Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 24th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, August, 1977
Director: I. Robert Levy
Writers: Mike Callie, I. Robert Levy, Mike Price
Cast: Roger Behr, Mike Callie, Joey Camen, Moose Carlson, Sjon Carrol, Gary Devaney, Jeff Doucette, Vic Dunlop, Ina Gould, Rod Haase, Deborah Klose, I. Robert Levy, Judy Mazel, Pat McCormick, Walter Olkewicz, Thelma Pelish, Roger Peltz, Robin Williams, Patrick M. Wright, Uschi Digard
DVD released: May 13th, 2008
Approximate running time: 73 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
The plot for “Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?” revolves around a series of sexual themed comedy vignettes. The story are all quick and to the point. The pacing of the film is fast and at times chaotic. “Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?” was director I. Robert Levy’s follow up to the similar themed “If You Don’t stop it… You’ll Go Blind!!!” The direction and performance are all more than adequate in conveying the subject at hard. Even though some the situations and jokes in most of the skits are not original and have been used before. They still remain funny even if they are recycled.
Some of the funnier moments include man sitting next to a preacher on a bus looking at a hustler magazine while he masturbates. Another standout moment includes a series of moments involving “Lone Stranger & Pronto”. The first one has Pronto leaving Lone Stranger to die when a snake bites him on his penis and Pronto does not want to help him suck the poison out. Later in the film Lone Stranger is seen again alive after being saved by a woman whose wagon had been passing by. Now he is looking for Pronto because he wants to kill him for leaving him to die and the pain he is currently in.
The film includes two scenes with actor Robin Williams which reportedly were not originally part of the film and they were added later when Williams name became more prominent because of “Mork & Mindy”. To make matters worse the two scenes with Robin Williams are not that funny and if it weren’t for name recognition they most definitely would have and should have been left out. Another notable performer who also has a brief appearance is Uschi Digard an actress known for her erotic films that she starred in the 1970’s. “Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?” as a sketch comedy film does faintly resemblance to “Kentucky Fried Movie”. Both movies were released in 1977 and any similarities between the two movies are most likely just a coincidence.
Overall if you like naughty sexual comedy situations and jokes then there is plenty here that you will find enjoyable.
Can I Do It…Til I Need Glasses, is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The image looks detailed and colorful. The sourced material used is in great shape with only a few very minor instances of imperfections.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean and evenly balanced. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects. Overall the audio mix sounds very good for a film over thirty years old.
Extras include the films original trailer as well as trailers for other Code Red titles like Beyond the Door, Dead Pit, The Farmer, Power Play, Sole Survivor, The Obsessed one and Wacky Taxi. Even though there is a extras option on the main menu it just leads you to a two second clip from the film of someone yelling Extra, Extra!
Despite the lack of extra content the film does come with a solid audio/video presentation and the DVD retails at a more then reasonable price.