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Released: Jul 01st, 1986
Running Time: 80
Director: Danielle Rogers
Company: Dreamland Home Video
Cast: Kimberly Carson, Rick Savage, Paul Thomas, Sheena Horne, Eric Edwards
Critical Rating: AAA
Gosh, this video looks good. The camera work is sharp and right on top of every thing, the video quality is excellent and the use of slow-motion helps heighten some of the sexual encounters. This feature probably didn't cost much more than the typical video, but it sure glistens with professionalism. It's the first in what Dreamland calls, "The Danielle Rogers Romance Series."
It's too bad, then, that Thy Neighbor's Wife is hampered from some very basic problems. The first — and, ultimately, most damaging — is the casting of newcomer Sheena Home in the film's pivotal role. She plays the wife of Paul Thomas, a rich and jealous aristocrat, and the basis of writer Eric Edwards' obsession. Edwards is on his way on assignment to interview world-renowned adventurer Kimberly Carson, when he stops by the home of Thomas, Immediately, he's smitten by wife Home. Eventually, the four principles get together, and the stage is set for tangled emotions of sexual jealousy which leads to some fatal developments.
This interesting premise, peppered with lively narration by Edwards' character, is defeated by the presence of Home, who talks in a high-pitched Valley Girl squeal and acts in a manner that makes Sylvester Stallone seem like Robert De Niro. It's not that she's unappealing — just wrong for the video's most important role. We never believe how anyone can be totally consumed by her presence; why anyone — let alone Edwards and Thomas — would put her on such a pedestal.
In fact, her amateurish thesping sends the production off-balance, as Edwards and Thomas bring a familiar brand of macho stoicness to their roles, and Kim Carson once again excels in a turn as a horny bitch. A highlight is her lesbian encounter with Home. Thankfully, "oohs" and "ahhs" and probing close-ups supplant Home's, like, fer sure, delivery.
Geared at the couples' market, Thy Neighbor's Wife has several things going to recommend it. It's just that the title character is not worthy of the rest of this classy production.