Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 12th, 2008
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
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Castilian
DVD Release: Manga Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Spain)
Retail Price: $18.95
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 full frame aspect ratio. The framing doesn’t look cropped or too tight. It looks like this film’s original aspect ratio would be about a 1.66:1 ratio. This transfer looks surprisingly good with strong colors, accurate flesh tones, details look crisp and there is no print damage. This is one of the better Jess Franco transfers from Manga Films.
One audio option has been included for this release a Dolby Digital mono mix in Castilian. Outside of some minor hiss the audio is clear and there are no issues with distortion. There are no subtitle options for this release.
Extras for this release include cast & crew lists, extensive filmographies for Lina Romay, Robert Foster & Jess Franco and liner notes about the film written by Francesco Cesari & text piece written by film critic Ramon Freixas. Other extras include the feature length film “See you Later Cowabunga” directed by José Roberto Vila and extras related to this bonus feature. Jess Franco and Lina Romay both appear in “See you Later Cowabunga”.
Overall Sex is Crazy comes with a solid audio/video presentation and the affordable price makes up for the lack of English subtitles. Despite the lack of English subtitles the film is still easy enough to follow since there is very little dialog in the film.