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Directed by Bob Kellett
UK 1971

 

Based on David Percival's acclaimed play Girlfriend, Girl Stroke Boy is a one-of-a-kind comedy which tells of two everyday, middle-class parents who are confounded when their son brings home his new partner: an elegant, confusingly androgynous West Indian (actor and pop star Peter Straker in a pioneering performance).

Directed with an affectionate, light touch by Bob Kellet (Up Pompeii, Space: 1999) and featuring a superb cast, including Joan Greenwood (Mysterious Island, Kind Hearts and Coronets), Michael Hordern (The Missionary, Barry Lyndon), Patricia Routledge (To Sir, with Love), and Clive Francis (A Clockwork Orange), Girl Stroke Boy still packs a punch today thanks to Straker's flamboyant performance (British cinema's first gay leading role to be played by a black actor) and the prescient subject matter. Long out of circulation, this new, restored edition marks the film's worldwide Blu-ray premiere.

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Theatrical Release: August 12th, 1971

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:25:58.278        
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,538,198,419 bytes

Feature: 25,222,986,432 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The BEHP Interview with John Scott (2018 - 1:38:35): far-reaching discussion of the composer's work, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project
New interview with the film's star Peter Straker (2022 - 13:40)
New appreciation by film historian and curator Alex Davidson (2022 - 16:17)
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
A Couple of Beauties (Francis Searle, 1972 - 28:59): innuendo-laden comedy short starring Manchester-based female impersonator Bunny Lewis
Limited edition exclusive booklet with new essay by Jane Giles, archival interview with Peter Straker, a look at the reception of the source play Girlfriend, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on A Couple of Beauties, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 17th, 2022
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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (January 2022): Indicator have transferred Bob Kellett's Girl Stroke Boy to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "New restoration from a 4K scan of rare surviving film elements by Powerhouse Films". The 1080P image is a bit rough with a video-like presentation that is probably reflective of the source. There are moments of depth and reasonable detail in close-ups but the overall quality is rather middling, with - we presume - Indicator utilizing the best elements available. It is clean and consistent.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Girl Stroke Boy has no aggressive moments and is essentially dialogue-driven. The score is by John Scott (Satan's Slave, A Study in Terror, 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Ted Kotcheff's classic Wake in Fright, Billy Two Hats, plus Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Cop-Out, Symptoms, and Cult Camp Classics like 1970's Trog with Joan Crawford etc.) sounding clean and heightening the film's moods. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers a BEHP (British Entertainment History Project) interview with composer John Scott for 1.5 hours from 2018. This is a far-reaching discussion of the composer's diverse body of work. There is also a new 1/4 hour interview with the film's star Peter Straker and a new 16-minute appreciation by film historian and curator Alex Davidson. The Blu-ray has an image gallery of promotional and publicity material. From 1972 is Francis Searle's 1/2 hour A Couple of Beauties - it's an innuendo-laden comedy short starring Manchester-based female impersonator Bunny Lewis. The package has a limited edition exclusive booklet with new essay by Jane Giles, archival interview with Peter Straker, a look at the reception of the source play Girlfriend, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on A Couple of Beauties, and film credits

Bob Kellett's Girl Stroke Boy is miles ahead of its time. While often cute and probing, part of its shock value has become somewhat dated. There is value from a prescient historical standpoint and it has some decent comedy with Joan Greenwood and Michael Hordern playing well off each other. I suspect Girl Stroke Boy will not appeal to a large swath of viewers but I am glad I saw it and it was surprising on a few cinematic fronts. As usual the Indicator Blu-ray package has plenty of value with extensive supplements and booklet. Interested parties should indulge.

Gary Tooze

 


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