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Vinegar Syndrome’s The First Time/Oriental Babysitter DVD
This collection couples together two decidedly adult flicks from porn stalwart, Anthony Spinelli.
Published on November 30, 2013 | Filed under Review
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Vinegar Syndrome have been releasing two feature “drive-in collection” discs for the most part of 2013 at this point and they’ve been quite an esoteric staple in my monthly viewing since their inception. They’ve amassed a healthy collection of genre oddities and hardcore porn, sometimes with even both on the same disc. This collection couples together two decidedly adult flicks from porn stalwart Anthony Spinelli.

The sleaze exhumers at VS have already given us a dose of Spinelli with the double feature disc of Expectations/Confessions at the beginning of the year (when the label was very young) and the results were great. This release is no different and it may even be a better introduction to Spinelli’s work, depending on what you’re looking for. The former release contained two very short features, with one being a rather dark gem in his career (Expectations) and the other being a more slight and goofy affair (Confessions), with both being very heavy on the sex and not much else.

Those looking for what Spinelli excelled at (which is the sex, let’s be honest), will find plenty of that here. But, there’s also more going for these than the last batch that we got. Particularly in The First Time.

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The First Time starts out along the lines of a Crown International Pictures sex comedy from the 80s, with the credits appearing over lips set to pop music. And it sets the mood perfectly. It starts out with a bang, literally, with the opening sex scene serving its purpose both in getting the audience in gear and introducing us to the porn-shoot setting of the film. This isn’t so much movie-within-a-movie as it is just a showbiz comedy/drama with a whole bunch of XXX material. The on set stuff isn’t really a focus, for anyone expecting a narrative version of A Labor of Love, but lead Mimi Morgan plays the “first time” performer rather well.

The First Time isn’t always fun, but it certainly had my attention through its brisk, barely 70 minute, runtime. It weighs a bit too heavy on the dream/flashback sequences and the climax nears uncomfortable territory, for reasons that I won’t go into here, but it’s one of the better Spinelli features that I’ve seen and it’s great to have it here.

Oriental Babysitter

Oriental Babysitter is exactly what it sounds like. It’s not as clever or as polished as The First Time is, but it doesn’t really need to be. This one is just an excuse to get a young Asian girl front and center of the frame, usually in a state of complete or near complete undress, and it gets that job done. Almost offensively well at times. It opens with her “sexual awakening” at the hands of some creepy drunk man (while she’s supposedly 15), and then she becomes a raving sex fiend who just wants to sleep with any man or woman that will have her. And they do. That’s it for plot, which is probably for the best as judging by Wong’s seemingly tone-deaf narration, she isn’t one for dialog.

Vinegar Syndrome present these as well as can be expected, if not better. The First Time looks really good for its age, on par with some of the impeccable restorations we’ve seen from Distribpix lately, while Oriental Babysitter looks solid for the most part but starts out fairly rough. These are DVD only, which is likely due to Blu-ray being cost prohibitive for something with such a specific audience base, but one can only imagine what these could look like with a little more room to breathe. Regardless, this is a great package for Spinelli fans or those looking for a quality double-bill of 70s adult cinema, and the price is hard to pass up.

Justin holds degrees in film preservation from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and film studies from Keene State College. He writes the Geek Weird column for Geek New Wave and is currently writing a book on XXX parody films. He is a projectionist at Jacob Burns Film Center and regularly haunts NYC movie houses showing any type of genre/trash cinema.
Justin LaLiberty

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