Written by: Cliff Wood on September 19th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1970
Director: Lawrence Ramport
Writers: Arthur Allen, Phil Miller
Cast: Olivia James, Beatrice Stolen, Uschi Digard, Michael Valentine, Neola Graef, Terri Johnson, Michael Donovan O’Donnell
DVD released: September 30th, 2014
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Redemption Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Two prostitutes decided that the best way to initiate the new girl is by having have sex with members of a satanic cult.
When judge just as a film, The Last Step Down fails in just about every way. The plot, at least what there is of one is anemic and though this film barley runs past the hour mark. It is tediously paced as there is never any real momentum established.
If viewed as a by the numbers soft-core romp one can almost find a few moments of enjoyment. The film’s opening moments where sinister figures in black robes proceed down a staircase and then have an orgy is this films best moment. Unfortunately from there things are on a downward spiral. The bulk of the film beyond is this scene is made up of lesbian sex scenes. And though there is a return to those sinister black robed figures later in the film. This time around this type of scene has lost some of it mystery.
One of key roles in this film is portrayed by Uschi Digard, who is most remembered for her work with Russ Meyers I films like Supervixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens. Also it should not come as a surprise that The Last Step Down was Lawrence Ramport’s one and only film as a director.
Redemption Films presents The Last Step Down in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp. There are some mild instances of print related damage and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Though there is background noise that varies in degree throughout, dialog comes through clearly enough to follow. Range wise things are very limited.
Extras for this release include trailers for Black Magic Rites, The Demoniacs, Exorcism and Marquise De Sade’s Justine. The main extra included with this release is short film titled ‘Blood lust’ (15 minutes 12 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio) that is essentially a soft-core adaption of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. Here is more info about this film taken from the back of the DVD box, ‘Blood Lust was produced for the 8mm home video market, and it was sold direct to consumers via advertisements in adult magazines’ Overall two oddities get very good audio / video presentations from Redemption Films.