Written by: George Pacheco on July 26th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1979
Director: Arlo Schiffin
Writer: Arlo Schiffin
Cast: Jennifer Welles, Gloria Leonard, Sharon Mitchell, Ming Toy, John Leslie, Jamie Gillis
DVD Release Date: July 12th, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Jennifer Welles may be known for her adult film career, but the popular golden age star also worked in plenty of other media, from acting and singing to dancing., making her a versatile performer far exceeding the “porn star” tag. That being said, Welles’ late period films aren’t as well documented on DVD as, say, her work for the king of artistic softcore, Joe Sarno.
This has changed with the release of Little Blue Box, as Impulse Pictures brings the last recorded adult film from Welles here to legit DVD for the first time. Granted, Alpha Blue Archives did release the film as part of a triple feature set via their grey market empire a while back, but Impulse has decided to go all the way with an anamorphic widescreen presentation from the original vault materials.
The film itself isn’t one of Welles’ best, although the actress herself is quite good in a dual role of a frigid wife and the seductive “Ms. Azure,” who tempts willing husband John Leslie with a cable box which can provide him with a bevy of pleasures. Unfortunately, this is where Little Blue Box stumbles a little, as this plot device is simply there to insert unrelated vignettes with actors unrelated to the main plot. Granted, there’s an abundance of star power here, including a memorable scene with fellow adult legend Sharon Mitchell, but it all amounts essentially to lazy filmmaking from director Don Walters, as Arlo Schiffrin.
Missteps aside, Little Blue Box still serves as a welcome home video addition for those who are new to Jennifer Welles or the Impulse Pictures line.
As mentioned earlier, Impulse Pictures presents Little Blue Box in an anamorphic widescreen presentation, in proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio. There’s a bit of scratchy print damage with which to contend, however, but this is likely not going to bother those venturing down the rabbit hole of obscure adult cinema. The colors aren’t as bold or bright as they could be, and the sound is solid, but unremarkable. Still, the presentation betters the previously available Alpha Blue disc, making this recommended to those seeking to upgrade. There are no other extras, as is the usual case with Impulse, which is a shame, as a commentary track or other background info would’ve been much appreciated. Still, kudos to Impulse for giving Little Blue Box a new home on video.