Written by: George Pacheco on June 4th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1977 (The New Erotic Adventures of Casanova), USA, 1982 (Casanova 2)
Director: Carlos Tobalina (Both Films)
Writers: Edgar Warren, Carlos Tobalina
Cast: John Holmes, Rhonda Jo Petty, Susan Silver
DVD Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 84 minutes (The New Erotic Adventures of Casanova), 91 minutes (Casanova 2)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Adult film legend John Holmes goes for a period piece of sorts here with two quickie Casanova films directed by the infamous hack Carlos Tobalina.
The New Erotic Adventures of Casanova features John Holmes in two roles as the titular historic lover, who engages in a bit of swordplay-in more ways than one-in eighteenth century France before the film flashes forward to his great grandson, who by chance comes across his ancestor’s perfume…which naturally sends the ladies wild.
This film is a mixed bag with high aspirations. On one hand, the period sequences are serviceable by Tobalina standards, who by all accounts was a terrible filmmaker. The set-ups and production design is nicely done for the budget, even if the director proves once again that he was apparently unable to construct any sort of meaningful dialogue, with a lot of it being poorly dubbed in or narrated after the fact. This first Casanova film does pick up a bit when the story flashes forward to the swingin’ seventies, but it soon becomes mired in jarringly edited sex scenes which come and go without any real passion or energy.
Tobalina’s second Casanova film was released five years later, and actually serves as a more watchable picture than its predecessor, despite recycling a whole bunch of footage. Again, the period piece scenes here are hit and miss, but the film kicks into gear once Holmes-once again as Casanova’s great grandson-decides to mass market his magic, erotic perfume with the assistance of his psychiatrist, played by the lovely Ann Perry. Particularly humorous is the local news scene with adult film historian and legend William Margold (among others) as newscasters who are reporting a worldwide sex outbreak in the wake of Casanova’s success.
Neither of these films are great, but there are elements of both Casanova flicks which could work as one cohesive film, if properly spliced and edited. As it stands now, however, there’s just a bit too much dead air here on this disc to really recommend this to any but the most diehard of John Holmes fan.
Vinegar Syndrome have once again rescued some adult film oddities from obscurity, presenting both of Tobalina’s Casanova films with anamorphic widescreen picture and clear audio. The 2k restoration job looks great here, and Holmes is his quintessential charming self throughout both of these flicks. The only extras here are the theatrical trailers for both films, result in an average presentation for Vinegar Syndrome.