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Blue Summer (1973)       Sometime Sweet Susan (1975)

Summer School Teachers (1974)       Teenage Divorcee (1972)


 

(aka "Love Truck" )

 

directed by Chuch Vincent
USA 1973

 

The summer before going off to college, buddies Tracy (Darcy Hollingsworth) and Gene (Bo White) jump into their van "The Meat Wagon" and bum around in search of tail. They encounter sexy thieving hitchers, a lone biker, pimps, nymphos, and lonely housewives. Nearly every invitation to free love and a good time reveals people on the take or some other downside (the buddies usually manage to turn the tables) but it makes for a memorable summer (amounting to two days it seems) before the inevitable loss of freedom represented by adult life. Although rumored to have been released initially as a hardcore production, BLUE SUMMER as presented here does not feel like a hardcore sex movie lacking the explicit angles (although the lengthy scenes do look real); rather, it feels like a road movie/sex comedy with sex scenes that are more explicit than the norm for the genre. Produced by Allan Shackleton (who had a box office hit with SNUFF by adding fake snuff footage onto the end of another production and hiring people to protest its release), the acting is generally good with the leads having a good rapport and while more quirky than funny (despite comic situations) BLUE SUMMER moves at a quick clip. Seventies porn couple Eric Edwards and the late Chris Jordan appear in separate supporting roles.

An X-rated variation on THREE FACES OF EVE
, SOMETIMES SWEET SUSAN was the first (and only) adult film registered by the Screen Actors Guild and was produced by Craig Baumgarten (who went on to be a Paramount VP and then joined Columbia Pictures). Harry Reems plays a doctor trying to get at the sexual trauma that has split the personality of patient Susan (Shawn Harris) three ways. While BLUE SUMMER does not suffer in its softcore cut (if indeed a hardcore version was produced), SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN does feel lacking as the sex scenes go on and on (seemingly, longer takes of the softcore angles were used rather than shortening the musical accompaniment) and dialogue scenes are flatly directed and fail to convey the dramatic punch that is required of the story while the institution settings fail to convince (the place does not seem so much understaffed as the film under-budgeted). This is unfortunate as Harris (who also provides vocals with composer Scott Mansfield) and Reems are quite good. Also interesting is Sarah Nicholson/Jennifer Jordan (Joseph Sarno's ABIGAIL LESLIE IS BACK IN TOWN) as Reems' attention- (and sex) started wife. The liner notes that while successful "the film seems not to have inspired many unionized copyrights" and this is not surprising as nothing is achieved here that could not have been done without SAG registration (and scale).

SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS is one of Roger Corman's New World Pictures line of sex comedies (usually involving nurses, stewardesses, or teachers). Three pretty teachers take summer jobs at a California high school (where most of the student body aren't much younger than the teachers) and manage to stir up trouble. One has an affair with one of her delinquent students, another puts together a girls' football team (to the consternation of Coach Dick Miller), and a third challenges notions of obscenity with her photography class. The girls uncover illegal activity, corruption, and chauvinism but all ends well. Directed by Barbara Peters - HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP - SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS is the best of the set. Although there is less bare flesh on display than on any of the other titles in the set, it is funny, fast-moving, well-acted, and well-written despite the cliche sex comedy tropes (dirty-minded old women, leering faculty, outraged parents, and gym showers) with such lines as "You give a guy an inch, he takes two, you discover he's got only three, and pretty soon you've got nothing."

TEENAGE DIVORCE tells the story of two men and one woman who, disillusioned with their marriages, get divorces and head to San Diego to try to form a communal existence. Things get ugly when a broke Leonard (Tom Fielding aka Tom Holland, director of FRIGHT NIGHT and CHILD'S PLAY) feels the need to "flash his manhood" by dealing in dope for both the money and the thrill, Ken (George Takei) - who has been fighting off the advances of a queeny film student - discovers his ex-wife is pregnant with his child, and Josie (writer Holly Mascot) tires of Leonard's activities. When they are busted for dope dealing (and set free because the stash was fake), they go their separate ways. The film gets better after the setup which is composed of three tired variations on "we don't communicate any more," pretentious poetry, and five musical montages in the first twenty minutes. After that, the nostalgia for the free love movement of the sixties (the film was shot in 1971 but not released until later) - which the three character missed because of matrimony - is somewhat moving and there are some beautiful views of 70's San Diego along with a lengthy orgy.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 1974

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DVD Review: Secrety Key Motion Pictures (Skin in the Seventies) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Secrety Key Motion Pictures

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:18:48
Video

1.32:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Secrety Key Motion Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.32:1

Edition Details:
• disc 1:
• second feature - SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN (4:3; 1:15:54)
• PUNK ROCK/PLEASURE PALACE DVD set trailer
• SWINGIN' IN THE 70s DVD set trailer (16:9; 1:20)
• GRINDHOUSE TRASH COLLECTION DVD set trailer (16:9; 0:58)
• SKIN IN THE 50s DVD set trailer (4:3; 1:13)
• SKIN IN THE 60s DVD set trailer (4:3; 1:07)
• disc 2:
• SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS (4:3; 1:24:24)
• TEENAGE DIVORCE (4:3; 1:24:33)
• GRINDHOUSE GIRLS OF THE 1970s DVD set trailer (16:9; 1:58)
• DEEP THROAT COMEDY COLLECTION DVD set trailer (16:9; 1:02)
• ALL THE SINS OF SODOM DVD trailer (16:9; 1:37)
• THE COLLEGIATES DVD set trailer (16:9; 1:08)

DVD Release Date: 13 October 2009
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

The fullscreen (likely open-matte) image of BLUE SUMMER is soft and interlaced despite the mid-range bitrate (probably tape-sourced as other Alternative Cinema film-sourced transfers have been progressive). Blacks tend to solarize (sometimes blindingly so) but this is likely a film processing fault and probably was evident in the theatrical screenings. Audio is always clear. Presented in its "softcore producer's cut" SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN is also interlaced and is encoded at the same bitrate as the former film but with better detail (due to the shooting conditions, no doubt). While BLUE SUMMER looks soft and SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN grainy, SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS looks murky at times but like the somewhat better looking TEENAGE DIVORCE (despite persistent vertical scratches), the seventies colors stand out and make it look better than it really does on interlaced TVs.

The orgy sequence in the middle of the film looks very scratch and dark (it may have been shot later to spice up the somewhat serious film). The switch between post-synched and live sound on TEENAGE DIVORCE is very noticeable but that is not a fault of the transfer. Pressing the GRIND-IT button on the main menu is a "Play All" button that is said to emulate the grindhouse experience by inserting trailers in between the two films but the trailers (separately playable in the extras menu) are for the DVD theme sets of such grindhouse pics not original trailers themselves. None of the films look good on the set and it is a pity that the quadruple feature experience could not be reproduced on one disc (with actual trailers rather than DVD trailers) without sacrificing quality further the films are entertaining (in varying degrees).

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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directed by Fred Donaldson
USA 1975

Theatrical Release: 1975

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DVD Review: Secrety Key Motion Pictures (Skin in the Seventies (disc 1)) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

Runtime 1:15:54
Video

1.30:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Secrety Key Motion Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.30:1

Edition Details:
• see BLUE SUMMER specs

DVD Release Date: 13 October 2009
Amaray

Chapters 16

 


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directed by Barbara Peters
USA 1974

Theatrical Release: 1 August 1974 (USA)

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DVD Review: Secret Key Motion Pictures (Skin in the Seventies) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

Runtime 1:24:24
Video

1.28:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Secret Key Motion Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen - 1.28:1

Edition Details:
• see BLUE SUMMER specs

DVD Release Date: 13 October 2009
Amaray

Chapters 18

 


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(aka "Josie's Castle" )

 

directed by Lawrence E. Mascot
USA 1972

Theatrical Release: 1972 (USA)

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DVD Review: Secret Key Motion Pictures (Skin in the Seventies) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

Runtime 1:24:32
Video

1.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Secret Key Motion Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.32:1

Edition Details:
• see BLUE SUMMER specs

DVD Release Date: 13 October 2009
Amaray

Chapters 18

 


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Distribution

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Region 0 - NTSC



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