Score (1973)

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Released 13-Apr-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Camille 2000, The Lickerish Quartet, Wadd
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1973
Running Time 94:45 (Case: 89)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Radley Metzger
Studio
Distributor
Audubon Films
Umbrella Entertainment
Starring Claire Wilbur
Calvin Culver
Lynn Lowry
Gerald Grant
Carl Parker
Case PUSH-1 (Opaque)
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Score is an adaptation of an off-Broadway play by screenwriter Jerry Douglas. The plot is wafer-thin on content, but also lush with pre-AIDS sexual liberation and freedoms. Pioneer director of adult cinema, Radley Metzger, uses his keen sense for creating fasinating visuals to keep the film from becoming one of merely erotic curiosity. By all reports, the stageplay version of Score was very coy compared to Metzger's film, which shows nudity of both sexes liberally and is open about depictings its many sex scenes.

    The plot of Score could not be simpler. Jack (Gerald Grant) and Elvira (Claire Wilbur) are a happily married couple with a passion for swinging. They play a game with each other, in which they earn points for seducing partners of the same sex. Both have their sights set on wooing a young newlywed couple, Betsy (Lynn Lowry) and Eddie (Calvin Culver a.k.a. gay pornstar Casey Donovan). The young couple appear reserved and guarded about their sexuality; this presents the right type of challenge for the uninhibited couple.

    With Jack out for the day, Elvira invites Betsy over to the house. Elvira has secretly set up a visit from the local phone repairman, Mike (Carl Parker), who drops in to repair her deliberately damaged phone line. With the purpose of shocking and hopefully arousing Betsy, Elvira seduces Mike. The seduction and the subsequent sexual act is witnessed by Betsy with a forbidden fasination. The challenge of this bisexual game of seduction intensifies when Elvira and Jack's plan is put into action. Betsy and Eddie arrive for dinner and are inadvertently drawn into the bizzare game.

    Performances are generally camp, with some moments of humourous dialogue. With his inovative use of reflective surfaces, Metzger adds another interesting dimension to the action and the characters.

    For many, Score will remain a confronting film, even though time may have dulled it's ability to shock and possibly alienate an audience.

    Score is presented as part of a three-disc collection of Radley Metzger films called The Sexadelic Collection.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer for Score is reasonable.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. The original aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

    The video transfer exhibited a moderate amount of sharpness, however it did reveal a distinct softness, especially in mid-ground and background shots. This softness is probably symptomatic of the source material and is much less evident when viewed on a 1.33:1 display. Blacks were quite clean and bold, although I found shadow detail to be inconsistant.

    The colours used in the film are soft and muted, very consistant with similar films of the era. They appear to be well rendered on this DVD and showed no signs of oversaturation.

   MPEG artefacts were well controlled. I found no real issues with aliasing or edge enhancement. Reel change markings were noticeable at approximate twenty minute intervals, with the first occuring at 19:23. The transfer was reasonably clean of film artefacts such as hairs and scratches. Along with minor marks, these were thankfully kept to acceptable levels.

    There are no subtitles available on this DVD.

    This is a single sided, single layer disc. As such, there is no layer change to negotiate.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio transfer is very poor.

    There is one audio track on this DVD, that being English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)

    Dialogue quality was ordinary at best. The audio track seems to be very bass-heavy and as a result, much of the dialogue is mumbled. This was a constant source of frustration throughout the film, as certain words and passages were not clearly audible.

    Audio sync was not an issue with the transfer and appeared to be quite good throughout.

    The music score has gone uncreditedm, but sounds like folk-style music, very common with the era and genre.

    The surrounds were not used.

    The subwoofer kicked in during music passages, but it was more of a hindrance than an enhancement to the listening experience.

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Extras

   The presented extras are very minimal.

    The menu design is static and basic and is 16x9 enhanced. It features looped audio and is themed around the film.

Theatrical Trailer - Score (3:36)

Trailers

Censorship

    There is censorship information available for this title. Click here to read it (a new window will open). WARNING: Often these entries contain MAJOR plot spoilers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    There are two R1 versions of Score available. The first is a stand-alone copy of the film, which is very close to this all-region version. This R1 version features the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is actually derived from a PAL transfer. Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.

    The other R1 version is a part of a collection of Metzger films, The Radley Metzger Collection Vol 2. This version of Score features an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, pan and scan, NTSC transfer. Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.

    None of these R1 versions contain extras.

    The first mentioned R1 version appears to be the winner here, due to it's presentation of the film's in it's original aspect ratio. But it is unclear where this R1 version stands in the aforementioned censorship area. The all-region version does have a longer running time, so the decision is yours.

Summary

    Score is a good-natured sex romp that is very thin on actual story. The performances are suitably camp and some of the dialogue is quite humorous.

   The video transfer is reasonable.

   The audio transfer is quite poor.

   The selection of extras are basic.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Steve Crawford (Tip toe through my bio)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDJVC XV-N412, using Component output
DisplayHitachi 106cm Plasma Display 42PD5000MA (1024x1024). This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080i.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationPanasonic SA-HE70 80W Dolby Digital and DTS
SpeakersFronts: Jensen SPX7 Rears: Jensen SPX4 Centre: Jensen SPX13 Subwoofer: Jensen SPX17

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