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Loose Screws: Screwballs II 
Written by: on August 6th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Canada, 1985
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Writer: Michael Cory
Cast: Bryan Genesse, Lance Van Der Kolk, Alan Deveau, Jason Warren, Annie McAuley, Karen Wood, Liz Green, Mike MacDonald, Cynthia Belliveau, Deborah Lobban

DVD released: August 10th, 2010
Approximate running time: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: When they fail to graduate once again, four High School trouble makers are sent to an exclusive summer school.

One trap that so many sequels fall into it that they try to recapture what made their predecessor successful. Case in point Loose Screws: Screwballs II. Once again director Rafal Zielinski tries to rein in the chaos and this time with mild success. Only a few actors from the original cast from Screwballs return for this sequel. And while the lack of returning cast members should not be that big of a crutch. It quickly becomes one as the majority of the cast is made of first time actors.

Story wise things are kept simple. And just like Screwballs, the majority of the film revolves around one female character (the French teacher). She is the object of desire of the main male characters in this film. The four friends who anchor this film are in a competition in which the winner is the first one to have sex with the French teacher. At least the brisk pacing ensures that there is rarely a dull moment. Also the vulgar sex themed humor that runs rampant throughout this film. is actually this film’s most durable asset. When all is said and done, Loose Screws: Screwballs II is at best a mildly entertaining comedy.

The DVD:

Severin Film’s presents Loose Screws: Screwballs II, in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This HD sourced transfer looks great, as colors are vibrant and nicely saturated. Flesh tones look healthy and details look sharp throughout. There are no problems with compression or edge enhancement.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. This audio mix is clean, clear and everything sounds balanced. Range wise, outside of the music which appears in the film. The audio is rather limited.

Extras for this release include interviews with producer Maurice Smith (9 minutes 56 seconds) and production manager Ken Gord (4 minutes 58 seconds) and the ‘International Version’ of the film (88 minutes 24 seconds – 4:3 full frame) presented in authentic VHS Vision! The main extra included with this release is an audio commentary with Rafal Zielinski and moderator John Creegan. The two interviews and the audio commentary do a good job covering the various aspects of the production. Other topics that also get covered include the other Screwballs films and the longer cut of Loose Screws: Screwballs II (which is included as an extra with this release). Overall Loose Screws: Screwballs II gets a solid DVD release from Severin Films.

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