Written by: Cliff Wood on August 6th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1982 (Purely Physical), USA, 1984 (Cathouse Fever)
Director: Chris Warfield (Both Films)
Cast: Laura Lazare, Jade Wong, Juliet Anderson, Joey Silvera (Purely Physical), Becky Savage, Herschel Savage, Rhonda Jo Petty (Cathouse Fever)
DVD Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 82 minutes (Purely Physical), 76 minutes (Cathouse Fever)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98
Both of these films were directed Chris Warfield (Diary of a Madman) an actor is most remembered for his appearance on the T.V. show The Outer Limits for a episode titled ‘The Invisibles’. Later in his career he would direct the soft-core feature film Teenage Seductress before ultimately making the transition into hardcore cinema as a director.
Purely Physical: A young woman takes a job as the overnight person at a motel to help pay for college and she uses the experiences of those who staying at the motel as her inspiration for her writing project.
Very early on in the film when the protagonist gets the job at the motel her boss warns her not to turn this place into a whore house like the person who had the job before her did. And though she starts off with good intentions to keep things clean and focus on her school work. Things quickly get naughty as guest after guest show up wanting nothing more than a room for sexual escapades.
Like the majority of its contemporaries this film is light on exposition and weighted down with sex scenes. And any dialog that does occur is just the basic minimum to get the viewer form one sexual set piece to the next.
Speaking of said sex scenes they are best described as serviceable. The performances far slightly better than the sex scenes with this films stand out performance coming from Laura Lazare in the role of this young woman who gets the overnight job at the motel. And of course this film saves its best moment for last a scene where Laura Lazare finally gives into her own carnal desires.
Cathouse Fever: A shy young woman wanting a more active sex life decides to go to Las Vegas and work at a brothel.
Though this films starts off with an interesting premise. Things quickly fizzle as the films is just basically a series of sexual moments inter-cut with the protagonist as she takes her time to get to Las Vegas. And though there are a few moments that are entering, the film as whole lacks cohesion. One of those standout scenes involves a man who shows up with his mouth tapped shut and note from his wife regarding him going to whore houses. The performances and sex scenes are merely serviceable.
Both films are presented in anamorphic widescreen presentations that preserves their original aspect ratios. Also both of these new 2k scans were sourced from each film’s original 35mm camera negatives. Overall both these films look great as colors and flesh tones are accurate, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
Each film comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Though there is background noise that varies in degree throughout both films, it is never too intrusive. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras are limited to a trailer for each film. Overall another strong double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.