Big Screen Bombshells + Savage
Cinema (Mill Creek DVD Sets)
Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Films: C+
Creek is back reissuing hilarious B-movies in two new DVD sets that offer films
previously issued by BCI Eclipse, usually as double feature DVDs or in other
sets. Some we covered, but others we
missed, though I have seen them all personally.
Listed below are the 12 titles from each set (3 double-sided DVDs with
two films a side) and links in the few cases we covered them before:
From the Big Screen Bombshells set:
Chain Gang Women – This 1971 cheapie is features
some good footage and a bad script as to guys go on a robbery, rape and
otherwise spree. A bad film, the mostly
unknown actors are a hoot and Co-Writer/Director Lee Frost makes a mess of it
Cindy & Donna – A 1970 drama with much
unintentional comedy as the two title sisters are coming of age and wow, does
this film have virgin/whore complex all over it. Still, it is amusing and worth a look.
on the defunct HD-DVD format, the Sci-Fi satire never made to Blu-ray, yet here
is a DVD copy worse than the BCI DVD edition.
At least this one is widescreen.
Hustler Squad – From 1976, this film stars John
Ericson from the great detective/spy TV series Honey West (reviewed elsewhere on this site) trying to have a
feature film career before a pretty good run on TV into the late 1980s. Dumb and amusing, it is not a great film and
Ericson’s tough guy attempt runs into the camp department.
Las Vegas Lady – Talk about old Las Vegas!
This 1975 disaster co-stars Stella Stevens and Stuart Whitman in a lame
heist film that also stars Lynne Moody, Karl Lukas and Andrew Stevens. So bizarre, you have to see it to believe it,
but don’t believe it will ever be good.
Lena’s Holiday – A 1991 release about the title
character liberated from Communist Germany, we get the old identical
suitcase/heist/smuggling tale and it is never convincing or entertaining. Also with Michael Sarrazin, Bill Dana, Liz
Torres, Susan Anton, Chris Lemmon, Pat Morita and even Nick Mancuso, it is very
bad, old, dated and reminds us of a whole cycle of such bad “Cold War is over”
of the 1975 drive-in movie is exactly the same quality as the BCI DVD
Police Woman – Not to be confused with the hit
TV series with Angie Dickinson, this 1974 exploitation howler has Sondra Currie
in the title role karate chopping female prisoners and moving on to infiltrate
an all-women gang! Jeannie Bell also
shows up and Lee Frost once again co-writes and directs, but with better
results. Will remind some of the Cathy
Lee Crosby Wonder Woman TV movie
from the same year in some respects.
Single Room Furnished – This 1968 film is the last for
Jayne Mansfield before her tragic early death and it is a flat, dull drama
where she plays an old hooker. For Mansfield, she was trying
to do something respectable, but Co-Writer/Director Matt Cimber lets this one go
on and on, but it is a curio just the same.
The Sister-In-Law – John Savage plays a man whose
brother is having trouble with his wife and the fact that he has a mistress
does not help. When both become
attracted to him, look out… Well, maybe
if the film had been better written, sparks might have flown, but this 1974
drama is dull and Savage does the music!
The Stepmother – The only Crown film to ever get
an Oscar nomination (released in 1972, it made it for the song Strange Are The Ways Of Love) has a
wacky plot that lives up to the song as a woman is pushed into seducing the son
of her newlywed husband and that is just the beginning. Larry Linville, Alejandro Rey, Katherine
Justice and Claudia Jennings co-star.
Superchick – Mill Creek is the third company
to release this wacky howler from 1973 with future horoscope expert Joyce
Jillson as Tara B. True, an airline stewardess who epitomizes “coffee, tea or
me” and when she is not throwing herself into sexual situations, is
karate-chopping bad guys! Yes, it’s that
From the Savage Cinema set:
Best Friends – This 1975 drama is a rare
theatrical film outing for enduring TV actor Richard Hatch plays one of two
best friends (the other is played by Doug Chapin) as they come to terms with
growing older, having served in Vietnam
and finding women they might settle down with.
Burnout – Mark Schneider from Supervan (1977, reviewed elsewhere on
this site) returns in this story about a young man who wants to make it on his
won in the drag racing world without family support. By 1979 when this was released, this had
become a passé formula tale, so don’t expect much out of this, but it is still
period enough to enjoy.
Dangerous Charter – From 1962, this drug smuggling
thriller is not that great, has flat acting and only the age and time it was
made makes it watchable. This is some
generic print, probably for TV.
Contradictory sources say this was shot in CinemaScope or Panavision,
but you would not know that from this copy.
Death Machines – Weird wacky 1976 Horror/Karate
et al genre mix where stereotypical Asian Dragon Lady turns three karate
killers into zombies she can control to kill at will is a forgettable
mess. Interesting idea though and shot
in Techniscope, but this version is butchered pan & scan/tunnel vision
after the opening credits.
Death Riders – A 1976 documentary that is a
tribute to stuntmen and daredevils that also features famous stunts of the
time, Vilmos Zsigmond was one of the two cinematographers/Directors of
Photography and I would like to see this one in High Definition. Easily one of the most interesting and best
films in both sets.
Hellcats – This is the infamous 1967 cult
classic of sorts where a murder has to be avenged by relatives of a dead
policeman when they infiltrate a female bike gang. A campy film, it has its moments, but is also
quiet dumb, but you have to see it to believe it.
Hell On Wheels – This Marty Robbins racing movie
has the formula love triangle and every other formula it can come up with, but
some people like the music. I was not as
big a fan of this 1967 feature, but those who like real Country Music might
Little Laura & Big John – Another singer, Fabian, was
trying even harder to have a feature film career and this 1973 Bonnie & Clyde wanna be (they are
robbing banks and bootlegging in the 1920s) is another curio item, but like his
other genre work, just does not work too well.
They make an interesting pairing though.
Pink Angels – This 1971 biker film is has
cross-dressing men as the bikers and its mix of the genre of the time with drug
use and daring gender bending makes it odd indeed, but that does not make it a
good film. Fortunately, it fits in this
set just fine. Dan Haggerty and John
The Sidehackers aka Five The Hard Way – This sometimes brutal 1969 biker film has rape,
murder and violence in a revenge film that is somewhat dark. Shot in FantaScope, this copy is pan &
scan, so I would like to see it widescreen before I make a final verdict, but
the interesting cast includes Ross Hagen, Diane McBain, Michael Pataki and a
cameo by Goldie Hawn.
The Wild Rebels – Well known 1967 biker film
where stock car racer pretends to be biker to infiltrate bike gang now that he
is a police officer. They intend to rob
a bank, but he has other plans. Not bad
and sometimes interesting.
Wild Riders – This 1971 rape/exploitation
film wants to rip off every film of the time and then films like Desperate Hours (1955) as bikers kidnap
and rape two women, then wait in their place for a while where anything can
X 1 and in some cases anamorphically enhanced 1.78 to 2.35 X 1 images
throughout the two sets are sadly about on par with each other, from the worn
out prints to sometimes problematic color to aliasing errors throughout. Too bad some of the widescreen films are not
that way here, in fairness to those who made them, but that’s what we get
here. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is
usually monophonic and in the few cases in newer films, is harsh, distorted
stereo at best. There are no extras in
- Nicholas Sheffo