View Full Version : Joe Sarno's Marcy from Code Red

Ian Jane
04-22-2011, 11:55 AM
I don't feel like writing a full review for this one, so instead I'm gonna start a thread.

I like Joe Sarno's movies. They're as smart as they are sexy and while they're always melodramatic, there's always an interesting story and good character development going on.

So this one was considered 'lost' until a print was found. Code Red put it out, and it's a decent movie, one of many that Sarno shot in upstate New York so it has that sort of remote feel to it. Lots of psychological meanderings in and amongst the sex, most of which is girl on girl.

Code Red's DVD is an odd one. It has no menu, just a text screen when it loads up letting us know there's a commentary available that we can access with the audio button. I did, and it's DeCoteau and and frequent Sarno collaborator Gino Colbert who talks not just about working with Sarno but also about his work with Doris Wishman and Chuck Vincent. It's not really about this film at all, but it's an interesting discussion about the New York City porn scene that once was and is worth listening to if you have an interest in such things.

It's presented in Deweyvision, which we learn from the first screen cap - this comes before the movie.


From there, the movie proper starts. I'm not sure what the OAR is for this movie. Quite a bit of Sarno's stuff has been presented fullframe and looked just fine. This transfer is 1.78.1 and there are times where it looks tight, sometimes the tops of heads are slightly cut off. The transfer is also interlaced as you can see in the screen caps, though my system deinterlaced this one without and problems and I didn't notice it when it was in motion.











Then when the movie is over, instead of stopping or going to a menu that doesn't exist, we get a few minutes of this guy making strange noises over and over again while the text below flashes on the screen. Weird.


Ian Miller
05-01-2011, 04:00 AM
Wouldn't it be wild if they put out NIGHTMARE like this? People would freak.

Robin Bougie
09-17-2011, 06:33 AM
I'm glad that a lost film was found and put out, but even though I'm a big Sarno fan this did nothing for me. I found it quite dull and plodding. Make sure you watch this one with a nice big coffee, because otherwise it is off to sleepy-bye land.

Randy G
09-17-2011, 04:15 PM
Too bad, I'm a big Sarno fan as well, but sometimes he can be a bit boring. Still, I'm attracted to this one, if just for the look and atmosphere evident in the screens, and will pick it up eventually.

Ian Jane
09-17-2011, 05:37 PM
I enjoyed it at the time, and the commentary was cool (if not movie specific). That said, I don't really remember much about it and it's not been that long since I watched it. Still, I'd say if you're a Sarno fan this is worth getting. The NY state locations appeal to me too.

Randy G
09-18-2011, 06:35 PM
Wouldn't it be wild if they put out NIGHTMARE like this? People would freak.

Sexploitation fans tend to take themselves less seriously than Eurocult fans imo.

Robin Bougie
09-18-2011, 10:49 PM
You can say that again.

Jimmy Simard
09-18-2011, 11:12 PM
Randy did you forgot the uproar when VXP put a watermark (not bothering at all in my book) on their first Platinum Edition release? Also many of us are quite angry when a release is cut... it's the main reason why I stop importing the french adult collection from Wild Side Video.

Robin Bougie
09-19-2011, 01:01 AM
Yeah, but those were cut by like, 20+ minutes. And even then I saw people being like "Oh, but the transfers look so good". Meanwhile movie nerds that are obsessive about other genres like Eurocult will be flipping out about 20 seconds missing.