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.