Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 8th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1974
Director: Earl Barton
Writer: Earl Barton
Cast: Zalman King, Brenda Fogarty, Robert Gribbin, Dina Ousley, Cathy Worthington, Jill Voight, Susan Russell, Robert Porter
BluRay released: September 26th, 2017
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Key collaborators on Trip with the Teacher include composer Igo Kantor ( Vixen!) and cinematographer / editor Ray Dennis Steckler (The Thrill Killers, Rat Pfink a Boo Boo).
By the early 1970’s, the rise of XXX cinema lead to the decline of soft-core erotica cinema. And from the ashes of the latter came a new genre that has since become known as a sexploitation cinema, a genre that fused elements from the soft-core erotica genre with harder edged elements that are usually associated with the horror and thriller genres.
Case in point, is a film like Trip with the Teacher that takes a mundane scenario that would have lost the majority of its impact if played out like a straight forward thriller. With this film’s real tension coming from the acts of depravity that is being inflicted upon the teacher and her students.
From a production standpoint there is not an area where this film does not fulfill its objectives. And nowhere is this more evident, then when it comes to the performances. With this film’s most memorable performance being Zalman King (Some Call it Loving, Blue Sunshine) AL, the ringleader of motorcycle gang that kidnaps and assaults the teacher and her students. He delivers an utterly convincing performance that is overflowing with ferocity. Another performance of note is Brenda Fogarty (The Candy Tangerine Man, The Beach Bunnies) in the role of the teacher. Ultimately Trip with the Teacher is a solid example of 1970’s exploration cinema.
Trip with the Teacher comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from the 16mm original camera negative. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape and print related damage is minimal. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, there are no issues with compression and details look crisp throughout. It should be noted that grain often looks heavy and this is most likely due to the film being shot on 16mm.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. There are no issues with background noise or distortion, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a still gallery, two T.V. spots (30 seconds and 56 seconds), a trailer for the film (3 minutes 24 seconds), an interview with actress Brenda Fogarty titled Taking the Trip (14 minutes 29 seconds) and an audio commentary with screenwriter / director Earl Barton, actresses Cathy Worthington and Dina Ousley.
Topics discussed in the interview Brenda Fogarty include, her career as a showgirl, her origins as an actress, Trip with the Teacher / her first leading role in a film, the cast, her thoughts about the screenplay, how she was surprised to learn of Trip with the Teacher’s status as a Cult film and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the origins of the film, how the film was shot in 13 days, the cast, onset memories, the visuals and other production related topics.
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 Trip with the Teacher gets a solid release from Vinegar Syndrome.
Note: This Blu-ray/DVD combo is strictly limited to 3,000 units.