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Night Caller 
Written by: on February 20th, 2018

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1975
Director: Anthony Spinelli
Writer: Dean Rogers
Cast: David Book, Monique Starr, Joan Devlon, Ken Scudder, Valerie Franklin

DVD released: February 27th, 2018
Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99

“Robert is a lonely young man who takes pleasure in making obscene phone calls to strangers. His obsession, however, is the beautiful woman who lives across from him. After spying on her making love to her husband, Robert arranges for the two of them to accidentally meet. Beginning a slow and calculated seduction effort, Robert’s grip on fantasy vs reality begins to slip, sending him into a downward spiral of increasingly perverse sexual desires.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor

Night Caller was directed by Anthony Spinelli, whose other notable films include, The Seduction of Lyn Carter, Aunt Peg, Talk Dirty to Me, SexWorld, Nothing to Hide and Dixie Ray Hollywood Star.

In the 1970’s there were a handful of XXX films, that featured isolated loners whose frustration led to a violent outburst. Some of the more notable example of these type of films include, Forced Entry, The Intrusion and Water Power.

This brings us to Night Caller, a film that has many of the same elements that are core to those aforementioned films. And yet, the end result is a film that never comes to matching these films in regards to depravity.

With that being said, though this film lacks in regards to depravity. It does not skim when it comes to its sinister tone. And nowhere is this more evident, then David Book’s portrayal of this film’s protagonist. He delivers an utterly convincing performance that perfectly captures his characters state of mind. Another strength of his performance is his characters tone of voice, when he is interacting via obscene phone calls.

In total there are six sex scenes and the standout sex scenes include, a scene where the protagonist calls a prostitute, who allows him too listen in on a sex act and this film’s final sex scene, where the protagonist has gained the confidence of his neighbor that he has been spying on. And once inside of her apartment, he reveals to her his identity, before he assaults her.

The DVD:

Vinegar Syndrome presents Night Caller in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 16mm vault elements. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and details look crisp.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio is in good shape and dialog comes through clearly.

This release comes with no extra content.

Overall Night Caller gets a strong audio / video presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.

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