Written by: Cliff Wood on January 21st, 2011
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1973 (The Tycoon’s Daughter), USA, 1975 (The School for Sexual Arts / Kathy’s Graduation Present)
Director: Shaun Costello
Cast: Shaun Costello, Judy Craven, Jeffrey Hurst, Ashley Moore, Marc Stevens, Mary Stuart (The Tycoon’s Daughter), Shaun Costello, C.J. Laing, Candy Love, Alan Marlow, Ashley Moore, Tony Richards, Julia Sorel (The School for Sexual Arts), Shaun Costello, Jamie Gillis, Nikki Hilton, Cedar Houston, Jennifer Jordan, Leo Lovemore, Alan Marlow, Annie Sprinkle (Kathy’s Graduation Present)
DVD released: December 21st, 2010
Approximate running times: 59 Minutes (The Tycoon’s Daughter), 46 Minutes (The School for Sexual Arts), 53 Minutes (Kathy’s Graduation Present)
Aspect Ratio: 1:33:1 Full Frame (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: After Hours Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.99
The Tycoon’s Daughter: A tycoon’s daughter is abducted by a trio of kidnappers. Who hide her at their friends farm. Until they can collect the ransom from her father.
The School for Sexual Arts: Lacking inspiration. The students of a art class approach their teacher. And suggest to him that they be able to take on a more hands on approach in class.
Kathy’s Graduation Present: Disappointed that her parents won’t be attending her graduation. Kathy’s friends decided to throw her a surprise party. That she will never forget.
All three of the film’s included in this triple feature were directed by Shaun Costello. Who is most known for his tour de force in depravity Water Power (The Enema Bandit). Plot wise, when compared to some of Shaun Costello’s more known films like Forced Entry, More Than Sisters and the aforementioned Water Power.
The plot’s for these three film’s anemic in comparison. And while the lack of a coherent narrative structure might turn some viewers off. This short coming ultimately proves not to be a fatal blow. In the end what makes these film’s work as well as they do is their improvisational vibe. Which is not only evident in the film’s visuals and editing. It is most prominent in the performances of the cast. Who are all clearly having a ball.
Out of the three films. The Tycoon’s Daughter is easily the most off the wall. At one point in this film there is a character, who answers the other by saying ‘because it is in the script’. This film also has the most abrupt ending of the three. The bulk of this film takes place on a farm. And in between brief dialog exchanges. The film is heavily padded with sex scenes. The film’s standout performance comes from Marc Stevens (Devil in Miss Jones), in the role of Dick the ringleader of the kidnapping scheme.
The other two films, The School for Sexual Arts and Kathy’s Graduation Present follow similar arch’s structure wise. They are plot heavy on the front end. And the last 2 /3’s is mostly devoted to sex scenes. They both also end with orgy scenes. Also the sex scenes in these two film’s elicit a lot more heat. Than the sex scenes from The Tycoon’s Daughter. Besides the aforementioned Orgy finales. Other standout sex scenes include a sex with Candy Love (The School for Sexual Arts), who’s character ends having sex with her teacher and the principle. And the sex scene with Annie Sprinkle, Alan Marlow and Jamie Gillis from Kathy’s Graduation Present. When all is said and done. What these three film’s lack in polish. They more than make up for with their rough and ready vibe.
All three films are presented in their original aspect ratios. And all their films included with this release have been sourced from ‘original film elements’. Condition wise all three show their age. With an assortment of print damage that varies in degree throughout. The best looking of the three sources was The Tycoon’s Daughter. While the other two film’s sources were on par with each other. All three of these films were shot on the cheap. In just one day. And outside of a major restoration. This is most likely the best these three films are ever going to look. That being said, the imperfections in their source materials further bolster their Grindhouse look. All three of these films had been previously released on VHS and DVD-R by Something Weird Video.
The soundtracks all fare better. All three film’s come with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Sure there is mild instances of distortion and background rears its head from time to time. In general all three audio mixes are clear and dialog is easy to follow.
This release comes with a static menu that allows you to pick one of the three films. Overall After Hours Cinema rescues three one day wonders from obscurity and give them their strongest releases to date.