Written by: Cliff Wood on December 30th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1983
Director: Roger Watkins
Writer: Roger Watkins
Cast: Jamie Gillis, Kelly Nichols, Vanessa Del Rio, George Payne, Bobby Astyr, Tiffany Clark, Samantha Fox, Tish Ambrose
BluRay released: December 15th, 2015
Approximate running time: 79 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
Roger Watkin’s Corruption is a Faustian like tale where the protagonist sells his soul to a mysterious organization, who in return promise him power and fortune. From there things start too go awry in the protagonists personal and professional lives.
Though this film’s narrative takes the all too familiar minimal dialog approach. The end result is something that is far from the norm. With imagery playing a large role throughout this film. And nowhere is this more evident than in a sequence that occurs very early on in the film. In this scene there is a businessman who has come to pick up a brief case and when he arrives the secretary nonchalantly directs him to go through the door behind her desk. From there the man enters multiple rooms which each have one distinctive primary color.
Fortunately this is just not of many spectacular moments visually with another standout moment being the scene where the protagonist who has just enlisted the help of his half-brother to find his wife’s sister who was recently abducted. It is during this scene that the protagonist is taken to an underground sex club? And while they walk down the hallway he looks through the various peep holes. In one peep hole there is a dominatrix who is degrading a man in gimp mask and the mask comes off it is revealed that the man looks like the protagonist. Another peep hole and a moment that is a without a doubt the most disturbing scene in this film involves a man having sex with a corpse on a slab. And as this man gains more pleasure from this perverse act, this only further enrages the protagonist.
Other areas where this film excels include its haunting soundtrack, which features a few classical pieces and the rock solid performance from all involved, especially Jamie Gillis (The Opening of Misty Beethoven) in the role of Williams, this films protagonist. The moment where his character comes unglued watching the necrophilia ranks amongst Gillis’s finest work as an actor. Not far behind Gillis is Bobby Astyr (Babylon Pink) in the role of the protagonists’ brother Larry. Other notable cast members include, Vanessa Del Rio (Dracula Exotica), Kelly Nichols (The Toolbox Murders) and George Payne (Blonde Ambition).
All around this film is stylish affair that is filled with a tremendous amount of atmosphere. And this even extends to the sex scenes which have an ample amount of heat and just right amount of inventiveness. Overall Corruption is an extraordinary film that stands out as one of adult cinema’s most unique cinematic experiences.
Corruption comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Two 35mm archival prints are the source for this brand new 2k transfer that was used for this release. Flesh tones look accurate, colors looks nicely saturated, black levels, shadow detail and image clarity remain strong throughout. Also grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and this film’s scores sounds robust. Range wise things sounds as good as one would expect considering the mono source limitations.
Extras for this release include, reversible cover art, press book gallery with music from the film playing the background, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 18 seconds) and an interview titled ‘Through the Lens’ with cinematographer Larry Revene (12 minutes 25 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview include, collaborating with Roger Watkins and how Watkins wrote the screenplays for the film’s he directed, Watkins approach to directing the actors, the cast and he gives a brief overview about each actor and the look of the film.
This release has an Easter egg, another feature film also directed by Roger Watkins Last House on a Dead End Street (77 minutes 59 seconds – 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC).
Also included with this release are DVD’s for each film that have the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release.
Overall another exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.
Note: The Easter Egg bonus feature is only part of the first 2,000 copies pressed for this release.