Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 7th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1970
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Writer: Joseph W. Sarno
Cast: Uta Erickson, Sheila Britt, Barbara Lance, Nick Linkov, Aaron Green, Linda Boyce, Alex Manna
DVD released: April 19th, 2011
Approximate running time: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A young woman named Marcy, who has been renting a farm house from her childhood sweetheart that she still has strong feelings for. To complicate matters even more she shares the farm house with a girlfriend, who she is also romantically involved with. Will her inability to commit in either of these relationships push her lovers away or will she finally decide who she loves more?
Marcy was written and directed by Joseph W. Sarno, one of the premiere filmmakers working in soft core erotica in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Some of his more notable soft core films include Inga, All the Sins of Sodom and Vampire Ecstasy. And like many of his contemporaries Joseph W. Sarno would make the transition from soft core erotica to hard core sex films.
The plot is anemic, the sex scenes while often abrupt, they are glue that holds the poorly constructed narrative together. The dialog is excruciating, the characters are woefully underdeveloped and they are all devoid of any sympathy. The direction is often flat, the pacing is lethargic and none of the performances leave any lasting impression. And even though this film was originally given an X rating, there is nothing even remotely hard core about any the sex being depicted on screen.
Billed as a lost film and until this DVD release this film had not been seen in over forty years. So while the end result if far from Joseph W. Sarno’s finest moment as a filmmaker, it does feature many of the themes that are rampant throughout his vast filmography. With this being said outside of Joseph W. Sarno completist’s, it is hard to imagine anyone else being drawn to this oddity.
Code Red Presents Marcy in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. It should be noted that there are a handful of instances where the image looks a tad too tight. There are several instances where the print damage flares up. The source used is in pretty rough shape as print debris varies in degree throughout, colors look muted, black and contrast levels generally look very poor. Reportedly this is one of a handful of Joseph W. Sarno films that were thought to have been lost forever. So considering how hard it has been to track down any materials for this film. The source used is most likely as good as this film is ever going to look. Also it should be noted that there are several instances were a watermark appears on the edge of the frame.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English and the audio does not fare much better than the transfer. There is background noise throughout and some instances of distortion. Also there several instances in which the dialog gets obscured by the rest of the soundtrack, making it hard to discern what is being said.
Extras for this release are limited to an audio commentary with frequent Joseph W. Sarno collaborator David DeCoteau and this track is moderated by Gino Colbert a veteran adult film actor and director. Since neither of them actually worked on Marcy, it should not come as a surprise that their comments have nothing to do with this film. And while this is not a movie specific audio commentary, it is still fascinating and insightful looking into the films of Joseph W. Sarno and the adult film industry in the 1970’s. This release comes with no menu, the film starts after a image for something referred to as Deweyvision, then a brief text explaining how to access the audio commentary and then the film finally starts. Overall Code Red rescue a rarely seen film from Joseph W. Sarno and give it serviceable release.