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Nikkatsu Roman Porno Trailer Collection

 

Nikkatsu, Japan's oldest major movie studio, launched their Roman Porno erotic film line in 1971. Until 1988, the studio released more than one thousand of these films, made in a diverse range of styles and genres aimed squarely at the adult market. Impulse Pictures will be releasing over twenty-five Nikkatsu films, and this amazing trailer collection will give you a taste of these great Japanese sexploitation classics! As an added bonus, this DVD also includes a short Nikkatsu shot-on-video feature entitled RYOKO'S LESBIAN FLIGHT. SPECIAL FEATURES: Digitally Mastered Theatrical Trailers, Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen, Liner notes from Behind The Pink Curtain author, Jasper Sharp, Newly Translated Removable English Subtitles, Individual Trailer Selection, BONUS SHORT FILM: Ryoko's Lesbian Flight (30 minutes).

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DVD Review: Impulse Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:00:38 (38 consecutive trailers)
Video 1.85:1 / 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Impulse Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 / 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Ryoko's Lesbian Flight (30:00)
• 2-page liner notes with essay by Jasper Sharp

DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2010

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38

 

Comments:

In 1971, Japan's oldest major film studio, Nikkatsu, was coming upon hard times and in order to avoid bankruptcy began developing a line of soft-core pornography films (Roman) that would stretch the boundaries of that genre - never quite evolving to 'hardcore' but showing various 'bents'. This continued till 1988. What resulted were films from simple titillation to incest, bondage, female domination, urination, interracial and more. Examples of the salacious titles were Confidential Report: Prostitute Torture Hell, Coed Report: Yoko’s White Breasts, Oh! Women: Dirty Songs, Painful Bliss!, Sex Hunter: Wet Target and She Cat, The Lovers Are Wet.

Impulse Films (related to Synapse who brought us DVD versions of The Brain That Wouldn't Die!, Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will", The Black Pit of Dr. M and others) are coming out with 36 DVDs of these 1000-odd Nikkatsu films. This is simply a 1-hour continuous string of 38 of those trailers. Also included as a bonus if the 1/2 long featurette "Ryoko's Lesbian Flight" but it is interlaced and has digitally masked genitalia - however the trailers do not have this censorship. You can access the trailers as an hour-long group or individually.

The disc is single-layered but the video is anamorphic and progressive. It looks quite acceptable and there are optional English subtitles. Audio is unremarkable but the Japanese dialogue (from screams to illicit moans) had no flaws worth discussing. The subtitles are optional. The image is surprisingly clean and it looks as though the source is a good one and there doesn't seem as though anyone has bothered with digital manipulations like boosting.

Extras are the aforementioned 1/2 hour Ryoko's Lesbian Flight and 2-pages liner notes with essay by Jasper Sharp author of Behind The Pink Curtain.

This has some interest for the cultural differences from 'western' sexual videos - the unusual perversions broached - and I found it just plain humorous at times. The titles seem far more suggestive than the guts of the trailer content although they can surprise with the unusually exploitive nature. I wouldn't say the short trailers are enough to be considered 'sexy' but it is funny how many themes reoccur (nurses in uniform, bondage helplessness, forced lesbianism etc.) Those into this 'Pink' cinema will probably get the most out of it - but for those more interested in this as an overall topic might wish to indulge in this DVD - as opposed to the forthcoming individual titles.   

Gary W. Tooze

 



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