Blu-ray Release: Wages of Sin

Blu-ray Release Date: Available now
Price: Blu-ray $19.89
Studio: Kino Lorber

Wages of Sin is the 10th volume in Kino Lorber’s series “Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture.”

Weary of repackaging the creaky melodramas of the 1930s and ’40s, exploitation distributors in the 1960s began importing European films, which were more frank in their depictions of sexual matters. Any integrity the original films may have possessed was obliterated by the sensational titles and ad campaigns employed to market them to the American grindhouse.

A perfect example is Der Arzt stellt fest… (The Doctor notes…), a German-Swiss co-production directed by Aleksander Ford (Mir Kumen On). A soap-style dramatization of life inside a women’s clinic, the film argues on behalf of birth control and safe, legal abortion. In the U.S., the film was released by Donn Davison as Wages of Sin and accompanied by a live lecture and additional childbirth shorts, both of which are included here.

This Kino Classics edition includes another serious treatise on birth control (though one not sold on the exploitation circuit): Misery and Fortune of Women, produced by Der Arzt stellt fest… co-producer Lazar Wechsler.

Blu-ray Extras Include:
-Audio commentary by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
-The Misery and Fortune of Women (1929, 58 min.)
-Donn Davison medical lecture/book pitch
-Life and Its Secrecies (11 min.)
-Triplets by Cesarean Section (8 min.)
-Trailer gallery

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.