Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 16th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, 1972
Director: Eberhard Schröder
Writer: Werner P. Zibaso
Cast: Lukas Ammann, Felix Franchy, Elisabeth Volkmann, Mai Ling Shan
DVD released: September 13th, 2011
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Alternate titles that this film is known under include the U.S. dubbed version under the title Massage Parlor ’73, while the film original German language title Massagesalon der jungen Mädchen, roughly translates to Massage Salon of the Young Girls.
Salon Massage was directed by Eberhard Schröder, a German filmmaker who like many of his contemporaries directed several ‘Report’ themed films, most notably the Housewives Report series.
Narrative wise, Salon Massage follows the blueprint laid out by the aforementioned ‘Report Films’, with the bulk of the film revolving around women that work a massage salon’s and their back-stories, all of which are rooted in sex. And while the main narrative is driven by its protagonist, a reporter and his quest to reunite with the woman he loves. This part of the plot quickly becomes secondary, by early on in the second act. Finally to try to keep things interesting, the film’s concludes with a ending that brings the protagonists adventure full circle, thus starting his journey once again.
What this film lacks narrative wise, it more than makes up for with its abundance of nudity, including some full frontal male nudity. It’s should go without saying that this film is basically a series of strung together sexual escapades and nothing more. And to further reinforce the in your sexuality on display, a wide variety of attractive women from various ethnic groups provide the requisite eye candy, for a film of this kind.
When compared to other ‘Report’ themed films, Salon Massage is at best a middle of the road entry in this genre.
Salon Massage is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer looks like a worn print as print debris is present throughout, it should also be noted that there are several instances in which the print damage flares up. Another issue of note is at the 24 minute 35 second mark there is a source related issues with the transfer in which the images framing is affected, this only lasts for a few seconds. Colors fluctuate and at times look muted. Black levels are at best average and details generally look crisp. There are no issues with compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been included. Though background is generally mild, it is never the less present throughout. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise this audio mix is rather limited.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Salon Massage gets a serviceable audio /video presentation from Mya Communication.