Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 4th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Writers: Frank Henenlotter, R.A. Thorburn
Cast: Charlee Danielson, Anthony Sneed
DVD released: January 26th, 2010
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Media Blasters / Shriek Show
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
After a prolong break from filmmaking director Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case 2, Frankenhooker) returns with his latest cinematic mind fuck, Bad Biology.
The plot for Bad Biology revolves around a young woman who was born with seven clitoris’s. She also is able to give birth to a child two hours after it is conceived. After suffering through a series of sexual partners that are unable to sexually fulfill her. A chance encounter introduces her to a young man who two foot long penis has become addicted to drugs and has developed a mind of its own.
As outrageous as the plot appears, content wise Bad Biology is in line with Frank Henenlotter previous films. There are POV vagina shots, Vagina faced models, a 2 foot long penis getting CPR and discarded mutant babies. The film is definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended. Even though this film has its fare share of violent moments. What makes everything all the more potent is the in your face approach to the sexual themes which drive this story. The first half of the film is nearly flawless. While by the second half of the film, more specifically the film’s conclusion, overkill sets in. Ultimately Bad Biology is the type of film that you are either going to give into and enjoy the ride or give up with the moment the POV vagina shot arrives.
Media Blasters presents Bad Biology is an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors look vivid and nicely saturated. Flesh tones look healthy and accurate. Black levels and details remain strong throughout. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Dolby Digital Stereo English. Both audio mixes sounds robust and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 38 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), a extensive image gallery, two music videos, a behind the scenes segment titled “Fuck Face: The Man Behind the Lens” (7 minutes 53 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with director / screenwriter Frank Henenlotter and producer / screenwriter R.A. Thorburn. The behind the scenes segment is essentially a one on one conversation with photographer Clay Patrick McBride who discusses the still photographs that appear in the film, which he photographed. The audio commentary is by far and away the most interesting extra included with this release. Both participants have plenty to say about the various aspects of this production. Rounding out the extras are trailers for Late Fee, Psychos in Love, Scream and Smash Cut. Overall Bad Biology gets a solid DVD from Media Blasters, that is highlighted by a equally entertaining audio commentary.