Written by: Cliff Wood on May 6th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Denmark, July 18th, 1975
Director: Werner Hedman
Writers: Werner Hedman
Cast: Ole Søltoft, Preben Mahrt, Cia Löwgren, Karl Stegger, Bent Warburg, Lise Henningsen, Louise Frevert, Anne Bie Warburg, Lisbeth Olsen, Arthur Jensen, Eva Weinreich, Poul Bundgaard, Kate Mundt, William Kisum, Romona, Rütger, Benny Hansen, Ingrid Buchholtz, Basil Patton, Magi Stocking, Susanne Breuning
DVD Released: May 19th, 2009
Approximate Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Danish
DVD Release: Smirk
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $21.95
Synopsis:An up and coming singer is courted by two rival record company executives that are determined to sign her first.
In The Sign of the Gemini written and directed by Werner Hedman, whose other notable films as a director includes Agent 69 Jensen – In The Sign of Scorpio, Agent 69 Jensen in the Sign of Sagittarius and In the Sign of the Lion.The plot for In The Sign of the Geminifollows the exploits of two record executives and the singer they both covet. These two executive couldn’t be more different. Anthon Master is a suave playboy who is always surrounded by a harem of ladies in waiting, while Ulrik Ulvenstein is a crotchety old man that lacks the charm his rival has an abundance of. Dolores Rossi is the singer they both feverishly try to woo into their respective stables. Dolores is not as dumb as she appears as she plays her two suitors like a fiddle.
The plot really gets cooking when Ulrik Ulvenstein hires men to kidnap Anthon Master. His plan would have been fool proof if it wasn’t for Anthon having a twin brother who steps in and assumes his identity.Visually some stands out moments include one of the kidnappers in drag leering at naked women at a health spa exorcising and a scene with semi nude ball room dancing. Once again all the hardcore scenes are well done.
Performance wise all of the cast are very good. The most surprising performance comes from Ole Søltoft in the dual role of Anthon Master/Benny Master. He is more engaging in this film then he is in the Agent 69 Jensen films. Some of the familiar faces in the cast include Anne Bie Warburg (Justine and Juliette), Lisbeth Olsen (The Sinful Dwarf) and Poul Bundgaard (Justine and Juliette). Another performance of note is Cia Löwgren (Swedish Wildcats) in the role of Dolores Rossi, the object which two men desire.
In The Sign of the Gemini is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Judging by the framing of the image I would say that a 1.66:1 aspect ratio is closer to the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors, flesh tones, and black levels fare well all around. Details look sharp throughout. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Danish. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included.
The extra content included with this release is an image gallery that plays like a featurette with music from the film playing in the background. Overall Smirk gives In The Sign of the Gemini a strong DVD release that is on par with their other Classic Danish Erotica releases.