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Baby Sister 
Written by: on October 24th, 2012

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 1983
Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Writers: Jo Lynne Michael, Paul Haggard Jr., Susan Title
Cast: Ted Wass, Phoebe Cates, Pamela Bellwood, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Virginia Kiser, Jill Jacobson

DVD released: November 6th, 2012
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.95

Synopsis: A young woman drops out of college, moves in with her older sister and proceeds to have an affair with her sisters fiancée.

Out of all of the sex symbols that immerged of Hollywood cinema in the 1980’s. None have left such an indelible mark on young impressionable men as Phoebe Cates has had and while the majority of her lore as a sex symbol rests on the shoulders of her performance from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. You know the scene that I am talking about, where she comes out of the pool and takes her top off. This is just one of countless reasons why she her star has not faded like the majority of her contemporaries.

Following her unforgettable performance in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Phoebe Cates the next year would go onto to star in a T.V. movie Baby Sister. It is not surprising that this film has languished in obscurity all of these years, especially when one considers that it made in-between what are arguably Phoebe Cates two most sexually charged roles Linda Barrett, from the aforementioned Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Christine Ramsey from Private School.

Content wise, though the premise for Baby Sister has all the clichés that one would expect from a soap opera. The film is actually more like an after school special. In fact there is nothing salacious about the subject matter at hard or at in way in which it is depicted onscreen. And just when it does appears things might heat up, it always ends up being a false alarm. One thing that could be said about this film is that everyone does seem to sweat a lot, even though there is very little hanky-panky going on.

Performance wise, the entire cast just seem to go through the motions as the plot just plods along to its predictable conclusion. And it is safe to say that if it were not for Phoebe Cates presence in this film, that this film would be a total waist. Ultimately Baby Sister is a forgettable melodrama that even the most diehard Phoebe Cates will find a chore to sit through.

The DVD:

Scorpion Releasing presents Baby Sister in its intended 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The sourced used for this transfer looks clean, colors and flesh tones look accurate and there are no problems with compression.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.

This release comes with no extra content. Just a static menu that gives you one option play movie. Overall Baby Sister gets a good audio / video presentation from Scorpion Releasing.

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