Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 22nd, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Australia, 1978
Director: John Lamond
Cast: Glory Annen, Joni Flynn, Christopher Milne
DVD released: July 25th, 2006
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: Felicity Robinson (Glory Annen) like most girls in boarding school’s is board and seeks adventure. Her father sends her to Hong Kong for her time away from the boarding school. While in Hong Kong she awakens her sexual desires and falls in love with Miles. Her happiness is short lived when she finds out her lover is going away for a few weeks. Will her sex drive lead her too other lovers or will she have enough will power to wait for Miles to return?
Sexuality in cinema hit its peak in the 1970’s when you had mainstream films like Last Tango in Paris, hardcore films like Deep Throat and soft core films like Emmanuelle all playing too sold out theaters. Near the end of the decade director John Lamond would throw his hat into the ring with his soft score sex escapade Felicity a tale about young teenage girls sexual awakening. The story and its outcome are themes that have been explored many times over and in many ways better then the Felicity.
The films strongest asset is John Lamond’s direction which borrows some technique in the form of soft focus photography most notably from Just Jacken’s Emmanuelle. Lamond’s sense of composition is also very good as he frames the action to its fullest. The films dialog sounds like something one would except to read if they were reading a romance novel. The acting in this film is about the level one would expect when watching a soap opera. With Glory Annen’s performance in the role of Felicity being the only performance that leaves any lasting impression.
The films funky score perfectly compliments the mass amounts of sex that occurs in the film. The various sex scenes are all well done and very erotic. The most erotic scene in the film is when Felicity and a female friend go to a bath house. What happens next is the four ladies lathering each other up surrounded by steam. Also Asia is full of exotic locations and sexual delights and the film fully exploits both. Overall Felicity is a well-made slice of erotica cinema that ultimately works as well as does due to the strength of its leading ladies’ performance.
The transfer for this release was sourced from director John Lamond’s personal vault print. The film is presented in an anamorphic widescreen which preserves the films original aspect ratio. Colors look nicely saturated and details remain stable and sharp through out. Overall this transfer looks very good and it is free of any print damage.
Only one audio option comes with this release an English language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The sound is clean of any hiss or any other audio defects. The music and effects sound full as they blend in well with the rest of the mix.
Extras for this release include the films original theatrical trailer and stills gallery which has plenty of flesh on parade. The final extra is an audio commentary with John Lamond and Glory Annen. They have plenty to say about making the film and both are equally talkative. The extras while sparse are still a welcome addition especially the insightful audio commentary. Overall Felicity gets a strong DVD release from Severin Films.