Vinegar Syndrome has released the 1977 adult comedy film Babyface in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Will this film give you a massive [CENSORED] or will you have to [CENSORED] your [CENSORED] yourself? Read on to find out!
Babyface comes from erotic filmmaker Alex deRenzy. I am in no way an expert on adult films but I found this to be quite a decently enjoyable dark comedy. The characters and dialogue are pretty over the top and humorous. I found myself smiling at the way this flick was filmed. It’s pretty entertaining during the non-adult parts with the story line.
Babyface is sort of split between a couple story lines that intersect at the first and last reels of the film. It’s also not always told in a linear fashion. One side of the story is about Priscilla who likes to tease men and her overbearing mother who thinks all men are evil and horny all the time. The other part is about Dan who is a new member to a woman-run male brothel.
Priscilla’s side of the story focuses on her school life, where she flashes the teacher and falls down at a dock and gets some “help” for her scraped knee. Her teacher is concerned about how Priscilla is acting and visits her mother at home. This is where the mom gets to explain how it’s all a male fantasy and nothing can be blamed on her sweet innocent daughter.
Dan comes to the male brothel to work, we later find out the reason why as told by flashbacks. He is basically helped by two of the workers there that give him a place to stay. The brothel is run by “Champ”, a Sandy Duncan lookalike, and features such women as: a race car driver, a designer, a lonely mom, and a woman called the “Nutcracker”. For an adult film the characters were surprisingly easy to keep track of and fairly fleshed out, no pun intended.
This is an interesting film too in the fact that the “typical” adult features have men in the power roles. It was interesting to see a female run brothel, and the dialogue where “Champ” is telling the new guy what all the rules are is great! I’m sure this isn’t the only movie or even the first movie to try something like this but it was interesting to me to see it in a 70’s film. There are a couple parts that drag the entertainment value down. There is a sexual assault scene put in that never has any repercussions that really felt out of place. It sort of ended abruptly too, but I can’t give it too much grief for that. Also with it being a 70’s adult film you get plenty of hair.
I thought that the video quality was pretty good considering the age and type of film this is. There is a warning disclaimer before the start of the film (see above screenshot) that tells how Vinegar Syndrome searched for the best possible prints. It is unfortunate that there is some water damage on reel 5. There is some film jumping and scratches but the only really noticeable part is the water damage. I don’t think it ruins the film by any means and the transfer is very well done by VS but it is worth mentioning.
The audio is DTS-HD mono. There are some pops, especially during the water damaged section at the end of the movie. The clarity in the audio is about what you would expect from an adult movie this old. The clarity is just not going to match up with higher budgeted productions even from the same time period. I feel like the audio is adequate.
Actress Molly Seagrim Interview – an almost 70 minute audio interview with actress Molly Seagrim (she plays the mother) who recounts behind the scenes stories about Babyface as well as her entry and exit from the adult industry.
Parochial Passion Princess – a short film by director Alex deRenzy.
Babyface Final Thoughts:
Adult films are not going to be something everyone wants in their collection. 1970’s adult films even more so. However if you have an interest in this specific film niche I think you are going to be very pleased with Vinegar Syndrome’s presentation. Babyface was a fun, weird, entertaining romp through the adult world crafted by Alex deRenzy.
It is amazing that we even have a high definition release for our home collections. I applaud the hard work and care spent bringing this release and the interesting special features included. If you are interested in this type of film I recommend a purchase on Amazon or other fine retailers.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.