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Seduction of Misty Mundae
Seduction Cinema is pretty hit or miss with some of their softcore erotica titles, but the ones that they play straight usually work out better than the parody releases, especially when they feature the lovely and talented Misty Mundae in the lead. Witness exhibit A - The Seduction Of Misty Mundae, a tribute to the softcore sleaze of old from such masters of skin flick movies as Nick Phillips and Joe Sarno.
The plot, which by admission only really exists to link together the randy set pieces, follows an eighteen year old girl named Misty (played by… Misty Mundae.. go figure) who takes a train ride out to visit her Aunt Inga (Julien Wells). Inga is a very sexually aware woman who is very much in touch with her carnal instincts and on the first night of her visit, Misty wakes up in the middle of the night only to hear her aunt letting her fingers do the walking while taking a relaxing bubble bath. Rather than turn away and pretend it never happened, like most of us would, Misty watches in wild eyed amazement as her aunt does the dirty deed – and she seems to become intrigued and aroused by it all.
When Misty wakes up the next morning, it's once again business as usual. The two girls spend the day getting to know one another better, going for lunch, hanging out, shopping – things like that. The more time she spends at her aunt's house the more Misty starts to learn from her, however and she's soon experimenting on herself using the technique she saw her aunt demonstrate the other night. To further blossom into womanhood she decides to fool around with the boy next door as well. What Misty is really after though, is the touch of another woman and the only woman around who might be able to make this happen for her is, you guessed it, Aunt Inga. Misty sets her plan into motion, but will her aunt take the bait or be repulsed by her unnatural and incestuous desires?
Director Michael Raso openly admits that Sarno's work influenced this picture, and you can see it from the opening scene right up until the last. More of an homage than a blatant rip off, however, Raso's movie is effective in evoking the ghosts of sex movies past. He lights the film with some obvious low budget flair and photographs the action slow enough and without the need for over the top flash bulb editing or gratuitous extreme close up shots. The movie looks really nice, really subtle, and even classy in spots.
Of course, you're not going to watch this movie for the cinematography and languid dreamlike pacing alone, right? Right! You want to see naked ladies, and naked ladies you shall see. The sex isn't of the hardcore variety here but at times it does come dangerously close. Wells and Mundae are both fine looking woman and turn in surprisingly realistic performances here. Misty in particular does an excellent job of portraying that doe-eyed innocence that has earned her so many fans over the last few years and it works really well in the context of the story glues all of the hot scenes together.
The 1.78.1 anamorphic widescreen video on this release looks better than most Seduction Cinema titles as it was shot on film and not on video (or at least it sure looks that way). There's a bit of grain and a few spots where the lighting could have been a bit better but overall this is a pretty solid effort in the video department. Colors look good, black levels stay strong and flesh tones, as important as they are in a movie such as this, come through looking life like and natural – as it should be. There's some mild line shimmering in a few spots but no problems with mpeg compression artifacts and there's a reasonably good level of both foreground and background detail present in the image. Nice job.Sound:
This DVD has a no frills Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix in English, no closed captioning or subtitle options have been made available. The dialogue, which is minimal, is clean and clear and free of any hiss or distortion. There are no audible defects in the mix though there are one or two spots where the levels are off just a little bit where the dialogue gets a tiny bit buried. Nothing too serious though, overall The Seduction Of Misty Mundae sounds find to my ears.Extras:
First up is a full length audio commentary with the director of the film, Michael Raso, who happens to be joined here by the editor of the feature, Tony Marsiglia. The two offer quite a bit of insight into the making of the feature itself, detailing pre and post production issues that they had to tackle as well as casting decisions, what they like about certain shots and how they feel about certain performances. It's not a commentary that's going to change your life but if you want to know more about the making of the movie, they've got you covered here.
Michael Raso also shows up for an on camera video interview in which he explains even more details about how and why the feature came to be and how it was a project that he very much enjoyed being a part of. A Behind The Scenes Of The Seduction Of Misty Mundae segment is up next and it gives us a look at how things went on set during the production and it features plenty of bare skinned beauties roaming around in front of the camera which obviously make it worth a look for fans of female flesh. The last of the featurettes/video segments comes in the form of a four minute video taped photo shoot featuring the lovely Julian Wells.
Rounding out the extras on this DVD are trailers for The Seduction Of Misty Mundae, The Erotic Diary Of Misty Mundae, Lust For Dracula, Roxxana (go Uschi go!), Chantal, and finally, Sinful.
A second disc is also included in this set in the form of an audio CD that contains the complete soundtrack for the feature. This was a nice bonus as the soundtrack was actually pretty moody and evocative. I don't know if it'll go into regular rotation in my CD changer, but it's nice to have if the mood ever hits.Final Thoughts:
The Seduction Of Misty Mundae is just steamy enough and, believe it or not, just artsy enough, to really work as a throwback to the work of sexploitation pioneers such as Joe Sarno. The film definitely captures that retro sex film vibe that it's obviously after and it proves to be a well made and interesting coming of age story as well as a hot and heavy petting session between some very pretty girls without many clothes on. The DVD looks and sounds just fine, and the extras are a nice touch. Recommended.
Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.