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5 Films 5 Years Volume #2: Hangup, The – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 27th, 2018

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1969
Director: John Hayes
Writer: John Hayes
Cast: William Conners, Mary McGee, Patrick Shea, Tony Vorno (Sweet Trash), Tony Vorno, Sharon Matt, Genene Cooper, Peter Balakoff

BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98

John Hayes was a writer / director who produced a number of interesting low budget genre films ranging from 60’s B&W softcore to 70’s sleazeploitation and then to XXX porno. Several of his films have received some critical / cult acclaim such as Grave of the Vampire and Baby Rosemary. Many, if not most, of the others were obviously cranked out in a hurry, but Hayes always managed to inject his projects with some weird and strange goings-on. Here we have a typical Hayes product and, for posterity, his masterwork.

With The Hangup, he was the true auteur in complete and total control of his vision and it is a true masterpiece of it’s kind. The basic setup of the middle aged straight and the teenage hippie was also seen in Breezy with William Holden and Kay Lenz, but that was three years later. Lead prude and fuddy duddy vice cop Sgt. Walsh is played by Tony Vorno in a rare leading role. His appearance and performance is reminiscent of Glenn Ford, another white socks and black leather wingtip shoes kind of guy.

From the opening scene at the gay bar with the clientele featuring males, females, and wannabes we have an amazing performance art piece from mens magazine model Bambi Allen [complications caused by those rock hard implants are what caused her death]. Enter the two undercover detectives and make no mistake that Sgt. Walsh is one ugly mama. Back in the apartment building the Sarge is seduced by his landlady, but there is little gratuitous sex here, it’s all about character development and / or advancing the plot.

The BluRay:

Note: The Blu-ray portion of this review was written by Cliff Wood

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Vinegar Syndrome are releasing limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collections, that have five films that they had previously released only on DVD.

The five films are spread over two 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray’s. All of the films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen and all of the film’s have been scanned and restored in 2k from various film elements.

The source used for The Hangup is in great shape, colors are nicely saturated, black levels remain strong throughout, details looks sharp and grains remains intact.

The audio mix sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout. And English SDH subtitles have been included for this film.

Disc A (44.1 GB), contains the following films, The Muthers and Murder on the Emerald Seas.

Disc B (44.6 GB), contains the following films, The Dungeon of Harrow, The Hangup and Flesh and Bullets.

The focus of this release are the films and this film’s trailer has not been ported over from its previous DVD release.

Overall another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

Note: This set is limited to 2,500 units.

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