If you’re like me, you probably often think to yourself “Oh boy, the best part of porn is the story!”
What? Just me? Come on now, I know I’m not the only one here. If I was, then something like A Touch of Genie just wouldn’t exist. But it’s ok, I know you pervs out there might be silent in your praise for story driven porn, but thanks to Vinegar Syndrome, we have a place to put our dollars.
We’ve already established one or two things here. First, you are interested in porn on Blu-ray, because if you weren’t you likely would have clicked away. Secondly, we now know whether or not you like porn storylines, based on if you said “Me too!” aloud to yourself just a second ago. If you fill both of these checkboxes, then you will want to pick up this movie. If they don’t both apply, you need not fear, this release may still be worth a look.
A Touch of Genie has a very simple plot (because let’s be honest here, porn doesn’t need anything too involved when it comes to stories, even if you dig porn plotlines). A very Jewish and very socially awkward man who runs a local market happens upon a magical lamp. (It’s more like a magical vase, but that is not the point). Let’s call this man Melvin, because that’s his name, and boy does he fulfill every stereotype that a man named Melvin conjures to mind. He is an awkward looking, extremely Jewish, and horny man with an unhealthy connection with his mother (more on this in a moment).
So Melvin stumbles upon this lamp, and, since he’s fresh from the local adult theatre, he finds it suitable to use said lamp as a sex toy–as you do. This tickles the genie inside in just the right way and out she pops (scantily clad and looking quite good I might add), offering Melvin five wishes. What a great deal!
I should say now that Melvin is not a man with great imagination. Most of his life, it seems, revolves around him going to the local adult theater and discussing the flicks with his other very Jewish best friend. No hopes or aspirations reside within either of these men, and Melvin’s mother seems to be his only motivating factor, as she stops by his work constantly telling him to find the right woman, and to get his life in order (pretty much by the book stereotypes here).
So what are his wishes?! Where is the porn!?
Well, up to this point, the only action we’ve seen are bits and pieces of the films in the theater as Melvin watches on with his hilariously bad disguise on. But here’s the kicker, and the main plot of this film. Melvin uses his wishes on a series of porn-inspired escapades for himself and basically recreates his favorite scenes. The best part of it is that he wishes to be someone else, so the actor who plays Melvin doesn’t get any action himself in the shooting of this film (talk about blue balls).
Throughout this sexy journey, the genie falls more and more in love with Melvin, which he fails to notice because he’s dealing with the very freudian problem of his mother turning up in these sexual events. I’ll leave the ending a surprise, so if you can stick around to the end you get to find out if he will get the girl or not (the genie, not his mom).
The audio and visual quality on this release are both pretty great actually. Vinegar Syndrome is one of the best in the business, when it comes to transfers. Most scenes are impressively clear and, for an old film like this, I didn’t notice myself noticing any visual or audio issues (most of the time you can definitely tell that a film has aged).
This release utilizes a mono audio track, but there’s not really anything here that would benefit from surround. This sounds like an old porno should.
There aren’t a ton of special features on this release, just two interviews and a trailer. However, each interview is nearing a half hour in length, and covers a lot of interesting topics. Plus who doesn’t want to hear all the things about porn! Also, as always, Vinegar Syndrome packages A Touch of Genie in a clear case with great double sided art.
Porn is divisive. Old porn with a ridiculous storyline is even more divisive. Chances are that this story is crazy enough to entertain most viewers, so even if you aren’t in it for the porn, it may be worth a watch. However, if you want a funny story about a helpless man getting some action that comes complete with some sexy times, then this is a definite buy.
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.