12th Feb2015

‘Three Ripening Cherries / Sensual Fire’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido



(dir: Carlos Tobalina, 1979)
“RIPE for ACTION ready to be plucked…’”

Don’t you just love sisters? Well, thankfully Uncle Tobalina has a film just for you! What we have here are the three sisters. Sally, Lucy and Ann played by Dorothy Lemay (Taboo, Chopstix), Misty Regan (Champagne Orgy, Baby Cakes) and my favourite, Brooke West (Fantasy, The Blonde). After a hard day at school, the girls go home and ask their mum Rose, played by Kitty Shayne (Sexual Heights, Undulations) all about sex. She tells them about her experiences when she was their age. We find out her virginity was robbed by a family friend leading her to seek out compassion whenever and wherever she could. Her journey to find the PERFECT orgasm comes to an end when she meets the man who would become her husband. How very aromatic indeed! Inspired by her stories, the girls retire to their bedroom and well, they get to grips with each other whilst fantasising about various boys and teachers from their school. Why wasn’t my high school experience like this!? It’s not all happy days for the girls however, as they find out that a couple of guys they want to party with are gay. Now it sounds more like my high school…. No, wait!

OK, where do I begin? I found this a rather tedious ride in all honesty. Oh don’t get me wrong, seeing Brooke West involved in some girly fun is a blast! I just found it to be yet another rather lazy, uninspired piece of smut. I really dig Tobalina, but I’m getting rather tired of seeing group based scenes. I did really enjoy the use of music, Carlos always seems to have good music in his films. What stood out this time was hearing the theme tune to Terry and June (American friends should look up the show on Youtube for a good laugh!), which brought a big smile to my face! All in all, if your wanting pure action, this is a great film. The sex is of a very high quality which is to be expected from Tobalina. Overall, I found it about 20 minutes a bit too long. Oh well, the next film has one of my all time favourites!



(dir: Carlos Tobalina, 1979)
“The tremendous allure of YOUNG SEX’”

Carrying on the whole family theme, we move on to Sensual Fire. Jamie Gillis (The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Waterpower) stars as Roy. He has recently fallen in love with Laura, played by Jesie St. James (Randy, Hotline). Things are going wonderfully for the for the pair. All that changes when Laura’s young daughter Teena, played by Dorothy Le May (Taboo, Blind Fury) returns and shakes things up. Whilst she is in her room having some lonely fun, little does she know Roy’s office is next door and he has a peep hole. He begins to watch her which eventually leads to him constantly fantasising about making love to her. To try and shake his mind off this filth, he confides in a shrink friend (we all have one right?). His suggestion is to cleanse his palette and go visit the local cat house. Here he meets cute secretary Glory, played by the blonde goddess herself, Serena (Pleasure Palace, Prisoner of Paradise). This unfortunately doesn’t work so he confides in his friendly neighbourhood man of the cloth, Father Carlos, played by Mr. Tobalina himself. His words of wisdom are to seek out the woman who Teena reminds him of. Yep, I’m converting right now too! Will this plan work? Will the Lord be looking over Roy? Get on your knees and find out for yourself!

Considering we get to see Gillis and Serena getting down, this really isn’t that special of a film. Sure, there is enjoyment in the ludicrous storyline and plot development, but it just drags on. Jamie Gillis steals the show as he always does, but even he can’t save this one. As is often the case, it’s a very well shot film, with some great lens flare shots and wonderful location cinematography. The music is great too, a mix of down and dirty with cheery upbeat synth thrown in. You will definitely recognise one or two of the tracks. Just like Three Ripening Cherries, the film is a tad too long for my tastes and could potentially be cut down by 10 or 20 minutes.

Overall, this isn’t really a stand out release in terms of film selection. Both films are rather weak and forgettable. I would say if you’re looking to complete your Tobalina collection, then it’s perfect for you. If you’re looking for a stand experience, maybe pass on this one. What the films lack in substance, they make up for it in style. As always, the films are remastered to an obscenely high quality. A tip top restoration and presentation job from Vinegar Syndrome. As a small bonus, trailers for both films are included so there’s a plus point for collectors!

You can buy this DVD release directly from Vinegar Syndrome, as well as your favourite online retailers.


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