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Christina (BluRay) 
Written by: on May 25th, 2016

Theatrical Release Date: Spain / USA 1984
Director: Francisco Lara Polop
Writer: Harry Alan Towers
Cast: Jewel Shepard, Karin Schubert, Josephine Jacqueline Jones

BluRay released: May 31st, 2016
Approximate running time: 91 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: LPCM Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
BluRay Release: Intervision Picture Corp.
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95

Synopsis: Christina Von Belle (Jewel Shepard) is an heiress who has an unbelievable sex drive. One day she is kidnapped by an organization of lesbians named “The Ten of November” who want her family to pay a ransom and while they wait for the ransom, they have their way with Christina. Eventually she is able to escape from her lesbian captors only to find herself in the hands of smugglers who also want to collect the ransom. How long will she remain captive before her family finally pays the ransom?

The premise for Christina is pretty good, “an heiress being kidnapped and held for ransom”. The execution of the idea and the scenes that evolved out this idea only get more chaotic as the film progresses. The opening moments up in the tell Christina is kidnapped are the films strongest and there only short comings is that there is little if any truly erotic moments. The middle section while she is being held captive by the lesbian mercenaries is nothing but filler as we get to see a few cat fights and plenty of lesbian loving. The rest of the film and the film’s final resolution feel anticlimactic.

There is one scene that needs to be mentioned because of its sheer absurdity and in this scene Christina is racing her boyfriend who crashes his car. Now unconscious she revives him from his coma by giving him a blowjob. This is the type of scene that epitomizes this film and if these type of moments are something you fancy, then the rest of this film should be a breeze.

From a production standpoint the visuals look great throughout and when it comes to exploiting the various exotic locales or this film’s leading lady, this film does not miss a beat. Other strengths of this film include is brisk pacing and a groovy film score. Unfortunately, this is not a film without is shot comings and none are more glaring, then when it comes to the all too brief sex scenes. Fortunately, this film tries its best to make up for this by ensuring that its leading lady is naked or in various stages of undress for the majority of her screen time.

Performance wise this film features three actresses who have spent most of their career making erotic cinema, Josephine Jacqueline Jones (Black Venus), Karin Schubert (Ubalda, All Naked and Warm) and the film’s star Jewel Shepard (The Return of the Living Dead) in one of her first starring roles. Shepard portrays an heiress named Christina Von Belle. Also in many ways her character functions like Emmanuelle character as they both travel the world investigating their carnal desires. Ultimately Christina is an ambitious soft core film that never fully achieves its lofty goals.

The BluRay:

Christina comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a brand new HD transfer has been created and the end result is a noticeable improvement over this film’s previous release under the imprint Private Screening Collection. With the most noticeable areas of improvement being colors saturation and image clarity. Also there is grain that varies in degree throughout and there are no issues with compression and DNR is kept in check. Another area where this film differs from the aforementioned previous home video release is its aspect ratio. The previous release presented the film in 1.33:1 aspect ratio that was most likely an open matte source and now this release presents the film in a 1.78:1 widescreen ratio. Framing wise the image never feels cramped in this new aspect ratio. It should be noted that during some of the darker moments in the film that the image not as crisp as it is for the bulk of this transfer and that grain looks more pronounced.

This release comes with one audio option, a LPCM mono mix in English. There are no issues in regards to background noise or hiss and when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack they are well represented. Also dialog always comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.

This release comes with no extra content. Just a static menu that has two options, play film or chapter selection.

Overall Christina makes its way to Blu-Ray via a rock solid HD upgrade from Intervision Picture Corp.

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