Def By Temptation (1990) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: James Bond III
STARRING: James Bond III, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome
Joel (James Bond III) grew up in the church but has started questioning his beliefs. After sensing a supernatural presence from his deceased father, Joel becomes compelled to visit his cousin, K (Kadeem Hardison) in New York. But shortly after arriving, he and K become embroiled in a series of mysterious homicides of local men, all of whom were last seen in the company of a mysterious and beautiful woman, who has now set her bloodthirsty sights on K…
Def By Temptation was a well-known movie among the ranks of Troma DVD releases. The thing is, however, the oftentimes VHS looking releases from Troma never really did the visual aspect of this movie justice. That’s now a problem that this movie no longer has to deal with after being released on this great looking Blu-ray. A release that shows the visual side of this one if nothing else. Even if this one isn’t really your cup of tea, you’ll still respect the look of things here and the themes they bring with them. I’ll admit I’m not as crazy about this succubus-style demon woman who makes the showers pour blood, seduces men of all variety, and often times takes the time to have a funny moment or two. I know what I described there makes this movie sound great and some of you probably think it is, but something about it didn’t always click with me and whatever that is takes away from my opinion on the film.
I do like the creative side of it and I can appreciate the comedy side of things when something funny happens. Heck, I’m even a fan of some of the actors you see in this one. But what hurts this one for me ranges from the slower pace of things to the oftentimes saxophone music we hear playing. It and some of the content at times make this come across more like a bad Skinamax film rather than what it actually is. You could say it has its moments and you’d be right, the effects and such can be good. But this movie turns out to be a lot of sizzle with very little steak for me. I do, however, admit that this Blu-ray blows the old DVDs out of the water and you should toss those and get this if you do like the movie or have never seen it before.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm original camera negative
– Brand new career-spanning audio interview with writer/producer/director/actor James Bond III
– “Ernest & Lloyd” – a candid conversation between cinematographer Ernest Dickerson and Lloyd Kaufman
– Film historian and critic Michael Gingold on Def By Temptation
– Original trailer
– Archival article gallery
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles
This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Derek Gabryszak) is limited to just 1,500 units and is only available at VinegarSyndrome.com!
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 96%