Written by: Cliff Wood on January 25th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1979
Director: Howard Ziehm
Writer: Humphry Knipe
Cast: Kari Klark, Hillary Summers, Mike Ranger, Tantala Ray
DVD Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $22.48
Synopsis: In the near future all that is left of humanity is a young woman named Star Virgin. A naïve young who has lived her entire life on a spaceship and her only companion is a robot she calls her mentor. Bored with her mundane life, she asks the mentor to teach her more about humans and their carnal desires.
StarVirgin was directed by Howard Ziehm whose other notable films include, Flesh Gordon (as a director) and Cop Killers (as a producer). A key collaborator on StarVirgin includes screenwriter Humphry Knipe (Suze Randell husband).
Content wise, this film was clearly inspired by the Star Wars phenomena. And to make up for its lack of budget the film cleverly uses the plot device of having a character inquire about events from the past. These none Sci-Fi themed moments are essentially a very brief set up and then they launch into what their sole purpose for being in this film. These scenes are the sex scenes.
The first of these historical moments takes place in the 1950’s and it revolves around a couple who have yet to go all the way with each other. From there this couple ventures into a garden of Eden type place and they encounter a snake that gets them to eat forbidden fruit. Long story short, this is basically a retelling of Adam and Eve.
The second of these historical moments goes back the furthers as a young couple find themselves in Transylvanian and their car breaks down near Dracula’s home. Hearing about their troubles they are then invited to be Dracula’s guest. And shortly after their arrival Dracula makes his true intentions known when he drugs the boyfriend. This then allows Dracula and his Richard Nixon wearing sidekick to have an orgy with the girlfriend while her boyfriend is sedated.
The third of these historical moments revolves around a star quarterback who has been taken out of the game unconscious and unresponsive. Not wanting to throw in the towel just yet to spirited cheerleaders leave the field and track down the injured player. Then they do their best to revive him and once he regains consciousness, he becomes an all too willing partner.
By this time in the film the StarVirgin character has become sexually aroused and the final sex scene features a stripper who dances with snake who invites nine men back to her place. Once there a few of her friends stop by and an orgy ensues.
Though this film sets itself up as a comedy, the humor in this film often misses the mark. And when it comes to the sex scenes things don’t fare much better. With the only moment leaving any lasting impression being the Dracula scene.
Vinegar Syndrome presents StarVirgin in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film original aspect ratio. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored from 35mm vault elements. And though the bulk of the transfer looks very clean, there are several instances where print debris in varying degrees crops up. Also the image generally looks crisp and there are no issues with edge enhancement or compression. It should be noted that Dracula scene in the film was shot in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio and it is presented this way for this release.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Background hiss is minimal, dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release are limited to an audio commentary with producer / director Howard Ziehm and moderator Joe Rubin.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, how Sue Randall recommend Kari Klark for the role of StarVirgin, the cast and information about them, locations featured in the film, why the actor in the Dracula sequences wears a Richard Nixon mask, the difficulty in raising money to make sex films and other production related topics. Overall StarVirgin gets a strong release from Vinegar Syndrome.