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Flesh for Olivia

POPcinema // Unrated // March 14, 2006
List Price: $29.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Ian Jane | posted May 31, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

Seduction Cinema regular Misty Mundae plays Olivia in this semi-sequel to The Silk Stocking Strangler, a woman who works for a pimp named Claudio (Dean Paul) who is a bit of a voyeur with a few pent up issues of his own. He digs on watching his employee do her thing with members of the same gender and he digs it even more when Olivia hurts her playmates, sometimes even strangling them to death by accident when she gets a little too into her work.

When Olivia does go too far one day, she decides that she no longer wants to be part of Claudio's world and so she escapes from him, running into the city with nowhere to go and no one to turn to until she meets up with a woman named Melody (another Seduction Cinema regular, A. J. Khan) who takes her in. One thing leads to another and before you know it, old Claudio has found his way to Olivia's new digs and not only convinced her to come back to him but to bring along her new friend as well. Claudio gets them going the way he likes it but Melody isn't so down with the idea and so she calls her friend Alice (pretty Julian Wells).

Alice comes running to the rescue but Melanie's time is looking like it's going to be cut short by either Olivia, Claudio, or possibly both and to make matters worse, Olivia knows that Alice has been alerted to her activities and she's none too happy about that at all.

Flesh For Olivia doesn't go quite as far as some of Misty's all girl adventures have before and since (this one was made in 2002 despite only seeing a DVD release in this year of 2006) but it comes pretty close. In addition to the girl-girl encounters, director William Hellfire also caters to some more fetish oriented viewers by throwing in some interesting (and often times slow motion) footage of the girls leisurely enjoying a cigarette and he also brings a lot of boot, shoe and foot play into the movie as well, much the way Nick Phillips did with his similarly themed films in the seventies. In fact, much of Flesh For Olivia feels like it's channeling Mr. Phillips' work, with maybe a does of Joseph Sarno's black and white New York period thrown in just for kicks.

Despite the obviously low budget and the limitations of the script (it exists really only to string together the softcore encounters) the movie is well shot and it definitely has an artsy slant to certain parts of it. Most of the girl on girl rendezvous scenes are shot with a soft touch, which works in the strange, dreamlike context of the film and does a lot to give it that retro feel that so many of Seduction Cinema's work strives to recreate. The content might be a little too dark for some members of the raincoat crowd looking for a cheap film to warm themselves up with on a cold and lonely night but those who appreciate a little sleaze and a little bleakness in their eroticism (and yes, there are plenty of you out there), this one delivers. The movie isn't perfect – at times the dialogue seems a little forced and a little contrived, but it does what it sets out to do and it does it rather well.

The DVD

Video:

The 1.33.1 fullframe video on this release looks about as good as most Seduction Cinema titles as it was shot on video like many of their titles are. There's a bit of fuzz 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 definite 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 Flesh For Olivia sounds fine.

Extras:

Extras on this DVD are limited to trailers for the feature, The Seduction Of Misty Mundae, The Erotic Diary Of Misty Mundae, Lust For Dracula, Chantal, Dr. Jekyll And Mistress Hyde, An Erotic Vampire In Paris and finally, Sinful. A four page booklet of photographs of Ms. Misty is also included.

Final Thoughts:

Flesh For Olivia is a better than average straight to video softcore soap opera with a few stand out scenes and a genuinely good performance from Misty Mundae in the lead. The disc looks and sounds good though it's unusually light on extras for an E.I. release. Recommended for Mundae completists or fans, a solid rental for any other like minded perverts.

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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