Written by: Cliff Wood on April 25th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1972 (Little Sisters), USA, 1971 (Powder Burns)
Director: Alex de Renzy (Both Films)
Cast: Clair Dia, Kandi Johnson, Dale Meador, Tyler Reynolds, Barry Vane (Little Sisters), George S. McDonald (Powder Burns)
DVD Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 65 minutes (Little Sisters), 72 minutes (Powder Burns)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono (Both Versions)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Little Sisters: Two sisters who live with their mom in the woods in a trailer go against their mother’s warning when they venture into the big bad woods.
This film sets itself up as a fairy tale, albeit one with very adult oriented content. The colorful cast of characters include pirates who inhabit an abandoned swimming pool, a trio of transvestites, lesbians, gay monks and an elf named Derek.
Needless to say before the mother finally tracks down her two missing daughters. Just about everyone in this film has had their way with them sexually. And when it comes to said sex scenes they are well executed. With a little bit of depravity thrown in for good measure.
This is yet another film from Alex de Renzy (Pretty Peaches) that starts off heavy off exposition moments before getting to what the Rain Coat Theater crowd all really want to see. Fortunately after this initial set up from there the film does a great job alternating exposition moments and sex scenes.
Powder Burns: A trio of outlaws known as the McNasty brothers terrorize frontier town.
Though never known as a filmmaker to make conventional films, Powder Burns is strange, even by Alex de Renzy’s standards. What sets itself up as a by the book western quickly transforms into something else when a Go-go dancer arrives out of nowhere in her little red car.
Unfortunately the bizarreness does not end there and worst yet it is about forty-five minutes into the film before any sex occurs onscreen. Ultimately there is very little in the way of redeeming value to be found in this film. And even the most diehard de Renzy find will find this film a difficult one to digest.
Vinegar Syndrome presets both films in their intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Both have varying degree of print damage, with Little Sisters being in the better shape of these two films.
Also Powder Burns print damage is more prominent as there are a handful of flare-ups that just take up most of the screen. With that being said colors and black levels fare well, details generally look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono minx in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall Vinegar Syndrome gives two of Alex de Renzy’s lesser known films their best home video releases to date.