Written by: Cliff Wood on September 3rd, 2017
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1979 (Sunny / More Than Sisters)
Director: Shaun Costello (Both Films)
Cast: Candida Royalle, Rick Iverson, Marlene Willoughby, Jake Teague, Chula Henry, Gordon G. Duvall, Randy West (Sunny), Lynn Stevens, Jamie Gillis, Colleen Anderson, Eric Edwards, Shaun Costello, Robert Kerman, Marlene Willoughby, Roger Caine (More Than Sisters)
DVD released: August 29th, 2017
Approximate Running Times: 79 minutes (Sunny), 82 minutes (More Than Sisters)
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Sunny and More Than Sisters were written and directed by Shaun Costello, who is most known for directing the notorious adult film Water Power. Some of his other notable films as a director include, Forced Entry, The Passions of Carol, Dominatrix of Mercy and Afternoon Delights.
Sunny: Wanting to save the families fortune before her son throws it all away. The widow of a very wealthy man employees a young woman named Sunny who specializes in seducing men.
At the heart of this film is a tale rooted in greed. Where the mother character starts off as said instigator of the aforementioned greed. The protagonist who is sent as a means to obtain this goal, is ultimately seduced by her own greed.
The narrative does a great job balancing the story at hand and the sex scenes. And besides greed, other themes explored in this film include, decadent behavior and an overbearing mother who is all too close to the son that has now come to despise her.
The sex scenes are all well executed and the majority of them deliver an ample amount of heat. With the standout sex scenes, being a scene where the son character recounts his sexual education via mother to the Sunny character. Other standout sex scenes include, a photo shoot where a trio of men dress like construction workers ravage Sunny and the party scene where Sunny uses disguises to bring the once divided family back together.
And without a doubt this film’s greatest asset is its leading lady Candida Royalle who delivers alluring performance in the role of Sunny. Other notable performances include, Rick Iverson in the role of Marc Carter, the rebellious son who is hell bent on throwing away his families fortune and Marlene Willoughby in the role of Marc’s nymphomaniac mother.
The films of Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma influence this film’s narrative. Most notable Brian De Palma’s Sisters. And the musical cues in the films features selections from Bernard Herrmann’s scores for Vertigo and Psycho.
The premise of a young woman named Alice Randall, whose connection to Eva Crimmins, a Siamese twin she never knew existed is well executed. With one of this film’s greatest strengths being that way it juxtapositions imagery that further reinforces Alice’s state of mind.
The sex scenes are never erotic and the do a superb job conniving the depravity that has befallen the Alice’s sister Eva, who has spent her life an asylum. With the scene where four hospital workers restrain Eva and orgy ensues.
The performances are best described as serviceable. With this film’s strongest performance being Colleen Anderson in the dual roles of Alice Randall and Eva Crimmins. Both of these characters are in a maniac state of mind and her performance does a very good conveying this. Other recognizable cast members include, Jamie Gillis (The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Corruption) in the role of Alice’s psychiatrist, Eric Edwards (The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann) in the role of detective hired to uncover the secret lurking in Alice’s past and Robert Kerman (Cannibal Holocaust) in the role of one of the Eva’s sadistic doctor’s.
Both films are presented in their intended aspect ratios. And both transfers were sourced from 35mm archival elements. The transfer for Sunny is in very good shape and though the transfer for More Than Sisters has print related damage, it never intrusive. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and balanced throughout. It should be noted that the audio for More Than Sisters has some mild issues related to background noise.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for Sunny (4 minutes 37 seconds) and an audio commentary track with director, Shaun Costello on More Than Sisters.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary for More Than Sisters include, background information about The Fountainhead, the opening credits, the crew, the cast, the visuals, films / filmmakers that influenced the film, locations and information about the adult film industry during its Golden Age. This audio commentary about has background information about Sunny.
Overall another solid double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.