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Au Pair Girls [Blu-ray]

 

(Val Guest, 1972)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Tigon Pictures

Video: Redemption (Jezebel)

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:24:32.067

Disc Size: 16,744,986,921 bytes

Feature Size: 16,597,026,816 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

Chapters: 10

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: September 25th, 2012

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 891 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 891 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• none

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: In director Val Guest's sexploitation classic, four beautiful women (Gabrielle Drake, Me Me Lai, Nancie Wait and Astrid Frank) arrive in London to work on their English while they serve in their sponsors' households. But as it turns out, serve has a loose definition -- especially with the ladies' limited understanding of the native tongue -- and plenty of sexual shenanigans soon.

 

 

The Film:

Veteran director Val Guest decided in the early 1970s to venture into the then popular market of sex comedies, and having watched Danish box-office successes Bedroom Mazurka after a recommendation from BBFC censor John Trevelyan, set about writing a British variant in similar style based on a raunchy storyline by self-proclaimed ‘King of Sexploitation’ David Grant. Guest subsequently attempted to distance himself from Au Pair girls and claimed he’d never direct a sex comedy again. Yet two years later he helmed one of the biggest movies of his long career, Confessions of a Window Cleaner. The cast includes RADA-trained Gabrielle Drake, a recognisable face from Gerry Anderson’s UFO tv series, emerging from a water trough in a clinging wet dress.

Excerpt from BritMovie located HERE

Val Guest, veteran director of many interesting British films covering a multitude of subjects, joined the nudie-cutie bandwagon of the 1970s with The Au Pair Girls. Anyone who's taken first-year French will probably know that the title refers to young foreign girls living in England who perform domestic chores in exchange for room and board and the opportunity to learn the English language. In this film, the girls' "services" range far beyond mere light dusting. It's the 1972 equivalent to those old stag reels of the 1950s with titles like Lucky Pierre Goes Fishing. Among the au pair girls in this R-rated effort are Gabrielle Drake, Astrid Frank, and Me Me Lai.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Let's not waste too much time here. Au Pair Girls on Blu-ray from the Jezebel division of Redemption - which is actually Kino - looks thick and hazy.  The image quality is soft and waxy but I suspect this is not far off the way it actually looked way back... when.  Colors are the strong suit and the visuals are bright without undue noise. It advances beyond SD but not by a tremendous amount. The single-layered transfer can only be considered to do an adequate job... of a sub-standard film. Overall it looks about as good as the film is.

 

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Audio :

Actually lossless with a DTS-HD Master mono track at 891 kbps. Nothing remarkable though. Clear as it was originally which is a bit scattered. No subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

Nutt'in

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Cute, but baaaad cheesecake - kind of like poor Benny Hill. Actually it's not that unwatchable if you remember the era and warm to the one dimensional, sexy gal, characters. The Blu-ray will sit on your shelf for years but a scant few will revisit. Only recommendable to very few. 

Gary Tooze

September 18th, 2012

 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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