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Mudhoney (1965)      Lorna (1964)


(aka "Mud Honey" or "Mudhoney... Leaves a Taste of Evil!" or "Rope of Flesh" or "Rope of Love" )

 

directed by Russ Meyer
USA 1965

 

Big screen stories of the South have always maintained their fair share of melodrama. After all, shame, scandal, and shady characters have always been a part of the Southern literary tradition. Mudhoney (1965), Russ Meyer's campy contribution to Red State stereotypes, is true to form: land duels, feuding family members, town gossips, corrupt clergymen and everybody attempting to drink enough corn liquor to kill the pain. While Meyer might not have had first hand experience living below the Mason-Dixon, the film takes the one thing that Meyer knows best - the well-endowed female form - and showcases it in probably the least sexualized of historical situations, the Great Depression.

Excerpt of review from Millie de Chirico located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1965 (USA)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films (The Russ Meyer Collection) - Region 0 - PAL

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Arrow Films

Region 0 - PAL

Also available in the Russ Meyer Collection which includes 18 films!

Runtime 1:32:51
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer Reel

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2005
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Chapters 6

 

Comments

Together "Mudhoney" and "Lorna" constitute a pair of steamy moralistic southern dramas that would seem to be a perfect compliment to Kazan's "Baby Doll" or perhaps even Ford's "Tobacco Road". Both of the films, which star Russ Meyer's then muse Lorna Maitland, are set in a world of abject poverty and loose moral codes. The wrong doers suffer in the end of both outings, and make for decent enough entertainment.

Unfortunately the image on this disc, and indeed all of the films included in Arrow's Russ Meyer Collection, can only be described as a disappointment. The image is incredibly soft and carries low levels of contrast and clarity. The image also contains very distracting ghosting that occurs during almost any movement, no matter how fast it is. Finally, the image is also interlaced. Even when my computer ran interlacing correcting programs, the combing was readily apparent. When they were turned off, horizontal movements looked like they do in the seventh capture on both films.

The sound on this release was just fine, with the Dolby Digital 2.0 sounding clear and about as good as the tracks come. Unfortunately there are no subtitles on the release.

The only extra included is a trailer reel that is found on a number of the releases in this collection.

While the release is far from ideal, I'll give the disc a slight recommendation. What you see is what you get with the poor image, but the films are entertaining enough. Hopefully there'll be a better release in the future of these films.

 - The Immoral Mr. Teas

 



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directed by Russ Meyer
USA 1964

 

This tale of sex and violence from Russ Meyer tells the tale of young, voluptuous Southern bride Lorna (Lorna Maitland). Her husband James (James Rucker) doesn't fulfill her sexually, but when an escaped convict rapes her, she discovers that she is strongly attracted to him despite his brutal treatment of her. This skillful, controversial melodrama bears the unmistakable stamp of early Meyer.

Excerpt of review from Rotten Tomatoes located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 11th, 1964 (1964)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films (The Russ Meyer Collection) - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution

Arrow Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:19:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer Reel

DVD Release Date:

Chapters 6



DVD Menus
 

 


Screen Captures

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 
Heavy Combing and Ghosting

 


DVD Box Cover

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Distribution

Arrow Films

Region 0 - PAL

Also available in the Russ Meyer Collection which includes 18 films!




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