Female Chauvinists/ Hot Connections - Female Chauvinists/ Hot Connections( Blu Ray/ DVD) [Something Weird/Pop Cinema - 2018]Here we have the second of Vol Racy Reels, from the Something Weird vault. This time the theme is womenís liberation/ equality- and the two 1970ís films offered up here present the subject in fittingly un-pc & fairly male sexists form.
As with the first Vol- this release comes a dual format bringing together a region free DVD & Blu Ray. Also, we get an eight-page inlay booklet, taking in a write up about both films & the exploitation of female liberation in sexploitation-this is written by Robin Bougie, who of course will be best known to most for his excellent mag-come-comic grindhouse & sleaze publication Cinema Sewer.
First up we have Female Chauvinists- this is sub-Russ Meyer type of sex comedy, which mostly stays in the soft-core side of things, but later on moves into more hardcore action. The films sees a decidedly sleazy & plump mid aged photographer sending first his large chested female assistant, then his male buddy into infiltrating a "training" camp run by militant lesbian feminists. The film is very much of its time in both its sleazy parody of the feminist's movement, and its predictable ending. The male buddy plays deaf/ mute, to begin with, but by the end, heís screaming to be let loose from the switched lesbian, who are literal sucking him dry( pun very much intended). On the whole, itís cheesy & charming enough, and if you enjoy very well endowed women frolicking- with themselves, each other, and later men- youíll get more than a few kicks here. The plot, as it is, is fairly simple & predictable, but it does (just about) keep coherent throughout- there are some memorable what-the-hell scenes- like a group of women pleasuring themselves with soda bottles in a birdhouse while cats wail. And a comic dream- where the group of rob a sperm bank in the woods, where men are donating into milk feeding bottles. The most know name here is Uschi Digard- who was very prolific in sexploitation in the 70ís, doing two Meyer Films SuperVixens & Beneath The Valley Of The Dolls, as well as a host of other non Meyer films. If you dig Meyer, and are after something in the similar vein, but maybe not quite as creative- I think youíll find this 1976 film appealing enough.
Next, we have 1973ís Hot Connection- this stays more squarely in the soft-core side of things, and through itís listed as a saucy comedy, Iíd say itís more adult drama, with some slight roughie tendencies. The plot revolves around a phone company- and the way one of the bosses is bedding, often making pregnant then dumping female employees. One of these ex-employees goes to the female liberation group for help, and they plant a mole to get pictures of the boss to try & get him fired. The film is a mix of rather badly acted drama & dramatics, soft-core mainly male on female interplay, and a few rapes- one female on female, and one male on female. On the whole I found the tone of the film a little-unbalanced moving rather haphazardly from dramatic interplay to sex- this isn't helped by the really bad cutting of the film, which at times sees conversations cut badly up- whether this is down to there been a Hardcore cut of the film, or itís just a bad print Iím unsure. On the whole, I found this less enjoyable than the first film, though it does certainly link into the overarching theme of this volume of racy reels.
Extras wise we get a ten-minute reel of Uschi Digard stripping-then-frocking nude on a bed. Trailers for both of the films here, and trailers for the two films on the first Vol in the series. On the whole this acceptable enough second vol in this series, and itís interesting to see these rare sexploitation films themed around womenís liberation/ equality. Iíd say the first Volís films where slightly more interesting on the whole- but if youíre a Digard or Meyer fan itís definitely worth picking this up.Roger Batty