Sin in the Suburbs/The Swap and How They Make It [DVD]

Two vintage sexploitation titles from director Joe Sarno get the "double feature" treatment on this typically well-crafted DVD release from Something Weird Video. Both Sin in the Suburbs and The Swap (and How They Make It) have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The source materials for Sin in the Suburbs are more than a bit splicey, but it doesn't interfere too badly with the movie, while The Swap has been transferred from an exceptionally clean print, given the film's vintage. The dialogue for both movies is in English, with no multiple language options included. The highlight of Something Weird's bonus materials is a commentary track for Sin in the Suburbs featuring director Sarno, his wife, Peggy Sarno (aka actress Cleo Nova), and exploitation titan David F. Friedman, and if the track isn't as revelatory as one might hope, it's certainly entertaining enough. Also on deck are trailers for both films, as well as a handful of other sexploitation previews; an "informative" short subject on strip poker, also directed by Joe Sarno; and a gallery of advertising artwork for 1960s grindhouse titles. Short of finding a better print of Sin in the Suburbs (and Something Weird prexy Mike Vraney claims on the commentary that the copy used here is the only one he's been able to find), this is as good a presentation of this material as any sleaze enthusiast could ask for.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Audio commentary by director Joe Sarno, Peggy Sarno (Miss "Cleo Nova"), and special guest David F. Friedman
  • Original theatrical trailer for The Swap and How They Make It
  • Bonus Joe Sarno theatrical short: "A Sneak Peek at Strip Poker"
  • Extra swingin' suburban trailers: The Case of the Stripping Wives, Drop Out Wife, Matinee Wives, Suburban Wives, Suburbia Confidential, and Swedish Wife Exchange Club
  • Gallery of Something Weird '60s sexploitation art

Synopsis

The Swap (and How They Make It)
Lonely wives looking to put some spice back in their marriage learn a hard lesson about the wages of infidelity in this well-crafted sexploitation melodrama from Joe Sarno. Mona (Lorraine Claire) and her best friend, Karen (Sheila Britton), are a pair of suburban housewives who have been suffering from a decided lack of attention from their husbands. Karen looks for comfort in the arms of Dick (Alix Reed), a callow college student, but when that ends badly, she and Mona decide they need to find satisfaction elsewhere. A neighbor, Brooke (Monica Davis), gets wind of their predicament and tips them off to "The Exchange," a mate-swapping club which has been quietly operating in the suburbs. With a certain amount of trepidation, Mona and Karen sign on; Karen pairs up with Mona's hubby, Les (George Wolfe), and soon finds herself deeply infatuated, while Mona spends the night with Karen's mate, Wayne (Jim Chisholm), and begins worrying about how her friend and her husband are hitting it off. Things become all the more complicated when a couple from The Exchange begin demanding their turn with Mona and Les, and Dick comes back into Karen's life and threatens to expose her secret life. The Swap (And How They Make It) also features Cleo Nova, who was known off-screen as Peggy Sarno, wife of director and writer Joe Sarno. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Sin in the Suburbs
A lonely woman begins making new friends a little too easily in this mix of sex and sleaze from director Joe Sarno. Geraldine Lewis (Audrey Campbell) is a seemingly happy housewife who is married to a successful businessman and is raising a pretty teenaged daughter, Kathy (Alice Linville). However, Geraldine's hubby seems to be more interested in work than in keeping the home fires burning, and lately Kathy would rather spend time with her boyfriend than her mom. Bored and lonely, Geraldine begins spending more and more time with her decadent, man-hungry friend down the street, and eventually Kathy comes home one day to find her mother in the arms of another man. Before long, Geraldine meets mysterious Yvette Tallman (Dyanne Thorne) and her sinister brother, Lou (W.B. Parker), who are the leaders of a suburban mate-swapping ring, and she succumbs to the temptations of illicit sex, though her adventures in infidelity soon lead her to a shocking discovery. Sin in the Suburbs marked a rare onscreen meeting between two iconic stars of 1960s sexploitation films -- Audrey Campbell, of the notorious Olga's House of Shame, and Dyanne Thorne, who went on to the infamous Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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