In the 1920s, heiress Bo Derek (looking wildly anachronistic) seeks to learn the ways of ecstasy. (Don’t get mad at me. I didn’t make this up.) Accompanied by her best friend and faithful chauffeur George Kennedy (here making a huge career step down from such *ahem* highs as The Concorde: Airport ‘79), she hares off to Morocco, inspired by Valentino movies to give her virginity to a sheik. When he fails to come through in the clutch, she next turns her sights on a Spanish bullfighter….He turns out to be the man of her dreams all right, but then a bull nails him where it counts. Shock! Drama!
All of this silliness climaxes (sorry) in the most ludicrous dry-ice infested sex scene ever committed to film. Porn directors everywhere slit their wrists at the sight of their art being so degraded. But the real pleasure comes from the dialogue (written by director and husband-to-sexbombs John Derek), which is spectacularly overripe (maybe he was thinking about the lines he spoke when he acted in The Ten Commandments), but is delivered by Bo with all the inflection and conviction of a plank of wood. Truly classic stuff. Oh yeah, and it’s about as erotic as a tax form.
This is a rather uninspiring 2.0 mix. There is some good thunder and similar surround effects, and that hilarious dialogue comes through without distortion. The music is a bit thin sounding. In its defence, the movie is over twenty years old, now, and I’m not sure exactly who was clamouring for its DVD release.
There is some grain and artifacting present, primarily during the night scenes. The blacks, however, are good. Colours and all-important flesh tones are good, and the sharpness level is quite acceptable. A perfectly acceptable transfer of a very, very awful film.
Sadly, nothing but the trailer. But it’s pretty funny in its own right. The menu is basic.
Anyone hoping for anything remotely good or sexy should stay far, far away. But for seekers after the wretched, this is tasty meat indeed.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer