Written by: Cliff Wood on April 26th, 2016
BluRay released: April 26th, 2016
Approximate running times: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: On the eve of the “Gathering of the Brotherhood” a prominent gangster named Dutch suddenly finds himself without a date, when his girlfriend leaves him. Not deterred his frantic search for her replacement leads him to a cigarette girl named Katherine who works at The Paradise Club. Outwardly she is everything any man in his position would want, inwardly her god girl persona could hurt his reputation. Now more determined than ever Dutch enlists the help of Rita, a woman who embodies what he is looking for and it is her job to turn into Katherine into a “Trashy Lady”.
By the mid-1980’s adult cinema had all but abandon coherent plots and put the emphasis on the sex scenes. With these changes also meant that budgets dwindled even further and by the end of the 1980’s shooting feature films on VHS had become the norm.
When compared to its contemporaries. Trashy Lady goes against the grain as it harkens back to time when adult cinema used to put some effort into actually making actual films that found a balance between the sex and more dramatic moments.
The thing the immediately grabs you when watching Trashy Lady is its lush production values and even more exquisite visuals, most notably its use of soft focus cinematography. Sure the film keeps things confined to a handful of locations and the majority of which were sets built on sound-stage. Needless to say this extra attention to detail elevates Trashy Lady several notches above its contemporaries.
Content wise, the film pays tribute the gangster films from Hollywood’s golden era. Also the narrative is well constructed and pacing is never an issue as things are always moving forward at a brisk momentum. With the well-defined characters and their back-stories further add to the evolution of the story at hand.
There are a total of eight sex scenes in this film and all of them deliver an ample amount of heat. With the standout sex scenes being a scene where Amber Lynn’s character Rita visits Herschel Savage’s character a gangster named Louie for a conjugal visit in prison. Another standout moment is where Rita portrayed by Amber Lynn teaches Ginger Lynn’s character Katherine how to be a trashy lady. And to assist them in this task is Tom Byron in the role of the paper boy.
Performance wise though the entire cast are all very good in their respective roles. There is no denying that Ginger Lynn (New Wave Hookers, Vice Academy) is the star of the show and she steals every scene she is in. Other notable performance comes from the ever so reliable Harry Reems (Deep Throat, Forced Entry) in the role of Dutch. Oddly enough for the who premise of the film is to transform the Kathrine character into the woman that Dutch wants her to be. When all is said and done, these two characters never consummate her transformation onscreen.
Trashy Lady comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The Transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the film’s original 35mm camera negative. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels remain strong throughout and the image looks crisp. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression and grain looks natural.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds balanced and this film’s scores sounds robust. Range wise things sounds as good as one would expect considering the mono source limitations.
Extras for this release include, two audio commentaries – the first audio commentary with cinematographer Tom Howard and moderator David McCabe and the second audio commentary with actor Herschel Savage and XRCO co-founder Bill Margold.
Topics discussed in the 1st audio commentary include, the title sequence, locations were the film was shot and how the film was shot in three days, the differences between shooting in 35mm verses 16mm, the cast and other information about them and other production related topics.
The audio commentary with Herschel Savage and Bill Margold is essentially an informal discussing where both participants reminiscent about cast and crew who worked on this film.
Rounding out the extras is a bonus feature film also directed by Steve Scott titled Coming West (53 minutes 29 seconds – 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio 1080 Progressive, in English). Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall another exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome.