Written by: Cliff Wood on June 25th, 2017
DVD Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Approximate Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Never Sleep Alone was directed by Kemal Horulu, whose other notable films include, Some Like It Violent, Lustful Feelings and Woman in Love: A Story of Madame Bovary. The cinematographer on Never Sleep Alone was Ken Gibb (Massacre Mafia Style, The Witch Who Came from the Sea) who is also known for being 1/3 of the fictional Lewis Brothers. Never Sleep Alone shares Plato Retreats footage with When She Was Bad.
They sure don’t make film’s like this anyone more. This film was made at the tail end of an era, when acting, plot and production vales mattered. The premise is superbly executed and the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being, Tina Marie (under the pseudonym Victoria Jackson) in the role of Lisa Alexander, a housewife who becomes jealous of her husband’s affair with the next-door neighbor. It is her character that this film’s narrative is anchored around and she delivers a superb performance that makes her characters fate all the more convincing.
Other notable cast members include, Joanna Storm (Her Wicked Ways) in the role of Natalie, the woman next door who Lisa’s husband becomes infatuated with and Honey Wilder (Taboo II) in the role of Diana, a woman who arranges the various sexual rendezvous for Lisa and her husband. Notable male cast members include, John Leslie (Love Slaves) in the role of the husband, Joey Silvera (That’s Outrageous) in the role of husband’s business partner and Ron Jeremy providing comic relief as a part guest at the scene that takes place at Plato Retreats.
Though this film finds a very satisfying balance between it sex scenes and dramatic moments. One must not undervalue the quality of said sex, which are all well executed and they deliver an ample amount of heat. Standout sex scenes include, the aforementioned orgy sequence at Plato’s Retreat, the scene where the husband finally hooks up with Natalie and an S & M sequence with Sharon Mitchell (The Violation of Claudia) in the role of a dominatrix.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Never Sleep Alone is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the film’s original 35mm camera negative. The source used is in great shape, colors look accurate, details look crisp, there are no issues with compression and back levels remain strong throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 35 seconds) and an audio interview with actress Joanna Storm (78 minutes 32 seconds).
The audio interview plays over the film like an audio commentary track and topics discussed include, her introduction into the adult film industry, various films that she has appeared in, actors / actresses that she has worked with, onset memories, the adult film industry and how is has changed since the days when she worked in it.
Overall Never Sleep Alone gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.