The Film (4/5)
I have never been a porn guy. I have pretty much always subscribed to the John Waters' opinion of porn, that it is akin to watching open heart surgery. Needless to say when I get the DVD's of the “In The Sign...” series in the mail I was a little apprehensive. The covers definitely looked like porn, but like the old adage to never judge a book by it's cover, I popped Agent 69 Jensen: In the Sign of the Scorpio into my DVD player. I was pleasantly surprised.
The film definitely falls into the hardcore porn category, but what we have here is a real film, shot ON film, and an attempt at a plot. Not only that, but the film is pretty damn funny. This film (and the rest of the series) feels like a mash up of Monty Python and Benny Hill if they had decided to make porn comedies.
Agent 69 Jensen: In The Sign of the Scorpio tells the story of a wannabe health food clerk who is accidentally entrusted with an important piece of microfilm, and gets involved in a plot to deliver a piece of microfilm safely. Unfortunately, he is captured by the enemy “Scorpio,” and so the film must be recovered by Agent 69 Jensen (Ole Softoft) before it's secrets can be uncovered.
The film actually plays better as a normal movie then as a porn. It does feature hardcore sex scenes, but the scenes begin and end within a more natural context, so that the film doesn't stop to incorporate them. They are simply part of the film. The film is a really fun spy film, and features appearances by Torben Bille(the Sinful Dwarf) and Anna Bergman (Ingmar's daughter).
Smirk DVD has presented Agent 69 Jensen: In the Sign of the Scorpio with a crisp well-restored 1:78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The DVD looks fantastic, and does the film justice. There is no visibile print damage. The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Danish, and it sounds as good as it looks.
The only problem I have with the disc is the lack of extras. After watching the film I wanted to know more about it, unfortunately, the only extra on the whole thing is a stills gallery that goes through pictures from the film.
This is a great fun film. It needs to be seen to be believed. The extras are light, but the A/V is pretty much perfect. If you are a fan of 70's European comedy and don't mind a little sex with your humor than you should check it out.