ALL THE SINS OF SODOM / VIBRATIONS REVIEWED
Joseph Sarno is one of those sleazy directors that makes genre film nerds so uncomfortable. I don’t get it, as I can think of many of his Italian contemporaries that went super darker. “All the Sins of Sodom” and “Vibrations” were Sarno’s attempts at bringing lesbians to the Grindhouse. The first movie is all about a man’s hang-ups about lesbians controlling sexuality around him. Hell, the photographer is so minimized by the sexy ladies that it’s pretty progressive.
Then, there’s the far more base “Vibrations”. Basically, it’s about a woman who loves girls so much that she contemplates committing incest with her sister. While both films are indicative of the Sexual Revolution, they approach the material with the grace of a 10 year old boy talking about his Canadian girlfriend. From a historical standpoint, it’s cute to see how much Sarno gets wrong when trying to cover sex. But, he approaches issues like lesbianism with such a schlocky touch that it becomes endearing in a way.
Well, if this review doesn’t scare away the SJWs, then they need to prepare for my epic diatribe about “Bat Pussy”. It’s coming before the end of the year.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 9/26/17
Video - 95%
Audio - 93%
Supplemental Material - 93%
Film Score - 93%
The Plot Thus Far
Newly restored to High Definition from the original film elements, All the Sins of Sodom / Vibrations, directed by 'the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd St.,' Joseph W. Sarno, is the second entry in the definitive series celebrating one of the most gifted pioneers of the sexploitation genre. These two seminal films are now being released for the first time on Blu Ray.
Encouraged by his agent, struggling NYC photographer Henning begins a daring portfolio of his model, Leslie. But all too soon, jealousies erupt when another model vies for his camera and bed. A strikingly filmed, penetrating study of ambition, romance and lust set in the world of 1960s fashion photography, All the Sins of Sodom is sexploitation auteur Sarno at the top of his game.
Aspiring poet Barbara moves to Manhattan to jump-start her career and sex life, only to spend her evenings listening to the sounds of her neighbor s vibrator. When her extroverted sister Julie comes to town, Barbara is forced to confront her repressed sexual desires. An early classic by sexploitation director Sarno, Vibrations is classy and sophisticated, beautifully shot, a juicy script, filled with wonderful performances and sexy as hell.
The double feature includes rare bonus material, including an interview with Director, Joseph W. Sarno; All the Sins of Sodom film commentary by Peggy Steffans-Sarno; Vibrations film commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Vibrations mini-commentary by Peggy Steffans-Sarno.