Written by: Cliff Wood on January 28th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1985
Director: Kirdy Stevens
Writer: Helene Terrie
Cast: Ginger Lynn, Karen Summer, Kay Parker, Jamie Gillis, John Leslie, Cyndee Summers, Honey Wilder, Jerry Butler, Mike Ranger, Joey Silvera
BluRay released: January 31st, 2017
Approximate running times: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
When it comes to sequels there is an all too familiar trend to recycle what had been successful in the previous films in the series. And though this film stays true to the blueprint that was laid out by its predecessors. The end result is superb film that is arguably as good as this film that started this series.
From a production stand point this film excels in every way. The well-constructed narrative finds a perfect balance between its more dramatic moments and sex scenes. And visually this film is miles ahead of the majority of adult film from its era.
When it comes to the sex scenes the cast have a tremendous amount chemistry. There are a dozen sex scenes and a few of the standout sex scenes include, a scene where a director of the theatrical play uses the casting couch to help one of his actresses prepare for her role and the film’s finale where Jamie Gillis in the role of the psychiatrist seduces his daughter.
Not to be overlooked is this film’s exceptional cast who are all superb in their respective roles. This film’s standout performance is Ginger Lynn (Trashy Lady) in the role of the daughter how is seduced by her psychiatrist father. Another performance of note is the ever-reliable Jamie Gillis (The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Corruption) who delivers one of his strongest dramatic performance in an adult film. Other notable cast members include, John Leslie (Pretty Peaches) in the role of the uncle and Kevin James in the role of Junior and Honey Wilder in the role of Junior’s mother reprising their roles from previous films in the series. Kay Parker (Sex World) and Mike Ranger (Insatiable) appear via footage taken from the first Taboo film.
Taboo IV comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The Transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the film’s original 35mm camera negative. Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression. Quality another solid transfer from Vinegar Syndrome.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced.
Extras for this release include, reversible cover art, the script presented in an image gallery, interviews with actresses Ginger Lynn (26 minutes 43 seconds) and Karen Summer (16 minutes 43 seconds) and two audio commentaries – the first audio commentary with director Kirdy Stevens and screenwriter Helene Terrie and the second audio commentary with Ginger Lynn.
Topics discussed in the interview with Ginger Lynn include, the first time she became aware of the Taboo films due to her father being a fan of the original film, working with Kirdy Stevens, how she was initially conflicted to do the film due to its subject matter, the cast, her thoughts about the film and what is was like to work in the adult industry back when they still shot movies on film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Karen Summer include, how her work as a nude model lead to her working in the adult film industry, Kirdy Stevens, Taboo IV and its controversial subject matter, Ginger Lynn, on set memories for Taboo IV and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with Kirdy Stevens and Helene Terrie include, why they didn’t make a standalone film and why they carried over characters from previous Taboo films to give the series a continuity, how Taboo IV is Kirdy Stevens favorite films in the series, how Tracy Lords audition for the role that Ginger Lynn ended up with, the cast, the score, locations, the origins into the adult film industry and other production related topics. This is a lively track with Helene Terrie providing the bulk of the information.
The audio commentary with Ginger Lynn is a more laid back track where she spends the majority of the time talking about what occurs onscreen and revealing what she likes to do sexually. It should be noted that a lot of information from her video interview makes its way into this track.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Taboo IV gets an first rate release from Vinegar Syndrome.