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The Mini-Skirt Mob/Chrome & Hot Leather (MGM Midnite Movie)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+/C     Extras: C-     Films: C/C+



MGM’s Midnite Movies double feature DVDs seem to have a tendency to either have two good B-movies or the second film will usually be better than the first.  Rare sets with sequels not withstanding, that is the way The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968) and Chrome & Hot Leather (1971) break down.  Skirt is a silly romp with Jeremy Slate, Diane McBain and Patty McCormack about “chopper chicks” that are not as challenging or edgy as one would hope, but there are plenty of catfights ion between a kidnapping and possible love triangle.  It also has a dumb title song and is somewhat campy throughout.


Chrome is a bit more serious, with a bunch of soldiers determined to get a bunch of counterculture hippie bikers and round them up.  The impetus occurs when the bikers of around and kill two young ladies in a car.  Too bad one of them is the girlfriend of a Green Beret.  As a bonus, one of them is Cheryl Ladd under a pseudonym.  The cast is of the usual B-movie actors, but one of them is actually singing legend Marvin Gaye as one of the Berets.  Though he does not sing, he gives the best performance in the film, so much so that you’ll wish he were in more.


Both films make a fun time killer, but Chrome is a bit better and a sort of time capsule.  It pits the “new” generation against itself, which is somewhat unusual for such films of the time, especially those acknowledging Vietnam even happened.  At the time, the actual war was not discussed, as just the “soldier coming home” cycle was occurring.  This is one of the more interesting examples of that.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on both films are a bit softer than expected, both in color.  Mob has color by Perfect, while Chrome has color by the better-known Movielab.  Color in both cases is consistent enough, if not perfect, while detail is lacking in both cases.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on both is typical, but the relatively newer Chrome is somehow softer and lower.  A trailer for each is included, but that is it for the extras.  Too bad, because more on Gaye on set would have been nice, while maybe someone could have been found to explain that Mob theme song.  An interesting set still.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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