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Stripperland 
Written by: on June 5th, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Director: Sean Skelding
Writer: Brad McCray
Cast: Ben Sheppard, Jamison Challeen, Maren McGuire, Ileana Herrin, Hank Cartwright, Daniel Baldwin, Lloyd Kaufman, Linnea Quigley, Shel Bailey, Boyd Banks, Brad McCray, Jennifer Loomis, Jessica Jackson, Fabian Gordon

DVD released: May 17th, 2011
Approximate running time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: IMDFilms / Cheezy Flicks Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95


Synopsis: The world has been overrun by exhibitionist man-eaters that dress like strippers and feed off the flesh of men.

Stripperland was directed by Sean Skelding and just like his previous film I am Virgin, this film is a provocative satirical send up of a Hollywood film. This time around the film that serves as the anchor for this satire is Zombieland. With a little bit of Dawn of the Dead thrown in for good measure.

When compared to the aforementioned I am Virgin, this film fares much better as satire. First off, while there are many scantily clad women that gyrate spontaneously. This is basically the extent of the more sexual themed content in this film. With the focus being more on the comedy. And without a doubt the most memorable moment in this film is a scene featuring actor Daniel Baldwin as a rapper, who’s rhymes put the zombie strippers in a trance. Unfortunately the bulk of the comedy in this film does not come close to reaching the euphoric heights that this scene does.

From a narrative stand point this film wears its influences boldly on its sleeve, which often induces a feeling of Déjà vu. Pacing wise at just over one hundred minutes the film tends to drag, especially during its lengthy middle act. The film does not hit its stride until its final act and by then it is a too little too late.
 
When it comes to indepently made features like this film, one area in which most of them are often lacking are the performances. Fortunately performance wise the cast are more than adequate in their respective roles. Also the cast features several well known faces in various cameo roles like Trauma’s Lloyd Kaufman, Boyd Banks (Land of the Dead) as a pimp, scream queen Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons) as a gun totting grandma and the aforementioned Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter’s Vampires) as a rapper. Ultimately the key to enjoying Stripperland lies squarely on your knowledge of the film’s in which it is parodying.

The DVD:

Stripperland is presented in an anamorphic widescreen. The source used for this transfer looks clean, the image looks crisp and remains stable throughout.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.

Extras for this release include two music videos, Daniel Baldwin (aka "Double D") ‘Club Life’ and Smoochknob ‘Weirdo’, deleted scenes (9 minutes 32 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a blooper reel (3 minutes 50 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), three behind the scenes segments ‘Blood Guts and More Guts – SFX’ (4 minutes 46 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), ‘First They Dance, Then They Kill! – The Girls of Stripperland’ (12 minutes 32 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and ‘The Kissass Begins with the Celebrities of Stripperland!’  (6 minutes 47 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and two audio commentaries, the first audio commentary with director  Sean Skelding, screenwriter Brad McCray and editor David Wester and the second audio commentary with the special effects team Christina Kortum and Austin Healey.The interviews are nothing more than your standard PR stuff, with the comments all being interspersed in between a wealth of on the set footage. The most interest of these three segments is the one tilted ‘Blood Guts and More Guts – SFX’ which gives a well rounded glimpse into this films SFX. Both audio commentaries do a good job covering the various aspects of the production. Also included with this release is an unrelated cartoon / drive in ads and trailers for other also available from IMDFilms. Overall Stripperland gets a strong DVD release from IMDFilms.

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