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Sexual Confessions

POPcinema // Unrated // March 21, 2006
List Price: $19.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Ian Jane | posted April 11, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

Though the title may have been changed to coincide with the in house remake supplied in the extra features section of this release, let there be no mistake - Sexual Confessions is a re-titled version of The Three Phases Of Eve, a softcore (though just barely) sex film from 1973 that was previously available (and might still be) under its original name on VHS from Something Weird Video. The video generated title card on this release is a dead giveaway as it doesn't match the film at all and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Not quite feature length (it clocks in around forty five minutes), this one is an obvious parody of The Three Faces Of Eve albeit with a lot more sleaze and an interesting cast of early seventies adult performers in place of their Hollywood counterparts.

Sandi Carey plays Eve, a bored and lonely but very attractive housewife who finds herself the victim of multiple personality disorder. In order to get help, she winds up making an appointment to see Dr. Bushnell (former Mr. Rene Bond, Ric Lutze) who finds no small amount of pleasure in analyzing the three very different phases of Eve one by one. Her first personality is uptight and frigid, her second is as passionate love machine and her third is a freewheeling and free loving hippy type who is happy to hop into the sack with anyone who offers. As the psychiatric evaluation gets under way, we learn some intricacies of each of these three distinct personalities through way of their more carnal encounters…

While not a particularly good or even very erotic film, it's a fun one nonetheless. Ric Lutz makes for a pretty amusing psychiatrist, he's slick (or at least he thinks he is) as can be in the roll and as such we get a pretty hammy performance that provides us with no small amount of unintentional hilarity. It's interesting to see him in an early seventies outing without the lovely Ms. Bond appearing alongside him, as was so often the case during the films that they were involved in during this time period.

As a parody of The Three Faces Of Eve it isn't all that good either, as it doesn't have the characterization traits or plot twists that they original did, which, when you consider the market that this film was made for, isn't at all surprising in the least. Don't expect anything along the lines of Joanne Woodward's Oscar winning performance in this one, or the interesting psychological over tones – the story exists here solely to string us along from one of Sandi's bump and grind sessions to the next.

What the movie does have going for it are a couple of fun set pieces and an odd supporting cast of exploitation regulars, most notably Sandi Carey in the lead who would later go on to star in Naughty Stewardesses and a few other notable trash films. Rick Cassidy would show up in the original New Wave Hookers and a slew of other smut movies.



While there is some moderate to heavy aliasing all over the image, other than that Sexual Confessions looks pretty decent on DVD when you take into account the fact that EI probably didn't have much to work with here. The colors aren't half bad despite some bleeding with the reds, and the 1.78.1 widescreen image appears to be here in its original aspect ratio. Of course there's some hefty doses of print damage in more or less every frame but the detail is there and those familiar with how old 70s smut films usually look on DVD will probably be pleasantly surprised (or at least not disappointed), although unfortunately the image isn't flagged for progressive scan playback and as such there are some saw tooth artifacts present if your hardware is setup that way, and they prove to be annoying.


The Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is a little muffled and not of the best quality, but again, it's taken from a slightly rough source so the limitations of the older technology are going to be there when that's the case. Dialogue is pretty easy to understand, however, and the background music comes through reasonably clear. There aren't a lot of sound effects used in the film, mostly just some random moaning and groaning during the action scenes laid in with some background music, and these are handled just fine, as are the talkier bits of the movie. A couple of audio drop outs are here, but they're not too prevalent, thankfully.


While it might be top billed on the disc, the Seduction Cinema in house remake under the same name as the vintage feature on this disc is the main supplement that the release has to offer. Shot in 2003, it stars some of Seduction Cinema's most famous female faces – Ruby LaRocca, Darian Caine, Katie Jordan and Kelli Summers in a story that revolves around a beautiful female psychiatrist who caters to the needs of her equally beautiful group of female patients. There's really very little plot to discuss, but essentially the psychiatric sessions lead to girl on girl hanky-panky, as you would expect. The ladies are hot and they do equally hot things to one another, making this well worth a watch for fans of this type of output (of which this reviewer includes himself) but there's not a ton of replay value here as the camp value and oddball seventies vibe that makes the first film so interesting is completely missing. This one is slightly longer than the first movie, clocking in at fifty-eight minutes and some odd seconds in length.

Rounding out the extra features are the typically amusing liner notes from 42nd. St. Pete, who gives us the run down on the plots of both films, the differences between the two, and basically tries to bring us back in time to the seventies and give us a feel for the grindhouse cinema that was still running full tilt during that decade. The usual trailers can be found in the Retro-Seduction Cinema trailer vault.

Final Thoughts:

While neither feature on the disc is really essential, the 1973 Sexual Confessions offers enough curiosity value that it's worth a rental if not a blind buy for fans of vintage adult fare. The remake is fun to look at thanks to the plentiful naked ladies but it lacks the old school charm of the first. Rent it.

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.

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