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Vixen [1968] [DVD]

Erica Gavin , Harrison Page , Russ Meyer    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erica Gavin, Harrison Page, Gart Pillsbury, Michael O'Donnell, Vincene Wallace
  • Directors: Russ Meyer
  • Producers: Russ Meyer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WYRPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,184 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Russ Meyer indulges his interest in the curvaceous female form once more with the buxom Erica Gavin starring as the sex-hungry resident of a Canadian mountain resort. Whilst her husband is busy flying in the tourists, she concentrates on showing those already on terra ferma a good time, even extending her hospitality to her biker brother.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good unserious fun 28 July 2011
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Vixen (1968) is the most intelligent film to date in that uniquely American genre, the so-called skin-flick.

The movie directed by Russ Meyer is a celebration of zestful direction, photography and moral/political issues, and a lot of the time it's very funny. In a field filled with cheap and dreary productions, Meyer is the best craftsman and the only artist. He has developed a directing style so open, direct and good-humoured that it dominates his material.

It's done with such droll dialogue and high humour that even the most torrid scenes somehow manage to get outside themselves; coming across rather well given the movies genre. Meyer is also heavy on the redeeming social value department. His characters debate communism, Vietnam, draft dodging, civil rights and airplane hijacking, deciding in favour of civil rights.

The story line is barely strong enough to hold the scenes together; it involves a bush pilot and his wife (Vixen, portrayed by Erica Gavin) who take another couple on a fishing weekend in Canada. Also present are Vixen's brother Judd and his black friend Niles (aka Rufus), a draft evader protesting what he believes is a racist war. An Irish Marxist wanders in later from somewhere. There is also a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who wanders off somewhere.

The acting is barely competent, the list of credible actors includes a young Harrison Page (in the role of Niles Brook), as the black draft dodger who also stars in Russ Meyer's Beyond The Valley of the Dolls. Niles comes-off as a politically correct black American who is against the Vietnam war (and has a say in other social political issues for that matter).

Vixen, I guess, can best be described as good unserious fun.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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It is the first Russ Meyer film I have seen and I suppose while it may appeal strongly to fans of his work, there will be others, who will find it downright attrocious. As seen in reviews of some of his other works, the first question is whether it is porn or not. I guess it might be seen as a late 1960s version of soft porn and there is certainly nudity aplenty (the sex scenes will appear relatively quaint and funny to a modern viewer).

The movie revolves around the life of Vixen, a Canadian woman of voracious appetite (not of hte food kind) and for the time, I guess, empowerment. And while everything from racial relations, to free love, to communism, the Vietnam war and gender roles in disarray is thrown in, and in some way addressed, sex is probably the element used to shock the viewers; admittedly the shock would have been greater at the time than it is for a viewer today, although the impropriety of some relationships still has the power to surprise even today.

In some ways Russ Meyer was trying to push the boundaries in similar ways as Robert Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land) did in science fiction, or Frank Zappa (Have I Offended Someone) did in music for freedom of speech and expression. And in some ways, in spite of portraying women mostly scantily clad, busty and lusty, he possibly does more for their empowerment than many a feminist tract.

Whether he succeeds with it in this movie, will be very much up to the viewer to judge. But I guess his real classic - Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill! [1966] [DVD] - compared by some to Pulp Fiction [DVD] [1994], is the one he should primarily be judged on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Woman or Animal? 10 May 2012
By Bryan A. Pfleeger - Published on Amazon.com
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Russ Meyer was an American original. A former combat photographer in World War II who returned to the United States to become the self proclaimed "King of the Skin Flicks." Meyer not only directed his twenty-three feature films he also produced, filmed, wrote and edited them. If anyone deserves to be called an American auteur he is the man. He managed to create a body of work that is distinctly his own and along the way redefined the way popular films are presented to audiences. A Meyer film has its own look and style and oftentimes its own internal agenda.

Vixen! courted controversy from the start with its frank depiction of an oversexed woman in the CAnadian wilderness. It was the first American film to receive an "X" rating from the MPAA. Vixen (Erica Gavin) lives in British Columbia with her bush pilot husband Tom (Garth Pillsbury). While Tom is often out of town Vixen amuses herself by seducing just about any man she can find. When Tom brings home a bored couple for a weekend of fishing Vixen manages to take both the husband (Robert Aiken) and his beautiful wife Janet (Vincente Wallace) into her bed.

The film is typical Russ Meyer with beautiful scenery and beautiful women in abundance. The film falls a little short in dialogue and acting but truth be told these were never Meyer strong points. Along the way the story veers into a rant about communism and racism making the whole thing seem more important than it really was. The film which was made on a shoestring budget grossed more than twenty six million dollars when movie ticets were only $1.50 so audiences loved the new freedom that could be expressed in film.

The film is presented as a standard DVD. The image was somewhat soft and there was a noticible wobble throughout the film. The sound was fine with no really bad distortion or his. The extra features include an interview with star Erica Gavin and a very well done commentary by Meyer. The commentary is worth tyhe price of admission with Meyer freely discussing both the film and his own interesting life.

While this is not the greatest Meyer film it is well wortn seeing how the film industry pushed the envelope of censorship and paved the way for a whole host of directors to follow.
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