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Directed by William Asher
USA 1965

 

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini finds swinging, surfing, singer, Frankie (Frankie Avalon, Muscle Beach Party) serving naval reserve duty in Tahiti separated from his beach bunny, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello, Beach Blanket Bingo). Frankie, fearing that Dee Dee might be having as much fun as he is in his tropical paradise, enlists the help of the local island witch doctor, Bwana (Buster Keaton, The General) to keep an eye on what’s going on back home. And what’s going on back home is that suave advertising executive, Ricky (Dwayne Hickman, Cat Ballou) has his sights set on Dee Dee. And Dee Dee might just be receptive to his advances.

Grab your swimsuits and surfboards because the fun is just beginning in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini featuring those beach movie favorites Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck, Stalag 17), Bonehead (Jody McCrea, Beach Blanket Bingo), Mike (Michael Nadar, TV’s Dynasty), and Puss (Alberta Nelson, Bikini Beach), along with several new faces including B.D. “Big Deal” MacPherson (Brian Donlevy, Woman They Almost Lynched) and Peachy Keane (Mickey Rooney, Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is directed by William Asher (Beach Blanket Bingo, Muscle Beach Party), written by Asher and Leo Townsend (Beach Blanket Bingo, I’d Rather Be Rich), photographed by Academy Award winner Floyd Crosby (1931: Cinematography, Tabu) with music by Les Baxter (Beach Blanket Bingo, Muscle Beach Party).

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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is considered to be the strangest of the "Beach Party" movies. Frankie (Frankie Avalon) is off in the navy, serving in the South Pacific, and nervous about all of the guys that will be hitting on Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) back at the beach. He makes a deal with an eccentric white witch doctor (Buster Keaton), who conjures up a woman named Cassandra (Beverly Adam) who is irresistible to all men, and she attracts all of the guys on the beach. But complications ensue when lunatic advertising man Mickey Rooney decides to try and make Cassandra a new national sex symbol, and she gets noticed by nutsy bike gang leader Erik Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck), who vows to have her. With enough plot complications to rival A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wild Bikini is laced with satire and some surprisingly good music.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 14th, 1965

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Review: Olive - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Olive - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:57.376        
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2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,082,409,837 bytes

Feature: 22,857,963,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1846 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1846 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,082,409,837 bytes

Feature: 22,857,963,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.93 Mbps

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• Trailer (2:14)


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 25th, 2019
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Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Olive Blu-ray (June 2019): Olive have, inexplicably, transferred How to Stuff a Wild Bikini to Blu-ray. It looks surprisingly strong on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate - colors are deep and vibrant, detail is consistent and the overall image quality is pleasing. It looks very good with a smattering of grain texture.
 

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On their Blu-ray, Olive use a DTS-HD 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and score by Les Baxter (The Man With the X-Ray Eyes The Comedy of Terrors, Panic in the Year Zero, US version of Baron Blood, The Beast Within) there is also the theme How to Stuff a Wild Bikini performed by John Ashley and the Cast, How About Us performed by the Mickey Rooney Beach Girls, That's What I Call a Healthy Girl, Give Her Lovin, If It's Gonna Happen performed by Annette Funicello and other numbers. Olive offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Olive Blu-ray has only a trailer as an extra - and they continue to release, mostly, bare-bones packages outside of their Signature releases.

One of more sexist and bizarre of the 'Beach' flics - it's really a disaster but appealing because of it (so baaaad, it's goood). Hot Summer is still a favorite. Sad to see Keaton + Donlevy, Rooney is typically outrageous, Frankie Avalon has, intelligently, a minor role rather than starring with Annette'... but it remains fun - the songs, the pretty gals, hunky guys... and someone thought it was deserved of a Blu-ray. Some tongue-in-cheek extras may have been a good idea.

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