Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 13th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1973
Director: Radley Metzger
Writer: Jerry Douglas
Cast: Claire Wilbur, Calvin Culver, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Carl Parker
DVD released: October 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: A sexually adventurous couple seduces a newlywed couple.
By the time Radley Metzger had directed Score. He had already firmly established himself as one of the world’s most renowned auteur’s of erotic cinema. A year before Score made it’s theatrical debut. The cinematic landscape of erotic cinema had already begun to change with the release of Gerard Damiano’s Deep Throat. Score is arguably the most significant film of Radley Metzger impressive filmography. Not yet ready to fully make the transition into hardcore sex films. This is a transitional film that showcases Radley Metzger prowess with creating visual attesting moments of erotica. That not only stimulate one minds, but their libido.
Even though there are explicit moments of sex that do appear in Score. They are carefully crafted with the utmost care. And not just haphazardly thrown together like they are in countless other hardcore sex films. By filmmakers who far too often to the easy way out. In fact one would be hard pressed to find a more perfect merging of the world of softcore and hardcore erotica cinema. Than in the finale for Score.
Content wise the film takes on a fairy tale like tone with Lynn Lowry’s character Betsy being a Alice ‘like’ character caught up in her own sexual wonderland. And while all the performances are very good. It would be hard to imagine this film without Lynn Lowry’s performance (in the audio commentary included with this release Radley Metzger even goes so far as to say that this film could not have been made without the participation of Lynn Lowry). Besides Lynn Lowry’s aforementioned performance. Another area where this film excels is the way in which it deals with themes of homosexuality. If any area that this film is lacking is its dialog which does at times give this a dated feel. Ultimately Score is Radley Metzger’s most under-appreciated film and now that a fully uncut version of the film is finally available. Maybe now this film can be viewed with fresh eyes and finally find the audience that has always eluded it.
Cult Epics presents Score in a anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This brand new high def sourced transfer looks superb. Colors have never look more vibrant, black levels are solid and details look sharp throughout. When compared to all previous release of this film. This new transfers is better than all those previous releases by a country mile.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio is in good shape as dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (3 minutes 38 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a twenty minute segment of ‘On Set’ footage that has audio commentary from film historian Michael Bowen, who gives a detailed account about various production related topics about the Score. Other extras include a twenty minute interview with Lynn Lowry, who candidly talks about her experiences working on Score. The main extra included with this release is a audio commentary with director Radley Metzger and Michael Bowen. Topics discussed include Audubon films, the play which Score was adapted from, casting choices, Sylvester Stallone, the Yugoslavian locations used for the film, the look of film, the cast, the music, filming the erotic sequences, the hardcore and softcore versions of the film, the critical reception of the film, homosexuality in the film, making the transition as a filmmaker from softcore to hardcore cinema. The first thirty minutes of the audio commentary is a contains continuous discussion about the film, while there are several instances of silence over the last hour. Also included with this release are trailers for Camille 2000 (2 minutes 17 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and Lickerish Quartet (2 minutes 45 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Overall Score gets a solid first rate DVD release from Cult Epics.
Note: This title is also being released by Cult Epics on BluRay.