Written by: George Pacheco on January 6th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1985 (The Ribald Tales of Canterbury, Tasty)
Director: Bud Lee (Both Films)
Writers: Hyapatia Lee, Geoffrey Chaucer (The Ribald Tales of Canterbury), Hyapatia Lee, Bud Lee (Tasty)
Cast: Hyapatia Lee, Coleen Brennan, Peter North, Mike Horner, Page Turner, Gale Force
DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 90 Minutes (The Ribald Tales of Canterbury), 85 Minutes (Tasty)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: XXX (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Vinegar Syndrome has become synonymous with primo restorations of classic adult cinema, and this Hyapatia Lee double feature of The Ribald Tales of Canterbury and Tasty-two of the final, “big” budgeted 35mm feature films of the era-is certainly no exception.
Indeed, if there’s a more fun look back at old school adult cinema out there at the moment, it would be difficult to find, as both of these films run with a fast ‘n loose sense of humor which makes them light and breezy watches, easy to enjoy both as a film buff or adult cinema expert. The Ribald Tales of Canterbury is a period piece based upon the literary works of Geoffrey Chaucer, and takes the more sexualized stories of the Middle Ages and adds a triple X twist to the proceedings.
The cast features among the very best actors from both sexes, including Mike Horner and Colleen Brennan, the latter of which had already proven herself as one of the most capable actress from the 70s sexploitation scene.
Hyapatia Lee herself also turns in an excellent performances as “The Hostess,” who hosts a storytelling contest with the cast as they make their way on horseback on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury. Each story is acted out with varying degrees of success and eroticism, with the average being quite high, as most of the cast manage to keep their performances reined in their respective characters. It’s a hugely fun and enjoyable romp, particularly when taking into account that the video age was already hitting the adult scene with a vengeance.
Tasty actually serves as a good contrast to this point, serving as a much brighter and modernized slice of adult cinema, very much indicative of the mid 80s in which it was filmed. The film is a raunchy and comedic couple of days in the life of a radio station, filled to the brim with sex scenes, but also with the sort of capable performances and storyline present within its Canterbury counterpart.
The film’s 80s rock and New Wave soundtrack is particularly effective, especially when Hyapatia Lee mimes her shameless rip off of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”-here titled as “Hit Me With Your Wet Shot” in complete New Wave hair do and make up. It’s a really fun scene which works well, and is shot in the quintessentially over-saturated style present from the days of music video. Sexually, Tasty also shines from first scene to last, always with that light hearted tone which reminds audiences of a bygone time from the world of adult cinema.
Vinegar Syndrome does a great job with both films here, as Tasty and The Ribald Tales of Canterbury both look and sound great, all from their original materials and in the proper aspect ratio. Extras include a full length director commentary from Bud Lee for Canterbury, while Tasty receives an on camera interview with Lee, detailing his involvement in both films. This is one outstanding release from Vinegar Syndrome.