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The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet / The Notorious Cleopatra (1969)

Forman Shane , William Rotsler , Peter Perry Jr.  |  NC-17 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Forman Shane, William Rotsler, Dee Lockwood, Wendell Swink, Mickey Jines
  • Directors: Peter Perry Jr.
  • Writers: Jim Macher, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Peter Perry Jr., Harry H. Novak
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069HZ1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet / The Notorious Cleopatra" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Costumed Skinflick Trailers for "The Brazen Women of Balzac," "A Clockwork Blue," "Fanny Hill," "The Nine Ages of Nakedness," "Roman Love Temple" and "The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet!"
  • The Queen of the Nile stars in Sexy Short Subjects "Cleopatra's Milk Bath" and "Cleopatra's Asp," and Ancient Roman beauties strut their stuff in the Special Arcade Short Subject, "Roman Holiday!"
  • Gallery of Harry Novak Exploitation Art with Radio Spot Rarities!
  • Harry Novak Gallery of Exploitation Photos!
  • NOTE: "Secret Sex Lives" is 1.78:1, "Notorious Cleopatra" is Full Frame 1.33:1

Editorial Reviews

It's Shakespeare with skin in "The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet" (1969, 92 min.), an outrageously bawdy, sexed-up version of the world's most famous love story! A crackpot cast of mostly busty redheads performs the immortal tale of two lovers who end up loving just about everyone amidst a non-stop barrage of dumb jokes, gleeful nudity, rambunctious sex scenes, whipping, whipped cream, Derrick the Horny Hunchback, and literature's most famous line of dialogue, "Sock it to me!" "The Notorious Cleopatra" (1970, 87 min.) - Sexually voracious fat slob Caesar sends Marc Antony to bring the notorious Cleopatra back to Rome. Though he's ordered to keep his hands to himself, Antony quickly falls under the Queen's spell (no surprise since she's played by the black and beautiful Sonora), leading to a virgin sacrifice, an Egyptian orgy, the Ides of March, and a shocker of an ending in this wacky sex comedy you won't see on the History Channel anytime soon!

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sock It To Me!" December 26, 2006
This 1969 cult-hit amounts to a bawdy parody of Shakespeare's early tragedy. While the film dispenses with nearly all the play's poetry it has an appeal of its own--a sense of joyfulness or playfulness running through all its orgies, nudities, sexual frolics. It reminds me most of a Mozart opera--without the music, but with much greater explicitness. Perhaps if we were all blessed with more beauty or more imagination, life itself would resemble this fantastic, witty, uninhibited little film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, Unenhanced Actresses November 9, 2006
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This is a classic from the late sixties. Zefferelli's Romeo & Juliet had just won several awards; Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was the most popular comedy/satire show on TV. So, this film was set up in the same format as Laugh-In, with cut aways to cameos, and liberally peppered with Laugh-In's catch phrase "Sock it to me!" It was a simpler age, when all a naked redhead had to do in a movie was--well--be naked. And all natural, of course. The Cleopatra flick was OK.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not weird enough August 29, 2003
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i bought this cause it is soft porn, a double feature, and had plenty of extras. unfortunately...
the soft porn is really soft, very little of it is actually erotic or sexy. both films fail to capitalize on these aspects because of their inherent campiness.
i actually preferred Cleo over R&J, but not by much. neither are very good but at least Cleo had a little more sensuality, more "love" scenes, while R&J was almost a comedy(an unfunny one at that)
the extras are ok, but unless you're a die hard fan or an extreme collector, you'll probably access them just once.
overall, if you're looking for high eroticism or classic porn, look elsewhere. if you're just looking for something different, then this just might be weird enough to hold your interest. personally, i found it to be too run of the mill to be anything special.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily worth the price, just for the Cleopatra film. January 2, 2011
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You don't rent or buy these movies for accuracy or talent. That having been said, "The Notorious Cleopatra" may be one of the finest fleshfest nudie films of all time in the softcore genre; and "The Secret Sex Lives Of Romeo And Juliet" may be, or actually is the worst fleshfest nudie film of all time. Just think of this 2 movie set as marketed so that you get a great film at a fair price, and a crappy movie for free as a conveyance for getting to know the farthest ends of the spectrum in film making. If I were you though, I'd skip the Romeo & Juliet film completely. The box cover art says the Cleopatra film is "the greatest adult motion picture ever made in Hollywood." I'm not an absolute expert, but I'd have to agree with that statement. Worth buying, just for the Cleopatra film. Any reviewer that criticizes the Cleopatra film is just proving they forgot their medication and need to get back into their straight jacket until the medicine can begin working again. Same goes for any reviewer who praises the Romeo & Juliet film. Yes it is that simple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Really Retro December 17, 2009
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I wasn't born in the 70s but this DVD had me laughing more than actually watching it. If you are not a fan of cult films then this isn't for you.
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