Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 2nd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 1983
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Writers: Linda Shayne, Jim Wynorski
Cast: Peter Keleghan, Kent Deuters, Linda Speciale, Alan Deveau, Linda Shayne, Jason Warren, Jim Coburn, Terrea Smith, Donnie Bowes, Kimberly Brooks, Nicky Fylan, Paula Farmer, Nola Wale, Raven De La Croix
DVD released: August 25th, 2009
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
From it’s opening shot of two girls putting up a sign as a large hot dog bounces between them and off their ass’s, it is not difficult to see what the ultimate goal of this film is. The plot for Screwballs is a fast and delirious farce that is filled with wall to wall comedic set pieces like one boy posing as a female teacher who then proceeds to measures girls’ breasts, a hypnotism experiment gone wrong and a narrow escape from a shotgun after ending up in bed with Purity Busch’s mother. These are just a handful of example of the absurd lengths that these five high school boys will go to see Purity Busch’s heavenly breasts. Each new comedic set piece as good as they are they are just stepping stones for the film’s finale which features the most outlandish moment of the film. Even though the main objective of this film is to finally see Purity Busch’s breasts, there are plenty of breasts to ogle along throughout this film. The real star of this film is Linda Speciale the actress who portrays Purity Busch. The way in which her character is portrayed as virginal and yet has a more mischievous like the way she lures the boys in and gets them in trouble is one of this film’s greatest strengths. Overall fans of raunchy humor while want to give Screwballs a spin, while those looking for something more deep should look elsewhere.
Severin presents Screwballs in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. The source materials used for this transfer is in very good shape as colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and details generally look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are no problems with background noise or distortion. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras include a trailer for the film (2 minutes) and twelve deleted scenes taken from a Spanish language VHS release, these scenes are presented in a letterboxed widescreen. Other extra include interviews with director Rafal Zielinski (11 minutes 1 second), not only discusses Screwballs, he briefly touches on other films he worked on, actress / co-screenwriter Linda Shayne and screenwriter Jim Wynorski (18 minutes 35 seconds), they primarily discuss the inspirations behind the screenplay they wrote for the film, actor Kent Deuters (8 minutes 10 seconds), he talks about various members of the cast and how he ended up in this film and Special FX Gerald Lukaniuk (6 minutes 43 seconds), he discusses some of the techniques he used for the various FX that appear in the film. The main extra is an audio commentary Rafal Zielinski and moderators David Gregory and John Creegan. This is an interesting audio commentary that is gives a detailed accounted about the production side of this film. The remaining extras are two interviews; the first is with Canuxsploitation expert Paul Corupe (7 minutes 51 seconds), who gives a quick overview of Canuxsploitation films and the second interview with Mr. Skin and his head writer McBeardo (8 minutes 41 seconds), the bulk of their comments focus on Teen sex comedies made in between 1980 – 1985. Overall Screwballs gets a definitive DVD release from Severin Films, highly recommended.