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Three Ripening Cherries / Sensual Fire 
Written by: on December 31st, 2014


Theatrical Release Dates:
USA, 1979 (Three Ripening Cherries, Sensual Fire)
Director: Carlos Tobalina (Both Films)
Cast: Dorothy LeMay, Misty Regan, Brooke West, Kitty Shayne, Mike Horner (Three Ripening Cherries), Jamie Gillis, Dorothy LeMay, Serena (Sensual Fire)

DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 81 minutes (Three Ripening Cherries), 90 minutes (Sensual Fire)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98


Both features directed by Carlos Tobalina (as Troy Benny) and featuring the themes of teenage sex and both have rather interesting plots and storylines. Both also feature Dorothy LeMay back when she still looked innocent enough to pass for a teenager (she was about 25 at the time).

Three Ripening Cherries is a memorable feature for many reasons, but primarily because it features Misty Regan in one of her first features and she’s only 16 years old. She easily passes for a high school girl and probably was one, or should have been. Brooke West, also in an early appearance and Dorothy round out the three sisters. The story begins with the mother of the three girls telling them of her past sexual experiences as a precautionary tale against casual sex. Kitty Shayne is good, but not many mothers of three teenagers have breasts that point to the ceiling while laying on their back. As in the second feature, actual sex is intercut with fantasies which results in a rather singular product. In this case, the three girls engage in some sisterly love occasionally accompanied by one or more fantasy male companions for over 30 minutes. In the final act the girls go on the prowl with humorous results.

Sensual Fire features the major thespian of adult cinema, Jamie Gillis. Here is presented his humorous and mostly sympathetic side; he could also play demented psychos with great conviction. Now he just wants to have sex with his girlfriend’s daughter and has a peephole in the office to spy upon the various activities in her bedroom. As her sexual experiences advance from masturbation to lesbian to fornication, in each instance there is intercut Jamie’s fantasies where he interjects himself into the action. So we get multiple planes of reality; multiple takes on each separate tryst, all leading to a rather satisfying conclusion to the story. Dorothy LeMay is believable as the teenager, and the cast also includes Jesie St. James as her mother.

The DVD:

As usual, Vinegar Syndrome presents both transfers in the OAR widescreen aspect ratio. Taken from the original 35mm camera negatives they reveal that Tobalina not only attracted marquee talent to his projects, but first-rate production crews as well. There’s little doubt that these titles NEVER looked this good before.

Two cumming of age tales from different perspectives but both aiming straight for the dirty old men in the audience.

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