Written by: George Pacheco on March 11th, 2015
BluRay released: February 16th, 2015
Approximate running times: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: LPCM Mono English
BluRay Release: 88 Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: £19.99
Eskimo Nell is very much indicative of the 1970s British sex comedy style; a light and breezy film which features copious amounts of relatively innocent nudity without much in the way of soft or hardcore sex scenes.
Instead, this 1975 film is a meta-movie of sorts for its time, documenting the lives and careers of aspiring filmmakers as they find themselves involved with a shifty producer-Roy Kinnear, a.k.a. Mr. Salt of Willy Wonka fame!!-who is looking to make a pornographic picture based upon the classic bawdy poem, “The Ballad of Eskimo Nell.” It isn’t long before our protagonists find themselves at the mercy of all the film’s financial backers, each of whom have their own ideas of what the film should be about (western, kung fu flick), and which of their sexual partners should receiving top billing as the titular eskimo,…and all of this while an anti-pornography, family values focus group is also hot on the filmmakers’ trail.
If this sounds a bit complicated for a slap ‘n tickle, nudity filled sex farce, that’s because Eskimo Nell tries to pack in as many characters and zany plots twists as it can, in order to keep the pacing quick and the visual gags fresh. The film mostly succeeds in this respect, as Eskimo Nell is never boring, whether it’s the ludicrous amount of puns and sight gags about, or the Keystone Cops styled wackiness which ensues in between all of the naked men and women strolling about the scenery.
The British sex comedy is certainly an acquired taste, yet Eskimo Nell is a fine example of a rather low key and fun specimen which may not push as many simulated sex boundaries as some of the other work of Derek Ford or Stanley Long’s oeuvre (see 1972’s Sex and the Other Woman or Ford’s ultimate British porno triumph Diversions), yet which pushes many of the fun buttons similar to its Italian and American counterparts.
88 Films Blu-Ray of Eskimo Nell arrives with nice, bright picture. Colors are clean and transferred well without any noticeable damage or compression issues. The sound is also distinct without any drop outs, while the extras menu is nicely packed with trailers, a photo gallery, commentary track and even a-significantly more explicit-short film titled “Wild Lovers” featuring famed British sexpot/starlet Mary Millington performing in what is nothing more than a peep show loop. All of this attention to detail leaves Eskimo Nell with an extremely solid presentation from 88 Films.