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(aka "Loose Screws" or "Screwballs II")

 

directed by Rafal Zielinski
Canada 1985

 

When jock Steve Hardman (Lance Van Der Kolk) - in leather jacket and aviator sunglasses - gets handsy giving tennis lessons to a coed in a see-through top, future fratboy Brad Lovett (Bryan Genesse) plays strip poker with two co-eds using loaded dice, nerd Hugh G. Rection - yuk yuk - (Alan Deveau) uses his knowledge of video and electronics to look up classmates' skirts, and fat Marvin Eatmore (Jason Warren) spies on the cheerleaders, the Beaver High principal tells them that they must attend a summer school - Cockswell Academy - or they will not graduate. Naturally, this exclusive summer school is full of hot, gullible girls who fall for the quartet's attempts to get laid (including dressing up as doctors for full physicals, dressing in drag to pose as fellow coeds in the dorms, rigging up a camera in the locker room, switch the school documentary with a stag film, etc). There's a French teacher named Mona Lott, a couple group, a beach bikini dance number, a rock number, and a wet T-shirt contest to keep things moving at a clip for 76 minutes. Plus, there's also another one of those buzz-kill principals/deans/headmasters who needs to get his comeuppance. Despite much bad hair and spandex, Canadian director Rafal Zielinski (who also helmed SCREW BALLS of which this film is marketed as a sequel in some territories) adds a degree of visual polish that sets it apart from its PORKY'S rip-off cohorts like the impoverished KING FRAT.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: August 1985 (USA)

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DVD Review: Severin Films - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Severin Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:33
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.71 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: Severin Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with Director Rafal Zielinski
• Interview with Producer Maurice Smith (16:9; 9:55)
• Interview with Production Manager Ken Gord (16:9; 4:58)
• International Version - presented in Authentic VHS-Vision! (16:9; 1.33:1; 1:28:19)

DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 15

 

Comments

Previously released on R1 DVD (HERE) by Buena Vista in its R-rated version, Severin presents this theatrical version under the label of the director's cut (but newly mastered in HD) - Zielinski says it is his preferred cut - and the uncensored international version (advertised on the cover as being "Presented in Authentic VHS-Vision!") which runs 10 minutes longer (although the commentary moderator informs us that there is no additional nudity, the preferred US version is simply a tighter cut). The 1.33:1 image - complete with overscan lines - in placed within a 16:9 pallette.

 

As with some other recent Severin titles, the case says Dolby 2.0 (the film is 2.0 mono) but this is then illustrated with the full 5.1 speaker diagram. Zielinski (SCREWBALLS) provides a somewhat pretentious audio commentary for the shorter version (where he says archetypal, read "tired and stereotypical" and he compares the different attributes of his lead quartet to the "four wheels of a Buddhist circle"). Interviews with the producer and production manager round out the package. There is no trailer for the feature. Severin is also releasing this film on Blu-ray (HERE).

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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