Written by: George Pacheco on November 9th, 2016
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1982 (Titillation), USA, 1983 (Eat at the Blue Fox)
Director: Damon Christian (Both Films)
Writers: John Finegold (Both Films)
Cast: Pamela Mann, Kitten Natividad, Ron Jeremy, Desiree Lane, Theresa Jones, Jerry Abrams, Herschel Savage (Eat at the Blue Fox), Eric Edwards, Randy West, Kitten Natividad, Angelique Pettyjohn, Gina Gianetti, Mike Horner (Let’s Get Physical)
DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Approximate running times: 83 minutes (Eat at the Blue Fox), 82 minutes (Titillation)
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: $22.48
Vinegar Syndrome comes up with a double feature of Damon Christian films from the early days of 80s adult films, a time when the industry was beginning to switch over to video tape, with newer films often being directed towards the “couples market.” As a result, the desire for many filmmakers to do something unique or cinematic with their efforts was slowly being replaced with a much more light hearted and fun approach to the sexual romp stereotypes many tend to associate with the genre.
Both of the films here on this DVD exemplify strong examples of these sorts of titles, however, as Damon Christian productions tended to be on the glossy and higher budgeted end of the spectrum. “Titillation” is the breezier of the two films, utilizing the much-abused detective story trope to essentially tell the tale of a modern day Cinderella. The script from John Finegold substitutes the fairy tale’s golden slipper for a golden bra, while noted Russ Meyer bombshell Kitten Natividad steps in for her role as the proverbial “pair that got away” for a rich businessman, Felix Fitswilly.
Eric Edwards is predictably charismatic as detective Zappo, who is convinced to take on the case from Fitzwilly’s secretary, who is played by one time Star Trek and Get Smart actress Angelique Pettyjohn, acting here under the moniker of Heaven St. John. B-movie fans might also recognize Pettyjohn from her turn in the minor Filipino monster classic Mad Doctor of Blood Island opposite John Ashley. The stunning and statuesque Pettyjohn is capable and enthusiastic in both her acting and erotic presence here, and seems to have genuine chemistry with Edwards early on in the film. It’s honestly a shame that the actress seemed to be ashamed of her brief career in the adult film industry, as her performances in films such as this one or 1984’s Body Talk are much less embarrassing in this writer’s opinion than her latter day work in “legitimate” films, such as Biohazard, Takin’ It Off or The Lost Empire.
The supporting cast possess less acting chops than these two aforementioned stars, but Titillation is lightweight enough that it doesn’t really matter, moving through alternating sequences of comedy and sex with enough gumshoe dialog to give the film a quick enough pace from beginning to end. Meanwhile, Kitten Natividad appears once again-albeit briefly-in the disc’s second feature, Eat at the Blue Fox. The film stars Ron Jeremy as the American proprietor of a dance and supper club in Mexico which has fallen on hard times, after enjoying past glories as a go-to-destination for tourists south of the border.
Christian and Finegold reunite for directing and writing duties here, and together achieve a more cohesive story, telling Jeremy’s plight as his ramshackle club struggles to stay in business when placed against the corrupt local law enforcement. Eat at the Blue Fox is a adult comedy first and foremost, however, with Jeremy being more than game at delivering the jokes and the sex at nearly every opportunity. “The Hedgehog” is certainly the best actor here, but the cast as a whole does a good job, even if there are no real standouts among the supporting players.
Natividad’s role is very small as a cigarette girl, while fellow adult legend Herschel Savage appears as a rowdy cowboy who bursts into the Blue Fox, looking for a good time. Titillation may be slightly more fun to watch, but Eat at the Blue Fox is the better crafted film, and this makes their combination here a fun treat for those seeking to revisit the comparatively innocent era of 1980s VHS sex flicks.
Vinegar Syndrome present both Titillation and Eat at the Blue Fox in their original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratios, scanned in 2K with little to no print damage present. The colors look nicely rendered, if not completely noteworthy, yet easily best the prior releases these films on both VHS (Eat at the Blue Fox via VCA) and DVD (Titillation via Alpha Blue Archives). The audio is strong here, as well, with no hissing or errors to be found on either audio track. The only extra here is the original theatrical trailer for Eat at the Blue Fox, making this up to VinSyn’s typical standard for their “Peekarama” series.