Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 4th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1987
Director: Eric Louzil
Writers: Craig Kusaba, Duke Howard, Eric Louzil
Cast: Melanie Coll, William J. Kulzer, Judi Trevor, Howard Knight, Elizabeth Carlisle, Dee Booher
DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98
Synopsis: What should have been the happiest time of her life quickly turns deadly for officer Gillian Kaites when her fiancé is killed in front of her during an undercover sting operation. Unable to cope with her loss, she quits the force and set out for the open road, destination unknown. Along the way she finds herself a victim of an organized slave trafficking ring and not one to give up without a fight, she sets a plan in motion to bring down those behind the slave trafficking ring.
Don’t be fooled by this film opening set up which revolves around an undercover police sting operation. Sure there is an abundance of action in this film and the kind of action that could only have come from the 1980’s. And yet to pin hole Lust for Freedom as solely a run of the mil action film would greatly underestimate this film undeniable power to entertain it audience. This is a take no prisoners kind of film that lays out the basic narrative and bolsters it up with exploitative elements that only further reinforce this film’s awesomeness.
Once the film gets past its open credits and settles in things really start cooking once this film’s settles into what is commonly referred to as a WIP (women in prison) film. From there the cat fights erupt and the clothes start to come off at regular inter-voles. Needless to say this is grade ‘A’ exploitation clicking on all cylinders.
Any limitations due to budgetary reasons are quickly forgotten because of Eric Louzil’s steady direction that always keeps things moving along and thus ensuring that there is never a dull moment. And when it comes to action sequences they are always a blast a to watch.
Also though this film is rooted in seedy subject matter, this does not stop some well placed humor from cropping throughout the film. Another area where this film unintentional supplies some laughs are its use of miniatures that stick out like sore thumbs.
From casting stand point they are more then adequate in their respective roles, especially Melanie Coll in the role of this film’s protagonist Gillian Kaites. In what would end up being her one and only screen performance, she turns in a strong performance that is further bolstered by her undeniable charisma. And though no other performance comes close to matching hers, the cast does feature several recognizable faces like a pair of adult film actresses, Crystal Breeze and Michelle Bauer. Not surprising that these two have a lesbian scene that ranks as the most erotic moment in this film.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Lust for Freedom in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films intended aspect ratio. Shot on 16mm and blow up to 35mm, there is a healthy layer of grain present throughout and there are a handful of times where there is a thick layer grain. Overall the source used for this transfer is in very good shape, there are no issues with compression or DNR.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Mono mix in English. Background noise is minimal, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras include a trailer for the film (3 minutes 16 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a interview with Lloyd Kaufman (10 minutes 50 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) who discusses how his company got involved in the film and its subsequent re-edit, working with director Eric Louzil, Independent cinema and the difficulty of getting said films in theaters, the film’s score and his overall thoughts on the film. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with Eric Louzil, who discusses the cast, locations used in this film, WIP films, working with Troma, how this film was released theatrically and its lasting popularity on home video. Overall Lust for Freedom gets a first rate release from Vinegar Syndrome.