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on 13 October 2011
This is a pretty nice 2 fer1 package that gives you both the first and second parts of the 'Bound Heat' production of "Caligula's Spawn" all on one disk. For anyone who isn't familiar with the 'Bound Heat' product - they are a series of, relatively, soft core films made in the Czech Republic that typically feature some light weight B&D elements and a lot of tastey young Czech girls running around in their 'birthday suits'. "Caligula's Spawn" is purportedly set in ancient Roman times and focuses on a couple of female slave traders who procure and train peasant girls from the Germanic provinces to feed the slave markets of Rome. The flik starts with a scene of a couple of 'resident' slave girls being disciplined then jumps to the capture of 3 new girls in the forest. Most of the 'action' deals with 'breaking in' these new slave girls. The titular deviant emperor 'Caligula' actually never puts in an appearance, but it turns out that one of the newly captured girls is the niece of a Roman patrician and this gets the principal, very attractive, female slave trader (Drusilla) in hot water with the elite Roman clientele that she markets to. Although this sounds like there is actually a plot of sorts at work, the film really is just a series of scenes of the female slave traders relating to their slave girls in a variety of ways. Fer instance... all of the new slave girls are 'examined' individually at (great) length, they get scrubbed down in a bath by more naked slave girls, some get punished for their disobedience by being chained to a wheel grinding grain or tied to a cross & whipped, and (of course) there are ample scenes of sapphic love-making. In the end, there is a flip-flop of power as the slaves become the masters and Drusilla is made to suffer the indignaties that she formerly dished out.
The quality of this movie is mixed and I'd say enjoyment of it would depend on what the viewer is looking for. What makes the 'Bound Heat' product somewhat unique is its' use of themes of (soft) dominance & submission to create sexual tension between the female characters in their scenes. This can be pretty hot if you like such fare - the girls ARE exceptionally attractive and generally unclothed all the time - the (widescreen) image quality is very sharp so you can just about count the pubic hairs (what few of them there are!) the photography and production values are very nice. All of the 'sex' is girl/girl and despite lotsa full female nudity, the camera angles keep everything 'soft core'. This is sort of like "Playboy Channel" style S&M. All good stuff!
On the less positive side: the 'pacing' of the films is rather slow with long drawn out sequences of little 'action', and the scripting is sophomoric and awkwardly delivered in thickly inappropriate accents. There is a lot of 'recycled footage' in Part 2 - possibly up to a third of the total run time is devoted to 'flash-backs' of scenes from Part 1 - under the circumstances this is sort of wasted time, but again it is all basically more naked girl footage - so I guess could be considered "time well wasted". In the final analysis it's mostly a grand girl watching experience as a bevy of naked young Czech lovelies 'torment' and 'pleasure' one another. - a pleasant enuf viewing experience at a hefty 2 1/2 hours of prime Euro T&A, but nothing to 'write home about'.