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Physical Attraction / Classical Romance 
Written by: on June 11th, 2016

Theatrical Release Dates:
USA, 1984 (Physical Attraction / Classical Romance)
Director: Richard Mailer (Both Films)
Writer: Will Kelly (Both Films)
Cast: Shanna McCullough, David Cannon, Pamela Mann, Paul Thomas, Bunny Bleu (Physical Attraction), Jacqueline Lorians, Paul Thomas, Desiree Lane, Valerie Love, Herschel Savage, Bunny Bleu, David Cannon (Classical Romance)

DVD Release Date: May 31th, 2016
Approximate running times: 87 minutes (Physical Attraction), 86 minutes (Classical Romance)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $22.98

This double feature pairs two feature films directed by Richard Mailer (A Taste of Money), a prolific filmmaker whose output spans for decades.

Physical Attraction: Tired of selling her body, a prostitute tries to distance herself from her abusive pimp by following her dream of become a runner and competing at the Olympics.

There is a faint hint of the ever so employed Pygmalion in the plot. With the lead character a young woman named Bobbi who transforms herself from her dreary life of debauchery into a young woman with full of hope and dreams.

The basic narrative is straight forward and easy enough to follow. And when it comes to the characters there is a clear distinction where their motivations lay? With that being said, exposition moments are best described as adequate. Fortunately, the scenes far much better than the exposition moments. And this film’s standout sex scene is a lesbian scene with Pamela Mann and Shanna McCullough.

Performance wise the main attraction of this film is Shanna McCullough (Teach Me Please!) in the role of Bobbi and her ample assets are exploited for all their worth. Another performance of note is Paul Thomas (Emanuelle around the World) in a minor, albeit memorable role. Overall Psychical Attraction is a mildly entertaining romp that serves up as a good primer for Classical Romance.

Classical Romance: A frustrated musician finds his muse while working at a piano bar.

The narrative is well constructed and the characters’ motivations are well defined. And when it comes to the exposition moments and sex scenes there is a solid balanced between them. With this film’s stand out sex scenes being a ménage trio scene with Paul Thomas, Desiree Lane and Renee Summers and the scene where Paul Thomas’s character Eric hooks up with his muse Laura who is portrayed by Jacqueline Lorians (Blue Ice). Their initial sexual rendezvous is referred too and never shown.

Performance wise, the entire cast far exceed expectations, especially Paul Thomas and Jacqueline Lorians. They have a tremendous amount of chemistry and this shine through in all of the scenes they share. Other notable performances include, Herschel Savage (Debbie Does Dallas) in the role of Laura’s husband and Joe Elliot is non sex role providing some comic relief. Overall Classical Romance is a diamond in the rough waiting to be rediscovered.

The DVD:

Both films included for this release are presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves their intended aspect ratios. And each film has been given a brand new 2k transfer that has been sourced from the film’s original 16mm negative. The image looks crisp throughout and there are no issues with DNR or compression. Black levels fare well and though there are some instances of colors fluctuating, it is never anything that becomes intrusive.

Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Everything sounds, clean, clear and balanced.

Extras for this release is limited to a trailer for Classical Romance (2 minutes 47 seconds).

Overall another strong double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.

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