Distributor: VCX Edition Details: Limited Edition Run Time: One hour and 12 minutes Rated: XXX Year of Release: 1984 Director: Jack Remy Written by: Harold Lime, Jr. Cast: Jamie Gillis, Kimberly Carson, Robert Bullock (as Bobby Bullock), John C. Holmes, Cody Nicole (as Roxanne Potts), Robert Bolla (as R. Bolla), Ginger Lynn (as Gynger Lynn), Raven (as Vicky Vickers), Shanna McCullough (as Shanna McCoullach), Sean Michaels (as Shaun Michael), Blossom Lei (as Blossom Leigh), Frank Hollowell, Stacy Pool, Misty Dawn, Linda Kay, Bill Amerson, Denise Munson, Rudy Kaz, Ted C. Beejun, Sean Amerson, M. Murrey, Angel, Harry Reems
Audio: 2.0 English Mono Subtitles: none Video: Full Screen, 1.33:1 Video Format: NTSC Regional Code: 0 (All) Disc: Single Sided, Single Layered Special Features: Photo Gallery, Web Site, Coming Soon
Insurance adjusters Jamie Gillis and Robert Bullock, checking on a suspected fraud case, find out that the claimant Tony Cardoza is in with the Mafioso and after checking out Tony's girlfriend end up running from the mob. While on the run from the Mob, Gillis and Bullock manage to end up in the middle of a fashion show.
Girls on Fire is presented in the 1.33:1, full screen, aspect ratio. There is nothing in this film to indicate this isn't the original aspect ratio for the film and the film's age doesn't indicate how the film would have been shot either. As for this print of the film, for most of the film it is perfectly acceptable, but for a small portion, it leaves way too much to be desired. For the majority of the film the picture is clear with very occasional artifacts. The color is also slightly washed out throughout the feature. Given the film's age, the picture quality should be better. Unfortunately, now for the unacceptable portions of the film. The lesser offending moment stars during the Shanna McCullough and Richard Bolla scene. An occasional video glitch shows up sporadically in the middle of the screen and continues to show up until the end credits start. Now for the worst offender in the film and the cause for the half-a-star rating, from the Angel and Robert Bullock scene until the middle of the Cody Nicole, Raven and Jamie Gillis scene the color goes completely off balance and from the same originating point until the end of the first blowjob in the Ginger Lynn and John Holmes scene the picture becomes very grainy. Obviously VCX used a very poor master to create this disc.
The available audio track is a 2.0 English Mono track, which sounds flat. The audio track is very poor and high octaves crack. You can hear the dialog over the music at all times. There are no other language tracks and no subtitle options available.
There are five chapters for Girls on Fire available from the main menu. Given the layout of the sex scenes in this film, this number of chapters isn't of much use for finding the portion of a scene that you want to see. There is also no time code for this film so you can't time-search for the portion of a scene that you want to see.
As with the other VCX discs that I have seen, this disc has essentially no extras on it. The Photo Gallery contains 19 photos playing on a two minute 37-second track, all of the photos, which are from the feature film, shown are of poor quality. Web Site is an advert for the VCX Internet presence. Coming Soon features pictures for other films in the 2000 wave of limited edition releases for VCX: Taboo, Debbie Does Dallas and The Devil in Miss Jones. As I have stated before, for Limited Edition releases, VCX does not put much work into their discs.
Girls on Fire, while being a well-done porn film, is also a fun silly comedy. Although it ends up being nothing more than your standard men on the run film, the script is written so the sex scenes fit the film instead of it being the other way around as the majority of adult films are. The end result is a really fun erotic comedy. There are many corny lines throughout the film, but they just add to the fun.
Not only is it funny, but it stars Ginger Lynn, one of the hottest women to ever grace the blue screen. The acting in the film is strangely good for an adult film. John Holmes is hilarious running around the fashion show in drag. Kimberly Carson uses a voice that gets really annoying fast though. The women in the film are good looking. Most of the males could have been better picked though.
The sex scenes are well done and very creative. One thing about the sex scenes that some people may not enjoy is that they jump back and forth between each other, as was often done at the time. They aren't as long as the ones in current productions and the sex is considerably tamer, but they are still very adeptly enacted.
Despite this being a great film, due to the video problems that seriously detract from the film, I have had to shave 2.5 points off from the overall rating.
The Money Shot:
Due to the video problems if you are a fan of the film or it sounds like a good movie to you, you probably want to wait and hope that a better version of it gets released in the future. As this is a limited edition release it will eventually leave the market and anther company may re-release a better print of it. If you are still considering purchasing it, I suggest that you rent it first so you can see how bad the video problems are before you purchase so you don't end up disappointed.
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