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(aka "Super Vixens" or "Russ Meyer's Supervixens" or "Supervixens - Eruption")

 

directed by Russ Meyer
USA 1975

 

Not Chapter 2 of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but it does find that old sexist reprobate Russ Meyer in agreeably rumbustious form. It returns to the format of Meyer's early independent successes, following its long-suffering hero as he flees across country from a trumped-up charge of murdering his wife, trying to keep his trousers and his hands clean. Things begin spectacularly with some racy cross-cutting, then get bogged down in repetitions, but eventually rally with a hilarious race-against-time finale that outdoes a dozen vintage serials. Meyer's ideas are consistently good, and the dexterity of his editing makes contemporary mainstream Hollywood look all but geriatric; applied to more substantial material, his talents could obviously have produced something really remarkable. But his gift for caricature still makes him a wittier comedy director than, say, Mel Brooks.

Excerpt of review from Time Out London located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 2nd, 1975 (USA)

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DVD Review: Super Vixens (The Russ Meyer Collection) - Region 0 - PAL

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Super Vixens

Region 0 - PAL

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

Runtime 1:45:20
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.30 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: Super Vixens

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Russ Meyer Commentary
• Trailer Reel

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2005
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Comments

Russ Meyer's "Supervixens", although not as famous as his "Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill!" or "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", is prototypical late period Meyer. The film is an over the top story about a man framed for the murder of his shrewish wife by a psychotic police officer played by character actor Charles Napier (perhaps best known for having his character's face worn by Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs"). The film then follows its hero as he runs from his wife's murder and, of course, finds nude and amply endowed women throwing themselves at him at every turn. The film is a lot of fun, although it does feature a few moments of very disturbing violence (another hallmark of Meyer's).

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.


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.

While the commentary by Meyer isn't as over the top of some of the other one's in this collection, it still is quite revealing in his recounting how the film was made and the resulting marital discord. Also 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 film is a hoot and the extras very revealing. Hopefully there'll be a better release in the future that preserves the extras from this one.

 - Immoral Mr. Teas

 



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Heavy Combing and Ghosting

 


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Distribution

Super Vixens

Region 0 - PAL

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




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