Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 4th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1974
Director: Jack Arnold
Writers: Jameson Brewer, Peer J. Oppenheimer
Cast: Christina Hart, Jane Anthony, Ed Bishop, Murray Kash, Drina Pavlovic, Jill Damas, Eric Young, Erin Geraghty, Steve Plytas, David Beale, Gordon Sterne, Eunice Black, Rex Wei
DVD released: August 26th, 2008
Approximate running time: 88 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital mono
DVD Release: Dark Sky Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: Bunny is a sexually promiscuous young woman. Whose overactive sex drive starts an international scandal! Bunny and three of her friends make a bet in which each girl randomly chooses a foreign diplomat who they have to bed. The first girl to her man in bed and sell the deal wins the contest.
Games Girls Play was directed by Jack Arnold who directed such notable 1950’s Sci-Fi films like It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula, The Incredible Shrinking Man and Monster on the Campus. When compared to the rest of the films in Jack Arnold’s diverse filmography Games Girls Play is unlike anything else that he directed. Visually Games Girls Play is filled with a tremendous amount of style. The camera ever roving eye like a voyeur peruses every inch of flesh on display. The film’s opening moments with Christina Hart’s naked body swan diving on a bed or under water shots off naked girls swimming are some of the film’s stand out visual moments.
The plot is very simple and to the point. Bunny is not interested in anything else but getting laid. There is even a moment after she has just finished with one man and she tells him she has to rush off because needs to get laid (again).The bulk of the story revolves around Bunny and her three friends bet to see who can get their man into bed first and seal the deal. The funniest of these pairing is a scene where Christine whose conquest is a Chinese ping pong player who doesn’t speak any English. Throughout the scene he just smiles and babbles over and over “Thank you”. His teammates also try to get in on the action with Christine who they take into the showers after a game of ping pong. Jackie also faces the problem of a language barrier when she is teamed up with a Russian diplomat who even brings his translator with him when the two are about to have sex. Salina is paired up with an American diplomat whose own sex drive may eclipse even Bunny’s. Out of the four girls Bunny get’s the hardest assignment when she draws one of the members of the royal family as her conquest. Which member of the England’s royal family she lands is never fully revealed. The film is filled with many funny bits that are all built up around the sexual related situations and language.
Christina Hart (The Stewardesses) is cast in the lead role of Bunny. She not only looks the part. She totally immerses herself in the role of the sex starved Bunny. The other three girls are played by Jane Anthony as Jackie, Drina Pavlovic as Salina and Jill Damas as Christine. All three girls are very good in their respective roles despite their limited filmographies. The films funky score was composed by John Cameron (A Touch of Class). Ultimately Games Girls Play is fast paced sexual farce that doesn’t miss a beat.
Games Girls Plays is presented in an anamorphic widescreen and it has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors and black levels look strong throughout. There is a lot of flesh exposed in this feature and flesh tones look healthy and natural throughout. There are some mild instances of print damage in the form of specs of debris and nicks. The print damage is never excessive enough that it becomes distracting. There is also noticeable grain which is present throughout the whole film. Overall Dark Skies Film’s have done a good job transferring this film to DVD.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Even though the audio sounds clean and evenly balanced it does sound a tad too thin at times. Surprisingly removable English subtitles have been included with this release.
Extras for this release include three T.V. spots and a trailer for the film under the title “The Bunny Caper”. This release main extra is a nine minute interview with the film’s star Christina Hart. She discusses The Stewardesses, the audition process for Games Girls Play, working with director Jack Arnold, other stories about working on Games Girls Play and her career after this film. Overall this is an exceptional release from Dark Skies Film’s that is highlighted by the Christine Hart interview.