One can return to as far as 1896 for Edison’s epic drama “The Kiss,” which had members of censorship boards fainting after leaving a screening.
There have been big-budgeted attempts to place actresses in varying modes of (un)dress on the great silver sheet. From pernicious flappers to ancients bathing in cow’s milk, the motion picture industry has always had a way of presenting new forms of titillation.
Move forward decades, and you’ll find that high-end trash has a following, brings in nice monetary rewards, and becomes “guilty pleasures.”
Think Paul Verhoeven’s wonderful Showgirls is a crowd-pleaser and deliriously fun film.
Which brings us to Wild Things, directed by John McNaughton via Mandalay Entertainment, which is being released on 4k via Arrow.
The film features Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Theresa Russell…
along with Neve Campbell and Denise Richards.
Shot in Florida, with all of the heat, humidity trappings of the wonderful south. Think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil mit out spanish moss.
It’s a testament to the type of film, that a basic Google search about cut versus uncut versions will appropriately bring up the question, “so how nekkid to Neve and Denise get? How much more of them do we see in the uncut version?”
And this is precisely where the concept of wonderfully, beloved, trashy films comes in, as this one is right up there in the genre.
Production values are fine. Photography by Jeffrey Kimball perfectly reflects the locales, as well as steamy flesh.
Colors pop off the screen. The image is highly resolved, with a crisp sheen of grain, great blacks, and wonderful shadow detail.
Arrow’s 4k shines.
It’s a worthy addition to one’s “guilty pleasure” shelf.
Image – 5 (HDR)
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Makes use of and works well in 4k – 4.25
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