Standard Digital Unleashes <i>The Animal In Me</i>

Standard Digital has released a new, remastered edition of Taboo director Kirdy Stevens' acclaimed 1985 feature The Animal in Me. In stores now, the release completes the library of Stevens' Golden Age hardcore classics on DVD.

The Animal in Me stars Colleen Brennan as Maggie, a kinky romance novelist who seduces her daughter's boyfriend Doctor Morgan (Jerry Butler). In return, Maggie's daughter Pepper (Karen Summer) beds mom's vulgar construction-worker lover Travis (Craig Roberts).

Like the original Taboo movies, The Animal in Me was scripted by Stevens' wife Helene Terry. The movie boasts several white-hot sex scenes, including a threesome with Penthouse Pet Gina Valentina taking on the young Tom Byron and Peter North, and Brennan's lesbian seduction of her assistant (Heather Wayne.)

Under the name Sharon Kelly, Brennan starred in such '70s sexploitation classics as The Dirty Mind of Young Sally and Alice Goodbody. She began doing hardcore movies in 1983, appearing in the third and fifth installments of Stevens' Taboo series, among others. Brennan was the hostess for the first two annual XRCO awards ceremonies, held at Gazzarri's on the Sunset Strip.

"My dad was trying to talk Colleen into doing hardcore for years," recalled Standard Digital president Steve Stevens, who oversaw the DVD remasters of his father's classic XXX titles. "She had been a pin-up model, and she was a really good actress."

The younger Stevens said the new presentation of The Animal in Me is the best since the feature has looked since its original release.

"Standard and my father are known mostly for the Taboo series, but the other films he shot -- Playing with Fire and Daisy Chain, which are available now, as well as The Animal in Me -- are all excellent movies in their own right," he said. "Any fan of strong plotlines and X-rated features owes it to him or herself to check out the productions directed by my father and produced by Standard Digital. Our movies don't rely on special effects to make their sales, but they are true classics of the adult cinema with scripts that can only be told as an adult-oriented feature."

According to Jon Islas, general manager of Standard Digital's exclusive distributor Addictive Entertainment, the demand for Kirdy Stevens' work remains high.

"We literally cannot keep enough pieces of Taboo in stock and Kirdy Stevens' other titles, including The Animal in Me and Playing with Fire, are well-liked in their own right," said Islas. "Kirdy Stevens' movies have an incredible following, proving that there is a market for well-produced classic X-rated features."

For more information, distributors may contact Jon at 818-609-7225 or [email protected]