Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 8th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1981
Director: Jesus Franco
Writer: Jesus Franco
Cast: Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Lynn Endersson, Antonio Rebollo, Jesus Franco, Laura García, Antonio Martín, José Luis Martínez, Gloria Menéndez
DVD released: October 20th, 2009
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono (Castilian) Spanish
DVD Release: Sinful Mermaid
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Life starts to imitate art when an actress who stage show involves aliens impregnating her encounters aliens in search of fertile women to help repopulate their planet.
If any Jess Franco films truly lives up to its title that would be “Sex in Crazy”. This film is definitely crazy and not just because the mixing of sex with aliens. The film opens and ends with Lina Romay’s character being screwed by aliens while an audience is watching. The plot as it progresses then reveals that is was all a stage show. The bulk of the film focuses around two couples made up swingers and their sexual adventures. Then Franco shifts back to the weird alien vibe he started with only to briefly abandon it until the films ending which involves those pesky aliens. So where their aliens or where they just a figment of Lina Romay’s character’s imagination. The film never makes clear what is real and what is not. So I guess we will never known truth behind the aliens’ mission. Even with a plot that is a schizophrenic as Sex is Crazy the film still bears enough of Franco’s style to make the journey all worthwhile.
The films four leads Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Lynn Endersson and Antonio Rebollo are very good in respective roles. These four actors and the rest of the cast all play several different roles in the film. Lina Romay turns in another delightful performance that is equally sensual and humorous. There are plenty of sex scenes in the film with the most bizarre ones involving the alien stage show where after each alien has sex with Lina Romay’s character her stomach expands. The most memorable moment is a foursome scene featuring the films four leads. The films score was composed by Jess Franco under the alias Pablo Villa. The film also features some music that was composed by Daniel White. Ultimately Sex is Crazy is a delirious sex comedy that masquerades as a science fiction farce.
Sex is Crazy is presented in a 1.33:1 (full frame) aspect ratio. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback. This is a clean looking transfer that in which the colors, flesh tones and black levels all fare well.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Spanish and removable English subtitles have been provided. The subtitles are easy to follow and free of errors. Dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and any background hiss is kept in check.
Extras for this release are limited to an image gallery that plays music from the film in the background. Even though this DVD release from Sinful Mermaid marks the North American DVD debut of Sex is Crazy, it was also released on DVD three years before in Spain by a company called Manga films. The audio / video presentation for the Sinful Mermaid DVD is on par with Manga films DVD release. Both releases appear to have come from the same source. Overall Sex is Crazy, gets its first English language friendly DVD release via a well rounded DVD release from Sinful Mermaid.