Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 20th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Directors: Jack Weis, Herbert Janneke Jr.
Writers: R.B. McGowen Jr., Sarah Riggs
Cast: Kathrine McKee, Tim Kincaid, Robert Priest, Madelyn Sanders, George Lupo, Marinda French, Bill McGhee, David Snow
DVD released: March 16th, 2010
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Saturn Productions
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.98
The plot revolves around a young man named Caleb, who goes to New Orleans to visit his relatives. Shortly after his arrival Caleb falls in love with Coral, a young quadroon (half black/ half white) woman. Along the way many obstacles get in the way of their happiness. Most notably a wealthy plantation owner who also desires Coral.
From the film’s tagline, “NOW!…the shocking truth about the passion slaves of 1835 New Orleans”. It would appear that this film would have delve much deeper into the more exploitative possibilities that this story laid the foundation for. Instead the story is a rather pedestrian affair that quickly becomes predictable and is rarely shocking.
From of production stand point, the film looks like a cheaply shot made for T.V. film. Also the acting does not fare much better as the cast are adequate at best. With all of its myriads of problems, the one thing that left me scratching my head more than anything else in this film. Was a scene in which Coral who is locked up and her mother convinces the wealthy plantation owner to let her speak to0 her daughter one last time. During this scene the two women switch clothes and Coral is thus allowed to escape. After the switch she encounters the wealthy plantation owner who somehow is fooled by this devious ruse. Even though the film’s premise is ripe with possibilities, the end result is a mediocre film that just plods along.
Quadroon is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. There are a few instances where the image looks a tad too tight and a 1.66:1 aspect ratio is most likely this films intended aspect ratio. This transfer has been sourced from a worn film print that exhibits faded colors, weak black levels (especially during night time scene) and print damage crops up throughout. Also this transfer is interlaced and there are several instances where ghosting / blurring is evident.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Dialog while tiny sounding, it is clear enough to follow. Also background noise / distortion varies in degree throughout.
Extras for this release are limited to two radio spots for the film. Overall Quadroon gets a serviceable transfer that leaves plenty of room for improvement.