Electronic Lover/The Spy Who Came [DVD]

What passed for new-fangled electronic technology in the mid-'60s is on display in two vintage sexploitation pictures featured on this double-bill release from Something Weird Video. Both Electronic Lover and The Spy Who Came have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratios of 1.33:1, and both films look fine on DVD. While the source print for The Spy Who Came suffers some wear at the end of reels, for the most part it's clean and looks as good as one might hope, while the elements for Electronic Lover are admirably clean, and the film's moody camerawork is well served on disc. Both movies are in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mixes for these movies. The low-budget sound recording for The Spy Who Came suffers a bit in this presentation, but Electronic Lover fares better, especially the enjoyably out-dated rock music score from the Fludd. Plenty of bonus materials have been appended to this disc, including four sexploitation trailers, a mid-'50s strip reel (Girl of My Dreams), a oddball burlesque short (Tel-Star Striptease), and an outdated educational short, The Philosophy of Computing. A gallery of film-oriented men's magazine artwork rounds out the package. Something Weird Video continue to be America's leading archivists of the sleazy underbelly of cinema, and this "two-fer" disc is another example of what they do so well -- folks with a taste for well-executed vintage sleaze will savor this.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Electronically tinged trailers for The Curious Dr. Humpp, Offic Love-In, The Singles, and Some Like It Violent
  • Your very own TV becomes and Electronic Lover when you watch a glamour girl get nekkid for your approval in vintage nudie short #1: Girl of My Dreams
  • See what ancient computers were like back in the Electronic Lover days with '60s Americana short #2: The Philosophy of Computing
  • Two knuckleheads with stolen diamonds stumble upon a giant TV which lets them spy on strippers in the screwball featurette Tel-Star Stiptease
  • Gallery of underground sexploitation movie magazine covers with audio oddities

Synopsis

Electronic Lover
This bizarre softcore roughie is credited to Jesse Berger, but bears the unmistakable stamp of cult filmmaker Michael Findlay, who directed a virtual remake three years later called The Ultimate Degenerate with himself in the title role. Mike Atkinson stars as a maniacal voyeur who pleasures himself in front of an unconvincing computer to images of naked women beamed back from a video camera operated by his mute manservant (Jonathan Manos). Occasionally he also has hallucinations and makes love to a mirror. Uta Erikson (Bacchanale (1970)) shows up billed as "Carla" to have a slow-motion interracial lesbian scene with the female lead Natara, a black woman who dances to jungle drums (although she appears to be doing the frug). ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

The Spy Who Came
This campy, ridiculous skinflick features a fun screenplay by Bruce Marcus and director Ron Wertheim, as well as slick black-and-white photography by Joao Fernandes. It starts off with an excruciatingly slow seduction scene but quickly becomes very bizarre. Policeman Harry Harris (Louis Waldon) is kidnapped by a mad gay Arab named Mohammed, who smokes opium from a hookah pipe. Mohammed has photos of policemen and U.N. delegates in compromising positions for blackmail purposes, and he wants Harry to arrest some of them. His castle has dungeons full of chained women whom he is brainwashing to entrap his targets, using strange machines, mannequins, and sexual instruction tapes. With the help of a French Interpol agent named Moreau, Harry sets out to turn the tables on Mohammed. Drugs, torture, and sadomasochism are featured, and although none of it makes much sense, this offbeat roughie manages to be a lot of fun. Neither as naive as the "nudie-cuties" which preceded it, nor as viciously nasty as many similar films of its time, The Spy Who Came is a surprisingly enjoyable entry in a mostly boring genre. Phillipa Reed, Jean Carrol, and Mitch Drake co-star in this Lou Campa release. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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