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Uschi Digard Collection, The (Fancy Lady / Pleasures of a Woman) 
Written by: on April 28th, 2011

Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1971 (Fancy Lady), USA, 1972 (Pleasures of a Woman), USA, 2003 (Pleasures of a Woman)
Directors: Nick Philips (Fancy Lady, Pleasures of a Woman), Ted Crestview (Pleasures of a Woman – 2003 version)
Cast: Uschi Digard, Lynn Harris, Barbara Mills, George Peters, Starlyn Simone (Fancy Lady), Uschi Digard, Lynn Harris (Pleasures of a Woman), Darian Caine, Julian Wells (Pleasures of a Woman – 2003 version)

DVD Released: June 14th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes (Pleasures of a Woman – 1972 version), 36 Minutes (Pleasures of a Woman – 2003 version), 55 Minutes (Fancy Lady)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Retro Seduction Cinema / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99

This release pairs together two Uschi Digard films that were directed by Nick Phillips and a 2003 remake of Pleasures of a Woman is thrown in for good measure. Uschi Digard is a Swedish born actress, who is most known for her collaborations with Russ Meyer, Cherry, Harry & Raquel!, Supervixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens. Nick Phillips was one of most prolific filmmakers working in soft-core cinema in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. He would directed forty films in ten years, with his most notable films being Roxanna and Les Chic(arguably this most hard-core feature).Fancy Lady: An erotic journalist from Denmark goes to San Francisco to sample its more perverse attractions.

The nonexistent plot is very loosely held together by a series of sexual escapades. Most of which Uschi Digard is the voyeur, with her big moment being saved for the film’s finale. And while there is an abundance of fetishism on display in the film. The sex scenes which make up the bulk of the running tend to go onto a few beats to long.

Pleasures of a Woman: The widow of a wealthy man seduces the only person who stands in her way, her deceased’s husbands naive niece.

This one features a much stronger and more engaging plot than Fancy Lady. Also there is a good balance between the plot and sex scenes, which are all top notch. And while Uschi Digard is the main attraction of this feature, one should not overlook the ample assets of her co-star Lynn Harris. Besides the aforementioned fetishism’s, this film and Fancy Lady have a copious amount of lesbian action.

Overall when compared to other soft-core erotica from this era, these two films are far from top tier examples of this genre has too other.

The DVD:

All content on this release is presented in its intended aspects ratio.  The two Nick Phillips directed films Fancy Lady and Pleasures of a Woman (1972 version) were both shot on film, while the 2003 remake of Pleasures of a Woman was shot on video. Fancy Lady and Pleasures of a Woman (1972 version) have good color reproduction and flesh tones fare well. Black levels are at best average and details rank from generally crisp to a tad too soft. The image remains stable and edge enhancement varies throughout. Pleasures of a Woman (2003 version) looks as good as one would expect for a shot on video production. Both versions of Pleasures of a Woman are located on disc one, while Fancy Lady is located on disc two.

Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Fancy Lady and Pleasures of a Woman (1972 version) have some mild distortion / background noise issues, nothing to distracting. Dialog comes through clearly on both of these features. Pleasures of a Woman (2003 version) fares slightly better as the audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.

Extras for this release are spread over two discs. Extras on disc one include trailers for the 1972 and 2003 versions of Pleasures of a Woman, a six minute segment with 42nd Street Pete in which he discusses Pleasures of a Woman, trailer for other Retro Seduction Cinema titles also available on DVD and trailers for Seduction Cinema’s Sexy Spoofs. Extras on disc two include are limited to six shorts / loops all starring Uschi Digard. Overall The Uschi Digard Collection is yet another affordably priced set from Seduction Cinema that collects titles that were previously released at a much higher price.

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