Written by: Cliff Wood on August 11th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1983 (My Sinful Life / Las Vegas Girls)
Director: Carlos Tobalina (Both Films)
Cast: Tom Byron, Danielle, Brooke Fields, Helga Gabor, Jamie Gillis, Rita Ricardo (My Sinful Life), Karen Hall, Dan Boulder, Jesse Ronald, Liz Renay (Las Vegas Girls)
DVD Release Date: July 21st, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 83 minutes (My Sinful Life), 81 minutes (Las Vegas Girls)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
My Sinful Life: A young woman goes to college and along the way she gets a job at a brothel and meets her birth parents.
Though this film deals with the same thing that made Taboo one of the more successful adult films from its era. The tone of this film and the aforementioned Taboo couldn’t be further apart, since My Sinful Life goes about its business in a tongue and cheek way.
From the get go the film delves into its protagonist’s back-story as she tells her aunt whom she is now staying with that her adoptive parents taught everything she knows about sex. And apparently even her brother gets in on the act whenever he stop by to visit the family. From there the narrative does a slight detour as the bulk of the film is spent with the protagonist having sex with clients’ at the brothel she now works at. Of course the taboo subject matter the drove this film’s opening act comes back for the film’s finale as the protagonist finally finds out who her birth parents are.
When it comes to this film’s sex scenes the ones which make up the protagonist recalling her back-story and a scene with the legendary Jamie Gillis (The Opening of Misty Beethoven) are the scenes that have the most heat, while the remaining scenes are hit and miss, leaning more towards the latter. Also a special mention goes to the delirious songs which open and close this film. They spell out explicitly everything which unfolds in this film.
Las Vegas Girls: The wealthy parents of a runaway teen hire a pair of private detectives to look for their missing daughter.
Trying to sustain a narrative with not much more than a series of loosely tied together sex scenes makes for a long drawn out viewing experience. And when it comes to said sex scenes they lack spontaneity and best described as adequate. With the film’s only moment sexually that leaves any lasting impression being its finale which features inter-cutting between two scenes. Another area where this film often is lacking are the performances from its cast, who to their credit are given very little to work with in regards to dialog and back-stories. And though it is not enough to save this sinking ship. There is no denying the enthusiasm of the two detective characters have for their work as they have sex with anyone and everyone whom might have encountered this girl at some point during their life.
Vinegar Syndrome present both films in anamorphic widescreen that preserves their intended aspect ratios. The sources used for both are in great shape and any print related damage is minimal. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp. Also there are no issues with compression and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Both sound clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for each film. Overall a pair of Carlos Tobalina films get strong audio / video presentations from Vinegar Syndrome.