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Love Slaves – Vinegar Syndrome 
Written by: on February 10th, 2017

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Directors: Bob Chinn
Writer: Michael Klinger
Cast: John Leslie, Enjil von Bergdorfe, Desiree West, Laura Bourbon, Vicky Lyon, Tanya Shea, Veronica Taylor, Alain Patrick, Turk Lyon, Sharon Thorpe, Janis Lake, Astrid Gordon, Georges Malu

DVD Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Approximate Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98

Synopsis: A mad hypnotist has his minions abduct beautiful young women that are drugged and hypnotized then conditioned to serve as both sex slaves and assassins. But fear not for detective Blake is on the case.

This is one of the best realized examples of ‘porno chic’ because it features plot, script, location shots, suspense, graphic violence, and decent acting. It’s also an early starring role for John Leslie (Pretty Peaches, Insatiable) and gives him an actual chance to act – he spends much more screen time clothed than not.

After the first romantic liaison [sex scene] Leslie’s stud duties are over. We witness a number of abductions and then experience what director Bob Chinn (Hot & Saucy Pizza Girls, Sadie) could accomplish with an empty basement, a mannequin, a hooded dummy, and some shag throw rugs. Add drugged naked women and some suited thugs and you have the secret lair of the nefarious Dr. Severin. Played by Alain Patrick (Blue Money, Drum) in a non-sex role, his reflective glasses provide a bit of anonymity and are used to good effect in several artistic and even avant garde images. The best sex performer here is exotic Desiree West (SexWorld), without a doubt, but the female cast includes both obscure starlets and one-shot amateur talent that certainly help carry the abducted girl-next-door concept.

The DVD:

Love Slaves is presented uncut and in an anamorphic widescreen. The film has been scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm archival elements. The source used is in very good shape and when compared to previous home video releases, this new transfer blows them all away. The audio sounds clean and balanced throughout.

Extras include an introduction before the film and an interview with director Bob Chinn (11 minutes 20 seconds).

Topics discussed include, how the film was inspired by a Japanese film titled Love Robots, why he couldn’t make the film in Los Angeles, Alain Patrick and Blue Money, shot the film on 16mm and why he used a pseudonym on the hardcore films he directed at the beginning of his career and how he enjoyed shooting films in San Francisco more than Los Angeles.

This title has always had a troubled release history, with VCR Co. actually replacing the rape / murder scene with a contemporary sex scene in their mid 80’s VHS release. Talk about incoherence, that scene motivates the entire final act of the movie. And though this film finally did receive a fully uncut release from Alpha Blue Archives, the source of that release was not in the best of shape. Fortunately, for fans of classic adult cinema there are companies like Vinegar Syndrome who give these films their definitive releases.

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