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3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Zalman King's last project before his untimely death, Pleasure Or Pain breaks new ground and
presents a 9 1/2 Weeks for the new millennium.
Victoria, a beautiful young woman just emerging in L.A. as a jewelry designer, meets
Jack, a handsome and wealthy entrepreneur. Her life changes forever
as he courts her with a combination of charm, romance and adventure that she finds irresistible. Jack
continuously prods Victoria to be more daring in their sexual
adventures....but it all becomes too much for her, and she tries to leave. And so begins a dark, downward
spiral that almost costs Victoria her sanity and even her life. She tells her story as a warning to other women who may come face-to-face with this same kind of thrilling but dangerous psychological and sexual possession.

Product Details

  • Actors: Malena Morgan, Christos Vasilopoulos, Kayla Jane
  • Directors: Zalman King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K12K8P4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. S. HARDEN VINE VOICE on May 25, 2014
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Normally, I view these movies as one in the same ("Soft Porn", "Blue", "Erotic", etc...). But, after watching this particular entry from end-to-end, I was pleased with the psychological aspects of obsession/want/desire demonstrated.

What is one willing to do for love?

How far will one go?

Watch and see.

Normally, people watch these films for the physical act. You won't see much of that here (unlike other flicks, where it seemingly happens every five minutes)! Secondly, it was obvious that a decent sum of money was allocated for the actors wardrobe - and it shows! The wardrobe really enhances the scenes! Very, very stylish (see what I mean for yourself)!

The script? Decent! (again, better than most for this type of film)

Overall, I rate "Pleasure or Pain" - Four stars!

P.S., Even thought this project came out in 2012, I just learned today that this was Zalman King's last effort before his untimely passing - R.I.P., Zalman!

P.P.S., (09/08/14) I originally paid the $26.95 for this, now under $14/US. Great price for the product! Recommended!
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The box cover synopsis for this Zalman King erotic production refers to it as: "9 1/2 Weeks for a new generation" and that pretty much sums up the 'plot' of this flik. A rich, worldly guy (Jack) seduces a younger naive woman (Victoria) and puts her through a lot of sexual 'changes' for 'lord knows' what purpose?!

There is an irony that this re-hash of his own ground-breaking 1986 film (that was largely responsible for putting his name on the map) proved to be King's final release prior to his death.

Like all of King's soft core ero-ductions this 'film' has slick production values and is loaded with 'attractive' individuals who are panting after one another. Several of the key set pieces from "9 1/2 Weeks" are reprised: the 'food sex' and: having the girl dress up in men's clothing gender/bender scenes in particular, and the ladies are constantly being 'commanded' to remove their underwear and 'do it' in unusual places. This film definitely would appear to be focused on female fantasies of the '50 Shades of Gray" soft dominance variety.

For me, as a male viewer, the stand-out elements were decidedly the attractiveness of the females involved in the production and their tendency to be shedding their clothing at the drop of a hat. Despite the fact that a lot of panties get discarded the camera keeps everything 'soft core' throughout, and never drops below the waist in any of the nude scenes - thus no full nakedness - ever! Likewise - the 'sex scenes' are also 'artfully' handled to keep them at a 'respectable' level that might play on TV... which IS where much of King's product ended up.

In the final analysis, despite a lot of well lit attractive female (and male) flesh on display, I found the end result to be rather un-engaging.
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The actors in this film are smokin'. Lovely bodies - nice to look at - naked or clothed. The cinemtography is fantastic - great lighting, highlighting the emotion and action of each scene. By and large, sylistically, the film rocks. I have no complaint with the look of the film and the looks of the actors. Obviously all of Mr. King's flurishes.

Unfortunately, the lead actor who plays Jack reminded me of Michael Nader of Dynasty and All My Children (can't hide my age). I kept expecting him to say "Alexis!" The other actors - well, although their bodies were smokin', tight with great physiques - they just couldn't act with the appropriate feelings. I failed to be stimulated (err) by the sex portrayed. It looked overly choreographed as if each motion/stroke/smack had been done on a power point. I half expected in the credits to read who the lipstick co-ordinator was.

The scene in the club - was interesting. The music behind the scene seemed more sexual to me than action on the floor. By and large, a film made well, but the acting left me feeling eh.
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Horrible! Malena Morgan is the worst actress ever and what is wrong with the way she speaks. I have seen hard core porn movies with better actors than this! What a disappointing last piece of work from Zalman King!
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As erotic as this movie is; and you kind of have to except that, the story line could or should be better. Think about the 'buy' decision
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I was finally able to watch this movie on YouTube. And I must say it is a movie that gets you thinking. Told from Victoria ' s POV she tells the story of how she met Jack. How it went from love to tragedy. And the sex is soft porn but deeply erotic. Zalman King did a good job. Not saying this is his best but it is a movie to watch.
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Loved this film and had been waiting for it since I caught on TV. Erotic and tasteful- a must see for fans of erotica.
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50 shades wannabe ...similar premise both sucked in execution on tape. I would not recommend either movie!!
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