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The Sin Syndicate/Sin Magazine/She Came on the Bus [DVD]

Three especially sleazy "roughies" from the archives of sexploitation enthusiasts Something Weird Video are upgraded to DVD on this "Sinful Triple Feature" release. The Sin Syndicate, Sin Magazine, and She Came on the Bus have all been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. While the source prints for all three movies have some noticeable scratches and splices, they look better than Something Weird's previous VHS releases of these titles, and a certain grimy appearance is entirely appropriate for the material. The audio for all three pictures has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the sound is as good as can be expected for low-budget adult films of this era, though no better. Seven vintage sexploitation trailers have been included as a bonus (including previews for The Sin Syndicate and She Came on the Bus), as well as a gallery of pressbook artwork accompanied by radio spots for various grindhouse attractions. If this isn't the best looking of Something Weird's releases, it's hard to imagine anyone else bringing these movies to DVD, and if you're fascinated by the twisted underbelly of 1960's cinema, this is one disc you'll want to check out.

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    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered!
    • Original theatrical trailers for The Sin Syndicate and She Came on the Bus
    • Bonus twisted trailers for: All Women, Fluctuations, Infidelity American Style, Satan's Bed, and Submission
    • Gallery of sexploitation ad art with exploitation audio


    The Sin Syndicate
    This exploitation film from cult director Michael Findlay attempts to cross the gangster and nudie genres with disappointing results. During a Senate investigation on organized crime, the life of Dolores (Yolanda Moreno) is revealed. Dolores is a Chinese-Hispanic stripper who went from being "the Contessa -- the toast of Havana" to being a Syndicate-owned prostitute. Findlay includes a great deal of stock footage of Cuban Revolutionary celebrations, Fidel Castro, and guerillas, shooting before Dolores leaves Cuba and become a "Zero Girl," so named because she has no future. Much belly-dancing and stripping follow, and future adult-film director Lem Amero is listed as "Choreographer." Eventually, more of Dolores' fellow Zero Girls are introduced through flashbacks, simulated lesbianism, and tedious background stories, as well as stock footage of World War II aerial bombings. None of it makes much sense, the dialogue is absolutely preposterous, and the tame sex scenes are made to seem as degrading as possible while showing virtually nothing. One mortifying rape scene seems endless with ludicrously phony slapping and dubbed screams which do not match the visuals. Flashbacks are nested two and three deep, the editing is dreadful, and while this is hardly the most outrageous film Findlay ever made, it is certainly the most confusing and unwatchable. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    She Came on the Bus
    A group of wild thrill seekers invade the home of a young suburban housewife. She is injected with drugs and raped by several of the men, while their kick-hungry female companion urges them on. A door-to-door saleswoman makes the mistake of ringing the doorbell, and she receives similar treatment. Bored with this game, the gang steals the housewife's car. While cruising down the highway, they spot a bus, which they decide to hijack. They flag the bus down, then stab the driver to death and take off, smoking joints and laughing. A pair of pretty young women mistakenly board the bus, thinking it will take them downtown for a day of shopping, but instead the crazed hopheads abduct them. While one girl is terrified and attempts to resist her rapist, the other decides to submit to the kidnappers until she can get the upper hand. However, the submissive girl soon realizes that she's excited by her captors and their wild way of life, and she engages in their desperate orgy with gusto. The gang returns briefly to the home of the housewife, where one of the drugged-out punks writes a dirty word on her motionless naked backside with lipstick and gouges out the eyes of a baby doll with his switchblade. Back on the bus, the vicious group pledges to live together forever in their stolen vehicle "and allow the wheels of sex to take them to their desires!" ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

    Sin Magazine
    Misdirected desires turn an unusual family business into a web of betrayal and violence in this dark sexploitation opus from the mid-'60s. Ross is a middle-aged man who is the editor and principle writer for a sleazy men's magazine based out of a New England farmhouse. While Ross is married to Pam, an attractive woman with a drinking problem, he also has a mistress in Manhattan, but he hasn't been able to perform sexually with either of them and recently spent time in a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown. Ross' brother Otis is the magazine's chief photographer, who has an insatiable appetite for women, often bedding his models after their photo sessions. Ross and Otis have a third brother, Bill, who has just returned to the United States after spending two years in Europe with the Army. Bringing with him his new wife, Lisa, Bill signs on as the magazine's business manager against his better judgment, but soon he finds the stress too much for him, while Ross is driven to the brink of madness by his sexual inadequacy and his growing infatuation with Lisa -- a forbidden lust shared by Otis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      June Roberts - Candy
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      Darlene Bennett - Monica

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