Written by: Cliff Wood on October 3rd, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1977
Director: Al Adamson
Cast:Catherine Erhardt, Vaughn Armstrong, Jay B. Larson, Erwin Fuller, Eddie Garetti
DVD released: October 10th, 2006
Approximate running time: 90 minutes (U.S. Version), 103 minutes (European Version)
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Full Frame(Both Versions)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Pop Cinema/Seduction Cinema
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Synopsis: The year is 2047 and with sex crimes on the rise the Controller (Erwin Fuller) has declared any acts of fornication as crimes. Cindy (Catherine Erhardt) is treated like a slave by her mother and two wicked step sisters. One day while in woods Cindy meets her fairy godfather (Jay B. Larson) who grants her wish of going to the uncontrollable ball. Cindy meets Tom (Vaughn Armstrong) the man of hers dreams at the ball. The two quickly consummate their love. Their happiness is cut short when the law catches them fornicating. To make matters worse it is almost midnight so Cindy escapes before Tom sees her as the peasant girls he really is. The next morning Tom searches high and low for his princess. Bedding several ladies along the way before finding the woman he truly loves Cindy.
The story of Cinderella has been filmed and told countless times over the years with the earliest telling of the tale dating as far back as 860 A.D. in China. Through the years the story has had some minor modifications most notably the plot that revolves around a midnight curfew. In 1977 Al Adamson Cinderella 2000 would have some competition since it came out around the same time as Charles Band’s Cinderella. Both films would go the musical route and to take things up a notch Al Adamson would make his Cinderella a Sci-Fi musical.
From the opening moments of the film with its porno sheik sounding theme song one gets the feeling that this is not the Cinderella we have all come to love and known. Despite suing Cinderella as the films title the main focus of the film is really about sexual repression and the R rated version of the film with its trimmed down sex scenes really runs the mood.
The sets look cheap and the costumes look ridicules. The musical numbers are all well done with the number with Roscoe the robot being one of the highlights of the film. The bets scene in the film where Snow White has sex with the Seven Dwarfs has been cut from the U.S. R rated version and it is intact on the European version. Despite its ludicrous plot and stiff acting Cinderella 2000 is not a total disappoint since some of these flaws actually enhance the film overall.
Both versions of Cinderella 2000 are presented in a full frame aspect ratio. Both start with letterboxed credits before going to a full frame aspect ratio. This is not the films correct aspect ratio. Cinderella 2000 was filmed in the widescreen process known as Todd-AO 35 which frames the image in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Besides cropping the image there is noticeable print damage that crops up from time to time. Colors at times look faded and the image while reasonably sharp lacks detail in wider angle shots.
Both versions of the film come with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Outside of some minor hiss the sound track is more then serviceable just don’t expect to be wowed.
Extras for this release include an alternate title sequence under the title of “Future Sex” and an Al Adamson trailer vault which contains a trailer for Cinderella 2000 and the trailer is in the films original aspect ratio. Other extras include an audio commentary with Sam Sherman (Producer) which runs about fifty one minutes in length. Sherman gives a thorough overview about the making of Cinderella 2000. Also included with this release is the European version of Cinderella 2000 which is nearly fourteen minutes longer and besides containing more explicit sex scenes it also contains a scene where Snow White has sex with the Seven Dwarfs. Just like the U.S. Version included with this release the European version is also presented in a cropped full frame aspect ratio. Rounding out the extras is a booklet that includes running comments about the film from writers David Konow and Chris Poggiali. Their comments are witty and insightful as it is obvious they both are huge fans of Cinderella 2000.
This release is touted as the thirty anniversary edition and even though it does come with a few interesting extras the cropping of the image really hurts what could have been a more definitive release.