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Teenage Catgirls in Heat: Director's Cut (Stomp Visual) (1997) (NTSC)
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Details At A Glance
Menu Animation & Audio
Introduction-Lloyd Kaufman (President Of Troma)
Audio Commentary-Scott Perry (Director)
Featurette-Tour Of Troma Studios
Year Of Production
||Cast & Crew
NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.
Teenage Catgirls in Heat is terrible. The story of an Egyptian cat god, (actually a crappy-looking cheap statue) who commands all the local felines to suicide so they can be revived as teenage nymphs who wish to mate and exterminate the population of human males in order to make room for "The Great Litter" sounds like a masterpiece worthy of the Bard, but the result is a tragically boring waste of time guaranteed to put any sane viewer to sleep.
Meanwhile, complete idiot Ralph (Dave Cox) arrives in town and meets over-the-top moron Warren (Gary Graves), the local gadget-crazy "cat exterminator". Together, they patrol the town trying to piece together what is going on - until Ralph falls in love with Cleo (Esmeralda Huffhines), one of the catgirls seeking to eradicate all of the men. What ensues is borderline unwatchable, not even saved by "heapings" of violence, nudity and sexual references.
Teenage Catgirls in Heat is plodding, boring, uninteresting and lazy. Even the cheap, crappy title sequence reeks of laziness; when Troma bought this film to release it under their cult label it was initially called "Catgirls," reborn with a few words stamped either side of the title to make it sound like a fun B-grade sex comedy - but it is not to be. There's nothing here to entice even the most easily-pleased skinflick fans, and there's certainly nothing here for people who like film; even die-hard Troma fans like myself would do best to avoid this.
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The video is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
Scratched, grainy, dull, interlaced, washed out, out of focus, hideous. All of these are accurate descriptions for the worst video transfer I've ever seen on a DVD that is not Rabid Grannies. The video lacks detail and is full of overdone, harsh colour filters that are meant to be atmospheric, I guess, but just make the film more unwatchable. Dark scenes are plagued with low level noise, and the entire thing is full of artefacts and interlacing - it's horrible. There's not a lot more to say, so I will leave it at that. There are no subtitles.
Video Ratings Summary
The audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 2.0 (Stereo).
Essentially a mono remix, the no-frills audio transfer here has plenty of issues with mixing levels and stuttering/drop outs, but at least it's listenable, unlike the often unwatchable video transfer. Some dialogue sounds as if it was recorded in a wind tunnel from an old tape recorder, but for the most, it's adequate. The effects and music are both cheap, which would add to the charm of the package if the package had any charm.
Interestingly, I am unable to find a credit for the soundtrack, which suggests to me that it is not of this Earth - which wouldn't surprise me in the least. The tunes within are annoying and will replay in your head, just adding to the experience in general.
Audio Ratings Summary
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Animated Menus with Sound Troma's style of interactive menus has finally driven me off the deep end with this awful, awful arrangement: everything is named so strangely it's impossible to figure out what plays the movie, what accesses the special features, etc etc. Comes complete with art that makes no sense and awful music that probably comes from the film. (Can't be sure - have blocked it out.)
Audio Commentary with Lord Only Knows You know, after watching this garbage, basically the very worst Troma film I've ever endured, I didn't think there would be anything that could make the experience more unwatchable. I was wrong. A seriously unfunny team of jerks joke around and talk about the film in the most mundane way possible, never for any second providing anything of interest or worth. These people - who aren't named during the proceedings - often talk over each other, and occasionally you can't hear what they're saying because the audio levels keep changing, which is usually a blessing. Describing what's happening in a scene while making cat noises is not funny. It is not entertaining. Do not listen to this commentary. Ever.
Introduction with Lloyd Kaufman (1:33) Lloyd's intro is much much better than the train wreck of a film; Lloyd's usually amusing candour is initially ruined by awful, awful kitty jokes and what should be embarrassment for the crap he's trying to promote, but soon evolves/devolves into genuinely funny gags about drug abuse and profanity. In nasty, interlaced 1.33:1.
Brand New Soul of Troma (1:54) A montage of scenes from various Troma films appears like a nausea-inducing showreel, complete with hard rock music and lashings of extreme violence, nudity and gore. It's fun to watch as a Troma fan, but nothing more than a glorified trailer. It ends with a nifty clip of Lloyd exploding, which may be adequate punishment for making me watch this film.
The Secrets of Troma (1:16) A short trailer for Lloydís book, All I Learnt About Filmmaking I Learnt From The Toxic Avenger, featuring Michael Herz, Sgt Kabukiman, and a random scantily dressed girl.
Radiation March (0:53) An extremely strange, surreal dance clip thatís really a public service announcement against pollution. I have no idea what this is doing on this DVD, aside from being very clearly in the vein of Troma, itís a bizarre though enjoyable addition to the package.
Tromaville.com (0:59) A short advertisement for the Troma community website.
To Order (0:38) An ad for more Troma movies discussed as a phone sex service. Features sandwich.
Hotel Room Fraud PSA (3:48) An excerpt from Tromaís Edge TV offering 90 seconds of uncut gratuitous nudity as a solution to those trapped in a hotel room unable to afford the cost of inhouse pornography.
Interactive Tour of Troma Studios The same interactive tour as seen on many of the Troma DVDs, this is great fun for fans with several sections to explore. Features extreme violence and gratuitous sexual content!
Teenage Fatgirls Who Eat (1:05) A fake trailer for a "Big Budget Hollywood Sequel" introduced by Lloyd, featuring large people dressed as girls eating and farting and generally being disgusting.
Production Stills Small, low res stills from the making of the film.
R4 vs R1
NOTE: To view
non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually
also NTSC compatible.
As usual, what we have here is an identical copy of the R1 version of the Troma film, only missing the trailers and interactive quiz for censorship reasons. If you can live without these, purchase whichever is cheapest, although I highly recommend against it.
Troma has released many good films. Teenage Catgirls in Heat is not one of them.
The video transfer is terrible, whereas the audio transfer is merely below average.
The extras here are basically the same as every other Troma DVD, with little recommendable.
© Ryan Aston (Bioshock)
Monday, June 23, 2008
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