Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 15th, 2017
BluRay released: July 25th, 2017
Approximate running times: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: LPCM Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
Humor and shock value run rampant throughout Bag Boy Lover Boy, a film that has many of the ingredients that has since become synonymous with Transgressive Cinema.
The film’s narrative revolves around a simple minded young man whose daydreams are filled with perverted thoughts. And from the moment he is introduced is becomes all too clear, that he is a social awkward young man, who openly picks his noise while he prepares food and he urinates and masturbates in public.
A chance encounter with a photographer allows this young man too act upon his dark fantasies. And it is ultimately it is the exploitation of the protagonist by the photographer which triggers his downward spiral.
If ever there was a case of where casting can make or break a film, then look no further then this film. Cast in role of Albert this film’s protagonist is Jon Wachter and he delivers a performance for the ages that perfectly captures the essence of his character. Another performance of note is Theodore Bouloukos in the role of Ivan, the photographer who exploits Albert’s grotesque eccentricities for all they are worth. In life and death?
Visually the film does not waste an opportunity to create shocking imagery that is superbly reinforced by the ludicrous lines of dialog spoken throughout. And at just under eighty minutes that film brisk pacing ensures that the film never overstays its welcome.
Bag Boy Lover Boy comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is a strong transfer that does a very good retaining this film’s intended look.
This release comes with one audio option, a LPCM stereo mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio is in great shape, dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too, especially the music that appears in the film.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 34 seconds), two student films with actor Jon Wachter Got Light (1 minute 22 seconds) and The Never-Starting Story (1 minute 13 seconds) and an audio commentary with director Andres Torres, actor Theodore Bouloukos and editor Charlie Williams.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the cast, locations, onset memories, their thoughts about Jon Wachter’s performance, production related topics and their thoughts about the film.
Overall Bag Boy Lover Boy gets a solid release from Severin Films.
Note: This film is also being released by Severin Films on DVD.