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DVD Reviews:  Sex with Strangers

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Distributed by:
The AV Channel
Running Time: 105 Minutes

I must admit that this was a title that I thought, "whoa" when it was sent for us to review. I wasn't too sure what was in store and whether or not it was maybe a foray into soft porn which of course we don't cover on this friendly site :)

Of course turning the DVD over revealed that we were about to watch a documentary about swinging, that is couples who have sex outside their relationships with each other, with the partner's consent and knowledge. I wasn't sure how this would be handled so in went the disc and away we go.

Let's get something out of the way first, Sex with Strangers will titillate most viewers, there is some nudity and quite frankly the subject matter is probably a passing fantasy for some readers out there. The documentary I think didn't need a R18+ rating though and a MA15+ would have sufficed.

We follow the lives of three lots of swingers, two married couples and a young man and his two girlfriends. All initially seem happy with "The Lifestyle" and the sexual freedoms that it represents. Directors Joe and Harry Gantz take us on this trip without any voice overs to detract from the tale that they are telling, our real life characters tell the story themselves and it isn't what you would expect from all of them. It seems that it takes a particular mindset to be satisfied with swinging and this doco shows the psychological effects it can have on an insecure or jealous person.

The roving camera technique that this feature uses is great and there was no point that I was left wondering what was going on despite there being no narration to lead me. A great piece of storytelling and certainly a DVD that I could recommend for both the style of doco and the unique subject that it covers. This won't be for everyone and if you are not comfortable with alternate lifestyles then you need to give this disc a very wide berth. The feature does show some sex scenes although they are fairly well edited and whilst you know exactly what is going on, you do not see it.


The disc is shown in full frame 4:3 original ratio and the picture quality is generally good considering the location that some of the footage is shot in. Throughout there is not a great deal to complain about so far as quality issues with the video.


2.0 Dolby Digital is the order for the day on this disc and with the nature of the flick, 5.1 is not called for, nor is it needed. I think a surround mix would only serve to confuse, especially with what is happening on screen.




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