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The Ultimate Pleasure / I Am Always Ready 
Written by: on August 5th, 2014

Theatrical Release Dates:
USA, 1977 (The Ultimate Pleasure), USA, 1978 (I Am Always Ready)
Director: Carlos Tobalina (Both Films)
Cast: Kristine Heller, Jeff Lyle, Nina Fause, John Holmes, Paul Thomas, Annette Haven, Candida Royalle (The Ultimate Pleasure), John Holmes, Ronie Ross, Fernando Fortes, Mike Horner, Paul Thomas (I Am Always Ready)

DVD Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 72 minutes (The Ultimate Pleasure), 71 minutes (I Am Always Ready)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98

Both of these films were directed by Carlos Tobalina whose other notable films include Marilyn and the Senator and Jungle Blue.

The Ultimate Pleasure: Trying to save what is left of their marriage a young couple seeks help from well-known sex therapist.

When it comes to adult cinema a little bit of exposition is welcome. Then there are films like The Ultimate Pleasure which opens with a five minute orgy sequence that is never explained or referenced too at any later point in the film. Then from there things go from one extreme to the next as the film spends the majority of the first act bogged down in said exposition. Thankfully things pick up by the middle act and the remainder of the film finds a good balanced between sex and melodrama.

Though the cast does feature several recognizable faces like John Holmes, Annette Haven (Barbara Broadcast) and Paul Thomas. Unfortunately none of the characters in this films are remotely likable and the performances are at best adequate. And worst of all of the sex scenes are too mechanical and lacking any heat.

I Am Always Ready: A wealthy woman uses her sizable financial resources to make her dream of being in an adult film with John Holmes.

Narrative wise, though not as disjointed or confusing as The Ultimate Pleasure. This film is also not without its own share of flaws. Content wise, this is essentially a film within a film set up that follows around this films protagonists as she films an adult film.

Unfortunately her direction is flat, the acting is limp and sex scenes are often underwhelming, especially the climatic orgy with Paul Thomas and John Holmes. Overall I Am Always Ready is a forgettable adult film that fails to exploit its interesting premise.

The DVD:

Both films are presented in anamorphic widescreen presentations that preserves their original aspect ratios. Also both of these new 2k scans were sourced from each film’s original 35mm camera negatives. Both transfers are in very good shape as colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels are well and outside of few moments, details generally look crisp. Also both are well authored transfers and there are no issues with compression.

Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are no issues with distortion or background noise, everything sounds and dialog comes through clearly.

Extras are limited to a trailer for each film. Overall another eclectic pair of films make their way to DVD via a more then affordable double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.

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