Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 30th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1979
Director: Jeff Werner
Writers: D.W. Gilbert, Jason Williams
Cast: Kristine DeBell, Jason Williams, Lenka Novak, Marilyn Joi, Anthony Lewis, Lachelle Chamberlain, Janie Squire, Wally Ann Wharton, Robert Houston
DVD released: November 24th, 2009
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: A bus transporting cheerleaders from three rival schools is hijacked on its way to the state finals. The kidnappers demand a 2 million dollar ransom is exchange for the safe return of the abducted cheerleaders. Can the kidnappers be able to keep their hostages in line long enough to collect the ransom?
Cheerleaders’ Wild Weekend was originally released under the title The Great American Girl Robbery and this is the title card featured on the print used on this DVD release from Scorpion releasing. Some other titles this film has been released under included Cheerleader’s Naughty Weekend and Bus 17 Is Missing. The screenplay for Cheerleaders’ Wild Weekend was co-written by Jason Williams (Flesh Gordon), one of the stars of this film. Cheerleaders’ Wild Weekend was produced by Bill Osco, who also produced other notable films like Cop Killers, Flesh Gordon, Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy and The Being.
From its opening montage credits in which there are glamour poses where several of the cheerleaders appear on the screen the film in between an early glimpse of nudity via a girl in the shower, this film quickly and firmly establishes where this film is trying to go. The plot is a playful mix of sexual naughtiness and off the wall humor that does a good job offsetting the more uncomfortable moments in the film. The film also features several amusing one liners like a scene where one the kidnappers offers one of the girls who is hungry his “Soul-Lami”. Another oddly amusing moment is the films only lesbian scene in which the only female kidnapper gives one of the girl hostages a good clean rub down as she washes her in the bathtub. One of the male kidnappers stumbles across their naughty adventure and is caught peeping when his masturbating becomes so loud he is discovered. The most entertaining sequence in the film is when the kidnappers have the girls compete in a beauty pageant and the girls once again try to outdo each other as their clothes quickly fall off. The plot moves along briskly and the addition of the kidnappers’ back-stories is a nice touch that helps shape their Modus Operandi. The way in which the cheerleaders try to trick and escape their kidnappers is this film most enjoyable aspect.
Scorpion Releasing presents Cheerleaders’ Wild Weekend in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The bulk of the transfers look very good with a few occasional spots where noticeable print damage crops up. Colors, flesh tones, black levels and contrast all fare well and details generally look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Even though the soundtrack is limited in range at least everything comes through clear enough and sounds balanced.
Extras include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 16 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), an alternate title card (3 minutes 49 seconds – 4:3 Full Frame) and a stills gallery that is broken down into four sections “Sexy Shower”, “Deleted Scene”, “Other Photo’s” and “Press Kit”. Other extras include three on camera interviews, actress Kristine DeBell (10 minutes 51 seconds – 1.33:1 ‘full frame’ aspect ratio), actress Marilyn Joi (14 minutes 36 seconds – 1.33:1 ‘full frame’ aspect ratio) and actor Leon Issac Kennedy (27 minutes 18 seconds – 1.33:1 ‘full frame’ aspect ratio). All three interviews focus more on other films that each of the participants has appeared in and very little time is actually spent discussing Cheerleaders’ Wild Weekend. The interview with Marilyn Joi is the most entertaining of the three interviews. Rounding out the extras are two audio commentary tracks. The first audio commentary is with director Jeff Werner, editor Greg McClatchy, Marilyn Joi and moderators Mikey T. and Marc Edward Heuck. The second audio commentary is with Kristine DeBell, who is joined by two unnamed moderators. The first audio commentary is the more interesting and focused of the two audio tracks, while the second audio commentary with Kristine DeBell is a chaotic affair as she who remembers virtually nothing about the film. At least the two moderators keep things lively throughout as they interject information about various cast & crew members involved with this film. Overall Cheerleaders’ Wild Weekend is another first rate DVD release from Scorpion Releasing.