Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 26th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1976
Director: Don Jurwich
Cast: Richmond Johnson, Carol Placente, Kelly Gordon, Mother Goose, Jack beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood
DVD released: November 14th, 2006
Approximate running time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital mono
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
A cross dresser claiming to be mother goose is put on trial for obscenity and for her defense she recounts the real erotic versions of Jack in the Bean stock, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
Once Upon a Girl is an interesting by product of one of the most creative periods of filmmaking the 1970’s a time in which cinema would be pushed to the boundaries of violence and sexuality. This film was the brain child of famed animator/producer Don Jurwich who’s résumé includes The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. This film was also made at the height of porno chic and it is unlikely that anything like this will ever be made for theatrical release ever again.
Each of the three tails while familiar have just the right amount of new twists to keep you on your toes wondering what will happen next. Also the sex in this film is done in tasteful way that never becomes vulgar and even though most adult cinema benefits from being down and dirty this film works as well as it does because it doesn’t go the typical adult cinema route. The bulk of the movie is made up animation with only a few brief segments of live action where mother goose is on trial. Ultimately Once upon a Girl is a tongue and cheek retelling of some of the most fairy tales.
Severin Films presents Once upon a Girl is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This release marks the first time this film has ever been presented uncut and uncensored on DVD. Colors look lucid, balck levels look strong and details remains sharp through out. There is no noticeable print damage, artifacts, compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option an English language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Dialog is clear and easy to follow. Music and effects sound evenly balanced. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other sound defects.
Extras for this release include the films original trailer and a nine minute interview with producer William Silberkleit who discusses the various projects he has worked on through the years and he also talks in great detail about Once upon a Girl.
Severin Films continues to surprise with each new release and their latest for Once upon a Girl is another winner, highly recommended.
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