5 items from 2016
I’ve always been fascinated by the duality of Pre-Code cinema, which is talked up in classic film circles as a sin-fueled dungeon of excess, but in most cases simply uses outlandish scenarios to moralistic ends. Baby Face might be about a woman sleeping her way to the top of society, but Barbara Stanwyck still has to realize love is more important than all the riches she’s accrued. Scarface might glorify violence, but Paul Muni will still get his in the end. Indulgence and retreat; enjoy the highs, but shape up or be doomed. Similarly, in the 1970s, after the Motion Picture Production Code was shattered and a wave of sex-fueled odysseys came rushing to the screens, they tended to strike out familiar territory, using their exploitative qualities to reinforce the status quo. So it is with The Swinging Cheerleaders. Jack Hill’s 1974 cheapo gets high on its topless women and under-the-table groping, »
- Scott Nye
The Swinging Cheerleaders, 1974.
Directed by Jack Hill.
A college newspaper reporter goes undercover in a cheerleader squad in order to expose the supposed demeaning nature of cheerleading but ends up uncovering a lot more.
On the surface The Swinging Cheerleaders looks like a Porky’s-style high school/college sex romp featuring dozen of nubile teens running around and getting into all sorts of mischief that normally ends with their clothes falling off, and while there is a bit of that going on there is also a more serious attempt at a dramatic story that beats at the heart of this film.
- Amie Cranswick
David Lambert at TV Shows on DVD reports the Grady TV show, a Sanford and Son spin-off, starring Whitman Mayo as Grady Wilson, is coming to DVD as a manufacture-on-demand, in July. Grady was cancelled by NBC, after one season during which 10 episodes aired. The Grady TV series cast also includes: Carol Cole, Joe Morton, Rosanne Katon, and Haywood Nelson.After Grady was cancelled, Mayo returned to Sanford and Son, and went on to the Sanford Arms sequel series, but left due to a salary disagreement. Sanford Arms was cancelled by NBC after four episode aired.Read More… »
Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of "Arrow Video" in the Us with several new home video titles available July 2016, including "The Swinging Cheerleaders" [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 5th), "Crimes Of Passion [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 12th) and "Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection" [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 26th):
"The Swinging Cheerleaders" [Blu-ray + DVD] (July 5th):
"'Kate', an undergraduate at 'Mesa University', goes undercover as a cheerleader for her college newspaper in order to expose 'female exploitation in contemporary society'. But instead of oppression she finds love, friendship and a bigger fish to fry: namely corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals..."
Bonus Materials include :
- Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
- High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
- Optional subtitles
- Audio commentary
- Brand new interview with Jack Hill
- Michael Stevens
Can’t get enough looks at Independence Day: Resurgence before its release on June 24th? Four new behind-the-scenes videos have dropped, giving us a look at some pivotal scenes in the film as well as a profile of director Roland Emmerich. Also: a Ghoster concept trailer, details on three new Arrow Video Us releases, and info on the Dances with Films screening of Beacon Point.
Watch Four New Independence Day: Resurgence Videos: “We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, »
- Tamika Jones
5 items from 2016
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