Written by: Cliff Wood on September 26th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1984
Director: Steve Scott
Writer: Will Kelly
Cast: Harry Reems, Kristara Barrington, Ginger Lynn, Herschel Savage, Susan Hart, Cara Lott, Paul Barresi, Eric Edwards, Paul Thomas, Colleen Brennan, Peter North
BluRay released: September 27th, 2016
Approximate running times: 88 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
The premise is simple; heroine shipments are being smuggled from the orient and law enforcement has their best people on the case. From there the mastermind behind the drug smuggling discovers that there is an undercover agent in their midst and had him murdered. Not deterred law enforcement proceed with their undercover operation and along the way there are a few double crosses by the time the film reaches its conclusion.
When it comes to production values this film is a few notches above its contemporaries. Another area where this film often excels are its visuals, most notable the inventiveness of the sex scenes. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the more dramatic moments which often suffer from predictability. Fortunately, this is just a minor bump in the road since the film finds a satisfying balance between the sex scene and dramatic moments.
There is a total of nine sex scenes in this film and they all more deliver the goods. Standout sex scenes include, a scene where Herschel Savage’s character pretends to work for the phone company and once inside his character has sex with Cara Lott’s character on the bathroom floor. And of course Ginger Lynn’s two sex scenes which are both saved for the final act.
Though the entire cast all deliver enthusiastic performances. None shine brighter then Ginger Lynn who presence dominates every scene she is in. Other notable cast members include, Harry Reems (Deep Throat, Forced Entry) and in a non sex role Colleen Brennan (Alice Goodbody).
China & Silk comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The Transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the film’s original 16mm camera negative. There are no issues with compression or DNR, colors and flesh tones look accurate and details look crisp.
This release comes with one audio, a DTS-HD mix in mono English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. Background noise is minimal and there are no issues with distortion, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Also the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include, two audio commentaries – the first audio commentary with cinematographer Tom Howard and moderator David McCabe and the second audio commentary with actor Herschel Savage and XRCO co-founder Bill Margold.
The first of the two audio commentaries is essentially a career retrospective for tom Howard. They also devote a considerable amount of time discussing director Steve Scott.
The second audio commentary with Herschel Savage and Bill Margold is another informal track like the one they did for Trashy Lady.
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 another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome.