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Cherry Pop

'The Nunsploitation Convent Collection'
(Ligia Branice, Howard Ross, et al / 2-disc DVD / NR / (1974) 2010 / Cult Epics)

Overview: The 2-disc box set features two of the most beautiful shot Nunsploitation films. Behind Convent Walls: An erotic film by Cult director Walerian Borowczyk (La BÍte), with stunning cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria). School of the Holy Beast: An unforgettable Masterpiece by the Japanese sexploitation guru Norifumi Suzuki, the director of the classic Beautiful Girl Hunter.

DVD Verdict: 'Behind Convent Walls' - So, you're the Mother Superior of an Italian convent, struggling to curb the frenzied masturbation of your novices who abuse the ecstatic shudder of divine inspiration for their saucy ends, and so to cure them of their ills you summon the servcies of, yup, a man!

Can you not smell the trouble that will bring with it from a million miles away?! Sure, of course you can, but director Walerian Borowczyk knew the same when he got to grips filming this beloved film too. Indeed, culled primarily from the "nunsploitation epidemic" of '70s Italian cinema, this film contains nothing more than a string of non-consequential sexy scenarios.

And yet, lovingly, 'Behind Convent Walls' is a light and fluid triumph of erotic imagery. Go figure!

'School of the Holy Beast' - Now, this is a whole different kettle of erotic fish! Featuring some whipping, torture, lesbianism and even some mention of Satan, 'School ...' is an absorbing and gripping story of demons that lurk within the hearts and minds of humans, not beasts of the holy or unholy kind.

Indeed, Medieval Catholicism mixes with Japanese themes of family, honor and revenge to produce a hot mess that is beautifully presented and mesmerizingly performed. Tumi Takigawa stars as Maya, a young woman who "infiltrates" a convent to discern the truth about her biological mother, a nun who died after giving birth to Maya 18 years before.

She encounters greed, lust, subterfuge, hatred, betrayal, corruption, violence and many other vices while navigating the curious caste system of the abbey that pits "choir nuns" against "assistant nuns". Although sometimes over-the-top in its depiction of religious beliefs, it fascinates nonetheless. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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