Like Barbara Broadcast, its predecessor in the Metzger cannon, Maraschino Cherry never really amounts to much despite a few standout moments. There are the usual verbal quips but itís a far cry from richness of the aforementioned Misty, The Private Afternoons Of Pamela Mann or Naked Came The Stranger. Of course, itís not worthless by any means - weíre talking about the work of one of the greatest directors of the Golden Age. However, this is a classic example of Golden Age filmmaking rather than a classic Golden Age film. Highlights include a sun-drenched Constance Money wading through a pond in pursuit of her prey, Annette Haven being ravished atop a grand piano and tense dungeon scene featuring Haven, Leonard and CJ Laing. Itís well worth a look but is undeniably minor Metzger.
The movie itself is something of a mixed bag and the same is true of the disk from Video.X.Pix. Apparently sourced from an old theatrical print, the image is presented widescreen (a real bonus) although Iím not sure if itís original aspect ration; there is certainly visual information missing from the right of the frame but, whatever the explanation for this is, itís not as damaging as cropping the whole thing to 1.33:1. The image is awash with scratches and has a slight magenta cast but fans of classic adult movies have endured worse. Less excusable is the fact that the Video.X.Pix logo appears on screen intermittently throughout the film. The audio is functional and audible throughout.
In terms of the completeness of this release, itís hard for me to comment because Iíve never seen the film before. The Internet Adult Film Database indicates a running time of 83 minutes (as does the dvd cover) but I donít know how reliable that is. The disk itself runs for 72 minutes and I didnít notice any obvious signs of censorship.