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|Category||Western||Main Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette - Brand New Sound Of Troma
Featurette - The Secrets Of Troma
Featurette - Radiation March
Featurette - Hotel Room PSA
Studio Tour - Tromatic Interactivity
Trailer - The Chosen One: Legend Of The Raven
Trailer - The Toxic Avenger
(Not 90 Minutes as per packaging)
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||?1.37:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Velvet (Shannon Tweed) works in a whorehouse and is visited by a man who wishes she was his girl, who goes by the name of Cole (Rick Williams). After tying Cole to the bed, then knocking him out after he gets loose and points a gun at her, she catches a wagon while posing as a nun. Sara (Deanna Brooks) is about to be given in an arranged wedding to a groom she does not care for, and would give anything to escape to San Francisco. When the wagon they are on is robbed by Mick (Julie Strain), they find themselves prisoners of her gang. Adding to the bizarre triangle is Deputy Joe Pepper (Richie Varga), whose Sheriff brother, Sam (Todd Eckert), is murdered during the course of Mick and her gang robbing the wagon. Along the way, we see numerous gratuitous shots of women in various stages of undress, numerous instances of corny dialogue, and ridiculous gunfights.
The Internet Movie Database and twenty-one of its users would have you believe that this is a better film than The Chosen One, with a rating of four out of ten, but I actually found The Rowdy Girls to be the lesser film where entertainment value was concerned. I cannot exactly describe why, but I'm willing to hazard a guess that it has something to do with there being a touch more dialogue than was really necessary. It is no coincidence that two of the three leads have posed for Playboy magazine (Shannon Tweed and Deanna Brooks) while the other has posed for Penthouse. Come to think of it, even one of the producers, India Allen, has disrobed for Playboy (she was a Playmate of the year in 1988). If that doesn't give you a good idea of the sort of content you can expect from this soft porn in Western clothing, I don't know what will.
One packaging error that must be mentioned here is that Richie Varga is erroneously credited as Laszlo Varga on the back cover. Why this is the case, I don't know, but it did make hunting down actor's names a little more confusing than was needed.
The transfer is very sharp for the most part, but not quite as sharp as one would expect for such a recent film. The shadow detail is poor, and numerous night-time sequences require a lot of effort to make out who is doing or saying what. Thankfully, there was no low-level noise to add to the problem.
The colour saturation in this transfer is much more vibrant in comparison to The Chosen One, with plenty of different shades of colour to be found in the dirt and greenery. There are no signs of bleeding or misregistration at any time. Occasionally, there would be a washout of the colours due to too much light shining into the camera lens, but this is definitely the fault of the production crew rather than anyone involved in the transfer process.
MPEG artefacts consisted of the occasional dose of motion compensation, usually in the background during panning shots. This artefact was relatively easy to dismiss since it only really affected backgrounds when viewed at normal speed, and I only caught it because I repeatedly rewound over an affected point in the film. Film-to-video artefacts were not a problem in this transfer, partly due to the lack of opportunities for aliasing. Film artefacts consisted of numerous nicks and scratches on the picture, but the only such artefact that I found to be worthy of specific notation was a white fleck in the lower middle of the picture at 27:58.
The dialogue of this film was clear and easy to understand at all times, as were the vocals during some of Mark Adams' music. There were no perceptible problems with audio sync.
The music in this film is credited to Mark Adams, with production being credited to Richard Ziegler. To quote the credits, the music is performed by Mark Adams (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Jesse Jay Harris (banjo, guitar, bass), Yusi Wenger (flamenco guitar), Jim Goodall (drums), and Richard Ziegler (Jews harp). The music helps build the atmosphere of the film to a point where it really does become a case of Playboy magazine meeting the Wild West, so full marks go to the musicians.
The surround channels were not used at all by this soundtrack, which is something of a pity since the music could have used a little more channel separation, but it is forgivable. The subwoofer was frequently present to support gunshots, horses' footsteps, and various other bass-heavy sound effects, in spite of not being specifically called upon to do so. Overall, you can't ask for much better from a straight stereo soundtrack.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The video transfer is good, save for poor shadow detail.
The audio quality is good.
The extras are numerous and mostly enjoyable.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm) in 16:9 and 4:3 modes, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Amplification||Sony STR-DE835, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Yamaha NS-45 Front Speakers, Yamaha NS-90 Rear Speakers, Yamaha NS-C120 Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|