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A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Swinging Cheerleaders -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Robert Harris

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    Wherever one has an Intolerance, a Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane or The Gunfighter, one needs a balance, and hence...

    The Swinging Cheerleaders.

    Cinema is, after all, cinema.

    This 1974 very soft-core, directed by Jack Hill is quintessential of its kind, and Arrow has given it due respect down to the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio.

    The original negative was scanned (pin-registered) at 2k. Color, grain structure, shadow detail, black levels, are all in a comfortable range, yielding a Blu-ray presentation that is far better than one might ever expect.

    While the film's female lead is Jo Johnston, and who (as far as I can tell) never appeared on film again, the little treasure here is Cheryl aka Rainbeaux Smith, along with the extremely prolific, and highly talented, Colleen Camp.

    What can one say about The Swinging Cheerleaders, except that it is of a certain era, and thanks to Arrow, it will be preserved better than it might have been.

    Among Arrow's most recent releases, it's a tech winner, with superb extras, and a nice addition to any collection that doesn't take itself too seriously.

    Image - 4.75

    Audio - 5

    4k Up-rez - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Recommended

    RAH
     
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    Can Gas Pump Girls and Melon Girls be far behind?
     
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    One of Jack Hills best. He manages to actually elevate the Cheerleader genre with this one. Can't wait for my copy to arrive.
     
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    I believe that Cheerleaders Wild Weekend (1979) starring Kristine DeBell is also on the Blu horizon.
     
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    Colleen Camp? In addition to all the other points presented here, that seals it for me.
     
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    CHEERLEADERS WILD WEEKEND is already released!

    Re: THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS, I was considering cancelling my pre-order to get it later on, but dammit, I love Jack Hill's movies and now RAH's review? Oy vey... :P
     
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    I think this was the quickest Jack Hill film on record. It
    seemed like he got the assignment (no script, but we got the poster) for the film and then it was in the theaters a few months later. It does look pretty good considering it was shot in two weeks and any film with Colleen Camp and Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith is worth checking out. This film also has an amazing cameo by Mae Mercer! The late 70's Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders TV movie, that was one highest rated movies of that time, seemed to have ripped off the plot from this film. Both films have a female reporter that goes undercover to expose the Cheerleaders only to find out how great they are etc....
     
  8. Kyrsten Brad

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    You are correct. I didn't see it on Amazon but it is on the Diabouk (??) site.
     
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