Vinegar Syndrome’s Champagne For Breakfast DVD Release
A playful and sincere adult film that may serve as a carnal gateway to other films of this type.
Published on March 2, 2015 | Filed under Review
Champagne for Breakfast

As much as I eagerly anticipate Vinegar Syndrome’s pristine Blu-ray editions of adult cult classics like Pretty Peaches or Sex World, I get even more excited when they highlight a film that I’ve never heard of. Such is the case with 1980’s Leslie Bovee starring Champagne for Breakfast. Prior to Vinegar Syndrome’s announcement, I had never heard of this title albeit being a fan of Bovee as well as of her co-stars John Leslie and Kay Parker, but I’ve found a new favorite.

Champagne for Breakfast is the type of adult film that I think a lot of fans of this type of cinema tend to assume there are more of than there are, which is really accessible. We tend to think that we can pop in some Golden Age porn-chic and that other viewers will not only appreciate it in the way that we do, but that they won’t be immediately offended by it as well. That’s not an easy feat, and certain viewers are bound to never accept any material of this nature, regardless of demeanor, but Champagne pulls it off. This is as playful, sincere and legitimately entertaining a adult film that I’ve seen and it could serve as the perfect gateway to the carnal, or even educational, pleasures that other films of this type can offer. It helps that it’s a fairly lean 102 minutes, with none of the sex scenes overstaying their welcome and the narrative moving at a good pace. This one is both difficult to find boredom in and moves quick enough to not let anything… linger.

Champagne for Breakfast

All of this isn’t to say that Champagne for Breakfast is light fare, either in its sexual explicitness or in its abilities as a film. This is both quality filmmaking and quality hardcore content, with pretty much all bases covered in ample doses. The story here concerns title character Champagne (Bovee) who is a marketing executive that goes on a vacation in search of a sexual awakening. But she needs a driver/bodyguard to take care of her and John Leslie is a bouncer that needs a job, only Champagne would want a gay man for that. So, he pretends to be gay. And the rest of the story just happens. It’s actually fairly clever and gets quite funny at times, with the cast being noteworthy for the film’s duration.

This is directed by Chris Warfield, who VS released a two-pack of features by recently titled Purely Physical and Cathouse Fever, and he handles it all rather well. This is quite a step up in appearance to the aforementioned titles, with it all being rather aesthetically pleasing, albeit not very colorful, and both the story and sex really carrying things equally. Speaking of the sex, you get all sorts here with the highlight being a four person, 3 guys, 1 Leslie Bovee, orgy that is exceptionally well shot and staged. I don’t want to list everything that happens here, but you won’t be disappointed and, as mentioned initially, this isn’t going to get too extended or clinical. It’s all really fun and surprisingly charming.

Champagne for Breakfast

VS’s DVD only presentation of this is very solid. Obvious restoration work has been done here, with the overall appearance being very clean with solid blacks and vibrant colors (where applicable). Audio is only mono but I never had any issues hearing anything and, better than that, I noticed no overbearing hissing or popping. Usual high marks here for VS.

The only special features provided are hard and soft theatrical trailers as well as soft cuts of sex scenes, which are interesting for comparison’s sake. Very nice release from VS of a film that I never knew existed until now, and now I can’t wait to tell everyone about it. The best part is, I think that most will actually enjoy this one. No more surprise enema scenes for those prudish folk out there!

Justin LaLiberty holds degrees in film preservation from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and film studies from Keene State College. He is the Creative Manager at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers and is an itinerant projectionist, ready to run reels if you've got 'em.
Justin LaLiberty