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February 25, 2011

Movie Review: The Booby Hatch (DVD, Synapse Films)

Synapse Films brings this zany 70's T&A sexploitation flick to DVD.

Film: 3/5
Ah the 70's. An era filled with sex, rock n' roll, drugs and most importantly, groovy cinema. Kids were taken to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars, everyone was terrified to go into the water with Jaws and the world was possessed with fear by The Exorcist. The 70's were a decade to remember with countless classic films, no matter what the genre. Hell, the 70's are also considered the Golden Age of Porn. Debbie did Dallas, Deep Throats were introduced and John Holmes changed pornography with his long john. If I had a time machine, without a doubt I would go back to experience this rad age.

Buy The Booby Hatch on DVD

Another genre of film was on the rise, sexploitation. Nudity was becoming less of a taboo subject, evident by Russ (King of the Nudies) Meyer, director of many a flicks with sexy nude women. The Booby Hatch is a film in aforementioned genre. It's politically incorrect, schlocky and of course has an abundance of sex & boobs. We're introduced to the extremely dense and naive, Cherry Jankowski. Cherry is a product tester for Joyful Novelties, a company that manufactures sex toys. Their best product tester, Marcello Fettucini, is having some difficulty. He's got a case of limp dick and can't test the new toys. As I'm sure you know by now, this is one hell of a goofy film. It's humor and hi jinks are definitely a product of it's time. The fashion, hairdo's and music all give it that grainy 70's charm.

DVD: 4/5

* Anamorphic Widescreen 1.66:1 Transfer
Booby Hatch looks pretty good for being a low budget sex comedy. Synapse always delivers the goods when it comes to picture quality.

* English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Audio is fine, only blame would be it's low budget roots.

Bonus Features: 4.5/5

Audio Commentary w/ Directors John Russo/Ruddy Rici & Producer Russell Streiner

* "A Flyboy in Earth Shoes" Featurette
Interview with David Emge, Flyboy from Dawn of the Dead. His role in Booby Hatch is minor, but memorable as a wannabe gangster.

* The Liberation of Cherry Jankowsky - Alternate Feature
Synapse has included a feature film with footage different from The Booby Hatch. This film plays a bit differently and has an alternate ending.

* Chapter Insert
Paper insert showcasing other Synapse titles and chapter selecting

The Booby Hatch is a fun, idiotic sex romp that definitely brings the laughs, intentionally or not. Recommended.

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