Written by: Cliff Wood on October 11th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 2004
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Cast:Andrea Davis, Isadora Edison, John Paul Fedele, A.J. Khan, Chelsea Mundae
DVD released:September 5th, 2006
Approximate running time: minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Retro Seduction Cinema
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis:Laura is a successful nude model in New York. After hearing that her aunt Cynthia is having an affair with an old lover of hers she decides to take a break from the spotlight and return to her hometown. Louise is a secretary who works with Laura’s sister Winifred. Louise one day reveals that she is really an author and that she is planning on writing a book about the various affairs that are going on around town. Things are just heating up and when Laura arrives the things will only get hotter.From his debut with 1961’s Nude in Charcoal and over the course of the next fifteen years through his 1976 film Misty, Joseph W. Sarno was one of the premiere filmmakers of the soft core feature films. After initially resisting Sarno would make the switch to directing hardcore films up until his last film 1985’s Little Oral Annie Takes Manhattan. After a twenty year hiatus he would return to the director chair in 2004 with the film Suburban Secrets.
Joseph W. Sarno shows he still has what it takes to make a soft core masterpiece. Right from the opening credits and throughout the film he shows his knack for choosing some of the most inventive and interesting shots of love making. The films plot like many of Sarno’s previous films tackles taboo subjects like a brother and sister who are intimate lovers. The film also explores the older woman younger lover relationship. The sex scenes are all well done and will have your blood pressure rising in no time.
The acting while not as good as it could have been does feature some great performances from A.J. Khan and Isadora Edison. Ultimately whether you will enjoy this film comes down too two things. If you torrid tales about naked women who are sexual uninhibited then you will thoroughly enjoy this film, if you are not a fan of these things then stick to the politically correct trash Hollywood churns out on a daily basis
Suburban Secrets is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The image looks sharp and remains stable through out with solid colors and natural flesh tones. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog is clear and easy to follow. Music and effects sound balanced as they never distort the rest of the mix.
Extras for this release are spread over two DVD’s.
The only extra on the first DVD is a ten minute featurette titled “Inside Suburban Secrets” which includes comments about the film from cast and crew.
Extras on the second DVD include a trailer for Suburban Secrets and a gallery of trailers for other films also directed by Joseph W. Sarno. Other extras include two featurette’s the first one titled “Lake Placid Film Festival” and the other one titled “Behind the Scenes”. “Lake Placid Film Festival” is a in depth look at the festival and “Behind the Scenes” includes several on the set clips and comments from cast & crew. The main extra on the second DVD is the eighty two minute version of Suburban Secrets titled “Hot T.V. Cut”. Even though it is cool that an alternate version of the film was included this shorter version pales in comparison to Joseph W. Sarno’s director’s cut. Rounding out the extras is liner notes about Joseph W. Sarno and Suburban Secrets.
After almost thirty years since his last film Joseph W. Sarno picks up right where he left off with his latest soft core masterpiece Joseph W. Sarno. Overall Seduction Cinema Suburban Secrets is a solid release that comes with a few interesting extras.