Written by: Cliff Wood on June 1st, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, September 13th, 1973
Director: Artie Mitchell, Jon Fontana
Cast: Marilyn Chambers, Nancy Weich, Mimi Morgan, Matthew Armon, Kandi Jones, Johnny Keyes, Dale Meador, Damona Marin, Cozy Edmundson, June Richards
DVD released: August 7th, 2002
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Mitchell Brothers
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: After a near tragic car accident a young woman named Eve tries to put the pieces of her life back together including her marriage which is on shaky ground. To further complicate things she was abused by her step father as a child which has left her unable to fully commit in a relationship. A reluctant participant at the swinger parties that her husband brings her to Eve eventually finds sexual satisfaction that has always eluded her.
How does one follow up or even top one of adult cinema’s most legendary films Behind the Green Door. In 1973 Artie Mitchell and cinematographer Jon Fontana who had also worked on Behind the Green Door would collaborate on the Mitchell brothers’ follow to Behind the Green, The Resurrection of Eve. Also returning into fold is Marilyn Chambers in the lead role of Eve. One interesting and unusual aspect of this film is that three actress are used to play the lead role of eve at various stages of her life. Nancy Weich the younger version of Eve, Mimi Morgan plays Eve before her Car accident and Marilyn Chambers plays Eve after she has recovered from the car accident. The time frame covered in the film would have been difficult to find one actress who could have portrayed Eve at these various stages of her life.
Plot wise The Resurrection of Eve is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor Behind the Green. The characters are well defined and the actors playing them are very good in their respective roles. Once again the sex scenes start off not as explicit as they would later become as the film progresses. The thirty minutes of the film revolve mostly around swinger sex parties that usual have a theme like a Toga party or a 1950’s vibe to them. The Mitchell Brothers’ approach to adult cinema is drastically different than any other of their contemporaries’ with their lack of money shots and restrain in showing the sexual act full on. Marilyn Chamber’s performance in the Resurrection of Eve in nothing short of amazing in the way she evolves Eve from a repressed housewife into a sexual exhibitionist. Overall the Resurrection of Eve is truly a monumental achievement in the world of adult cinema.
Resurrection of Eve is presented in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio. The image exhibits lucid colors and healthy looking flesh tones. The image is sharp and black levels look strong throughout. The print damage is not as prominent as it is on the Behind the Green Door DVD release. Overall this is one of the better transfers that I have seen for classic adult film from this era.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds evenly balanced and outside of some minor instances of hiss there are no major audio defects. Extras for this release include trailers for Behind the Green Door, Inside Marilyn Chambers, Autobiography of a Flea and The Grafenberg Spot.
This is yet another classic adult film that is slighted when it comes to worthwhile extra content. While this in not surprising it would be nice if classic adult films like the Resurrection of Eve where given definitive releases with extra content that offered a historical look into the making of and the legacy of these productions.