Written by: Cliff Wood on September 15th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1985
Director: Carlos Tobalina
Writer: Carlos Tobalina
Cast: Colleen Brennan, Mari Cartel, Mike Cartel, Yvonne De Carlo, Aldo Ray, Cesar Romero, Cornel Wilde, Robert Z’Dar
DVD released: August 18th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98
Flesh and Bullets was written and directed Carlos Tobalina (Jungle Blue), a prolific adult filmmaker whose career spanned three decades.
Synopsis: Two husbands who are drowning in alimony meet by chance and decide that killing each other’s wives is the only way to solve their financial problems.
Content wise, this film can be best summed up as an underwhelming retooling of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.
And though the premise does offer a strong foundation from which the film could have built upon. The evolution of the scheme and this film’s ultimate outcome are a major let down.
As mentioned before this is Carlos Tobalina’s one and only foray outside of hardcore XXX cinema and his idea of softcore cinema is limited to a few brief glimpses of T&A. Other area where this film is lacking are the dry performances from the cast. And last but most definitely not the least, is this film’s lethargic pacing.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Flesh and Bullets in an anamorphic widescreen and the source used for this transfer is in very good shape. Details generally look crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are no issues with distortion or background noise, dialog is clear enough to follow and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 45 seconds) and an alternate edit of the film under the title Wife Contract (97 minutes 5 seconds). It should be noted that this alternate edit has been sourced from a VHS (with burnt in subtitles).
Overall Flesh and Bullets gets a strong release from Vinegar Syndrome.