Written by: Cliff Wood on May 11th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1978
Director: Carlos Tobalina
Cast: Nina Fause, Jose Ferraro, Annette Haven, Kathie Kori, Hank Lardner, Candida Royalle
DVD Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: A young woman is given a unnamed drug that unleashes her sexual inhibitions, while her mind takes her away to the jungles of Peru.
To call this film bizarre would be an understatement. For instance how many films pen with a faletio sequence with a gorilla (albeit a man in a gorilla costume)? And the strangeness does not end there as the film starts off with a young woman who has just taken a mind opening pill going back to her hotel room with several friends and then an orgy ensues. From there the plot jumps all over the place as the same young woman envisions herself with another woman for good old fashion girl on girl action. And then the next thing you know is that this film’s protagonist is now in Peru with a group of explores and they run into the most perfect male specimen that ever existed. And all the wile as these things is going there are juxtaposition shots back to the aforementioned orgy, which also happens to be the place where this films final moment takes place.
As you can clearly see this film’s narrative is all over the place and there are some serious leaps of faith required while watching this film. Fortunately what the film lacks in narrative cohesiveness it more than makes up with its steamy sex sequences which are well executed. Content wise, this film can be best describe as a hallucination gone awry.
By the latter part of the 1970’s jungle adventure films were becoming all the rage, especially in countries like Italy which produced such notable films like Jungle Holocaust and Mountain of the Cannibal God. Also though this film is clearly inspired by those types of films, its budget was minuscule compared to those aforementioned films. And yet the end result of Jungle Blue actually far exceeds its meager resources. And a lot of this has to do with the way in which this film effortlessly incorporates actual location footage from places like Peru. Overall Jungle Blue is a mildly entertaining oddity that hard-core fans of adult cinema are sure to get the most out of.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Jungle Blue in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the films intended aspect ratio. The source used is in very good shape, colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and details generally look crisp. Also there are no issues with edge enhancement or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout. There are no issues with distortion or background noise.
Extras are limited to a trailer for the film. Overall Jungle Blue gets a strong audio / video presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.