Written by: Jimmy the Gent on January 30th, 2011
Theatrical Release Dates: Various
DVD released: December 7th, 2010
Approximate running times: 54 Minutes (Ramage (Mobility Cathexis), 71 Minutes (The Last Bath), 67 Minutes (Waltz of the Bat), 67 Minutes (It Came From Love)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: After Hours Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.99
Ramage (Mobility Cathexis): Three distinct short films that only share arthouse sensibilities. The first segment is the most realistic, featuring an attractive model that is engaged by a poser photographer (voyeur) to perform masturbation on top of an American Flag. She is very attractive and the red candle blends well with the flag. Pretty erotic, and there’s surely some symbolism here.
Next is the best and most ‘psychedelic’ segment, as a redhead strolls casually down to the beach, ties herself to a rock, and waits for the tide to come in. Intercut are her recollections of various sexual encounters. If the best way to go is while coming, she gets her wish. Some more obscure symbolism here, as a galloping stallion is intercut with, whatelse? If natural redheads (freckles, pale skin) are your thing, just ignore the whole suicide aspect. Not so easy, however, as her fear of impending death is mostly real – she’s being bashed upon the rocks by the tide as we watch.
A guy’s wet dream: two naked babes frolicking on the beach. He runs down there, smokes a cigarette, then actually sees them, sort of. He immediately commits himself and then in the ward finds himself alone with the two babes. Except they are all wearing straightjackets and no pants. Also convenient is how they eventually slither out of them (they aren’t exactly regulation issue).
The Last Bath: A stud gets picked up by interracial gal pals on their way to a weekend retreat. They take turns amid quick edits and lots of polarized effects. An episodic road film that’s rather ambiguous as to what it’s really about – which was hardly unusual for offbeat features of the time.
Waltz Of The Bat: A pudgy middle aged man runs around San Francisco in a bat cape. He’s so weird he can barely get the hippie hookers to go home with him for a 50 dollar bill. Of course, he has a supernatural power that once he has sex with a woman, she is his slave. Then he asks for his 50 smackers back, and pimps her out. Meanwhile, the immortal Queen Bee, who gave the Bat his powers to begin with, is trying to track him down. Lots of sex footage spliced together and interspersed with bizarre and corny jokes. Camp fun, even if it’s a little batty.
It Came From Love: Sort of an Outer Limits sex cheapie, an alien abducts three couples just before they get to the money shot and transports them to a closet lined with aluminum foil from top to bottom [certainly it was returned to it’s original purpose immediately following production]. Just straight hetero sex until the alien fiend forces them to have an orgy. Ah, foiled again.
All features were remastered from original film elements, in the proper fullscreen ratio. Ramage appears to have only minimal projection damage, mostly sharp details and vivid colors, though there are aberrations. Some from age, some from glare, but most appear caused by sloppy developing. Sound quality is good and you can crank the soundtrack up without ‘embarrassment. Except maybe for the drums and xylophone. The Last Bath print suffers heavy projection damage, but colors are good. Waltz Of The Bat is in good quality, while It Came From Love is fair. An insert discusses background and merits (or lack thereof) for each of the films.
Three out of four of the films present attractive sex performers and a combination of introspective drama, psychedelic effects, and camp performances to make these smut films stand out from the pack.