Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 11th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, 1973 (Secrets of Sweet Sixteen)
Directors: Ernst Hofbauer (Secrets of Sweet Sixteen), Corliss Randall (Looking Good)
Writers: Erich Tomek (Secrets of Sweet Sixteen)
Cast: Christina Lindberg, Sascha Hehn, Marina Blümel, Werner Abrolat, Ekkehardt Belle (Secrets of Sweet Sixteen), Laura Gemser (Looking Good)
DVD released: November 11th, 2008
Approximate running time: 74 Minutes (Secrets of Sweet Sixteen), 58 Minutes (Looking Good)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Secrets of Sweet Sixteen), 1.33:1 Full Frame (Looking Good)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Mars Pictures / Navarre Corporation
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Secrets of Sweet Sixteen, was directed by Ernst Hofbauer, who is most known for directing nine films in the Schoolgirl Report series. The plot structure for Secrets of Sweet Sixteen and stories of naughty schoolgirls is a mirror image of the Schoolgirl Report films he directed.
Even though many Schoolgirl Report films often featured controversial subject, the opening scene of Secrets of Sweet Sixteen takes things almost too far. This scene features an older man who lures an elementary schoolgirl into a basement. Before his is able to molest the little girl. Two teenage girls interrupt him and distract him by tacking their clothes off. This is by far and away the most repulsive scene than anything that I have seen to date in any Schoolgirl Report film.
After this disturbing opening sequence things slowly get back on track. Then next scene involves a young girl who learns of her mother’s affair. In the end because of her meddling, she finds herself in a situation in which she is unable to control. When the man her mother was having an affair with rapes her. This scene also features some comedic relief albeit forced during the moments which take place at a health bar where women discuss many odd topics. Like how rubbing semen on their face to prevent their skin from wrinkling.
The next story features a young man who has yet to have his first sexual encounter. His suave friend hooks him up with a girl who is willing and ready. The girl in this scene is portrayed by Christina Lindberg. Despite not being given much to work with Christina Lindberg should be happy with her inclusion since she spends most of her screen time in various stages of undress.
The fourth story is the most humorous of one out of all the stories. It features two girls looking for a secluded place to have a sexual rendezvous with two boys. One of the girls steals her father’s car. Along the way they crash the car and run into the dimwitted man who works for her father. Somehow they convince the dimwitted man to hide in the trunk of the car and when they are unable to open the trunk craziness ensues.
The final story involves a group of men who conduct a Black Mass. They need virgins for their mass and when the man who has been supplying them with the virgins ends up given them girls who are clearly not virgins. They threaten him if he doesn’t come through with the next girl. Of course he finds them a girl who finally fits their requirements. This scene also tries to throw comedy into the mix and most of the comedy comes off to schlocky. Also the story is rather bland and the payoff is ridiculous. Overall fans of the Schoolgirl Report films are sure to get the most mileage out of Secrets of Sweet Sixteen.
Secrets of Sweet Sixteen, is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. There are a handful of instances in which the image looks to tight and it appears that this film’s intended aspect ratio should be 1.66:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback and there are some instances of combing / ghosting. Before the film there is a disclaimer about the less than stellar quality of the source materials used for this transfer. Colors and flesh tones fluctuate throughout and details often look overly soft.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There is noticeable background noise that varies in degree throughout. Dialog is easy enough to follow even though the audio sounds hallow.
Extras include trailers for Female Bunch, Pets, Moonlighting Mistress, Superknight, Run Virgin Run, Journey into the Beyond and Blazing Sands. The main extra include with this release is an audio commentary with sleaze historians David Hayes and Kevin Moyers and 42nd Street Forever creator, Jeff Dolniak. All three participants spend the entire audio commentary making humorous remarks and offering little if any information about the actual film. A second feature (of sorts) Looking Good an exorcise video starring Laura Gemser has also been included with this release. Overall this is one of the more usual double feature releases that you are likely to ever come across and while the audio / video presentations have their shortcoming, the more than affordable price of this release helps soften the blow.