Written by: George Pacheco on December 11th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1977 (Playgirls of Munich, Dutch Treat), USA, 1978 (French Kittens)
Director: Zebedy Colt as Navred Reef (All Films)
Cast: Zebedy Colt, Roger Caine, Jamie Gillis, Crystal Synch
DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 73 minutes (Playgirls of Munich), 67 minutes (Dutch Treat), 63 minutes (French Kittens)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio (All Films)
Rating: XXX (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: Alpha Blue Archives
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Zebedy Colt was an interesting personality during the Golden Age of Adult Film in the 1970s and 80s, having served in nearly every capacity behind the camera, while also serving as one of the medium’s most eccentric character actors.
Colt is probably best known for his take on erotic, pastoral horror with his 1977 film The Devil Inside Her, as well as his acting turns alongside Terri Hall and Jamie Gillis in The Story of Joanna. This three film collection presents Colt under the pseudonym of “Navred Reef,” as he directs and co-stars alongside Roger Caine in two Euro sex comedies and a glorified loop collection known as French Kittens. This latter film is basically a meta piece about Caine and his small crew of smut peddlers discussing their creation of a new adult picture, with most of the hardcore action revolving around a series of unrelated loops-starring such other adult performers as Eric Edwards and Jamie Gillis-padding out the new, Colt-directed wraparound footage.
Far more entertaining are the two Euro sex pictures, with both Playgirls of Munich and Dutch Treat comprising the same plot, namely Caine and Colt bumbling across European settings-in this case, Munich and Amsterdam-getting into trouble and shagging as many Continental starlets as humanly possible. Of course, given Colt’s predilection towards men, it’s Caine who entertains most of the sex scenes, with Colt serving as a very capable form of comic relief.
Colt’s antic as the humor to Caine’s “straight man” is most successful on Playgirls of Munich, a film with an obviously larger budget which enables Colt to ham and mug it up to the camera as often as possible. Granted, not all of the jokes succeed but given Munich’s exquisite scenery and comedic tone, it serves as a fun example of loose 1970s adult cinema.
Alpha Blue Archives presents these rare adult films in three prints of varying quality. Playgirls of Munich looks the best out of the three, with Dutch Treat arriving with its fair share of scratches, dirt and damage. French Kittens is somewhere in between the two in terms of quality, particularly when the obvious jumps in quality from loop to loop. Audio quality on the DVD is decent sounding given the age and condition of these films-check the funky instrumental version of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” out of nowhere during French Kittens!-with nothing to speak of in terms of extras. Overall, Playgirls of Munich receives a decent release from Alpha Blue Archives.