Written by: Cliff Wood on February 19th, 2017
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1977 (The Night Bird), USA, 1976 (Night of the Spanish Fly)
Directors: Felix Daniels (The Night Bird), Bob Mason (Night of the Spanish Fly)
Cast: Christie Ford, Marc Valentine, David Morris, Michael Ronds, Lou Falco, Beth Anna, Robert Kerman, Sharon Mitchell, Herschel Savage (The Night Bird), Angel Barrett, The Pachucho Sisters, Jeffrey Hurst, Ed Marshall, Juliet Graham (Night of the Spanish Fly)
DVD Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Approximate Running Times: 75 minutes (The Night Bird), 73 minutes (Night of the Spanish Fly)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
The Night Bird: Southside is a leisure suit wearing young man who with his two childhood friends cruises the Big Apple looking for a good time.
The adult film industry since its early days has never shied away from making X rated versions of popular Hollywood films. Case in point, The Night Bird which draws its inspiration from Saturday Night Fever. And when compared to other adult themed ‘Clones’ this film is a few notches above its contemporaries.
Besides using Saturday Night Fever as its jumping point, there are many instances where this film mirror’s scenario’s that aforementioned film’s protagonists’ experiences. And the similarities don’t end there, The Night Bird features a disco infused score that is infectious.
Another area where this film stands out from its contemporaries is how long it takes before it gets to its first sex scene. And though the film opens with what appears to be a sex scene, this quick flashback moment is at best soft-core. With the bulk of this film’s sex scenes taking place in the latter half of the film.
When it comes to the sex scenes the majority of them are fellatio and a lot of the actual intercourse that takes place straddles the line between soft-core and hardcore. Though there are sixteen sex scenes, they are usually only a few minutes long. With the majority of them culminating with a money shot.
Performance wise the entire cast are all enjoyable in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performances are being Christie Ford (Debbie Does Dallas) in the role of Maggie, the owner of a disco sex club and Marc Valentine (Maraschino Cherry) in the role of Southside, Valentine delivers his best John Travolta impersonation. Other notable cast members include, Sharon Mitchell (The Violation of Claudia, Maniac), Herschel Savage (Trashy Lady) and Robert Kerman (Cannibal Holocaust, Corporate Assets) who portrays a drunk patron who gets private dance lessons from Maggie.
Night of the Spanish Fly: A community becomes sex crazed, when a shipment of Gogo wieners is laced with the aphrodisiac Spanish Fly.
The narrative features a series of sex scenes that are all introduced by a narrator who gives background information about each rendezvous. And in-between each of these scenario’s there is a couple who are listening to a radio station that gives periodical updates about the Spanish Fly outbreak. There is a tongue and cheek take on the story at hand and the name of the radio station is WFUCK and their slogan is we fuck radio.
There are six sex scenes and they are best described as serviceable. The humor even works its way into many of the sex scenes and the infamous Gogo wiener hot dogs are strategically played during the sex scenes. The most interesting sex scenes include, a scene where a young woman who seduces her teacher for a better grade and a scene where a cosmetic saleswoman turns on a Gay photographer.
Both films are presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains their original aspect ratios. And both transfers were sourced from each film’s original 35mm negative. Both transfers are in very good shape, colors look nicely saturated and accurate, flesh tones look healthy, details look sharp and there are no issues with edge enhancement or compression.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced.
Extras for this release are trailers for each film.
Overall another solid audio / video presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.