film debut. She would only appear in two other films, before leaving the industry. Other notable performances include, Eric Edwards (Abigail Lesley is Back in Town / Laura’s Toys) in the role of the handyman over and Arcadia Lake (Neon Nights) in the role of Bella’s friend.

The DVD:

Both films are presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves their intended aspect ratios. Also both film’s transfers have been scanned and restored in 2k from their 35mm original camera negatives. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels look consistently strong and details look crisp. Also there are no issues with compression or edge enhancement is kept in check and print debris / damage is very minimal.

Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Both audio clean, clear and balanced. Also there are no issues with background noise or distortion.

Extras for this release include a trailer for Bella (3 minutes 30 seconds) and an interview with filmmaker Carter Stevens (8 minutes 15 seconds).

Topics discussed in the interview with Carter Stevens include, how he got involved as the cinematographer for Bella and how he was given free reign to create to the visuals, working with William Lustig who was this film’s production manager, his thoughts on the cast and final product. Overall another solid double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.

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