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Hollywood After Dark/the Rotten Apple

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Rue McClanahan is best known for her performances as the saucy, man-hungry Blanche on the long-running sitcom The Golden Girls, and it's somehow appropriate that McClanahan has a few exploitation films hiding in her past. While none of them qualify as blackmail material -- her level of exposure and behavior barely qualifies for a PG rating today -- her co-stars on The Golden Girls weren't playing hookers or strippers in their early days onscreen, and two of these minor skeletons in Rue's closet are paired up on ...
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Overview

Rue McClanahan is best known for her performances as the saucy, man-hungry Blanche on the long-running sitcom The Golden Girls, and it's somehow appropriate that McClanahan has a few exploitation films hiding in her past. While none of them qualify as blackmail material -- her level of exposure and behavior barely qualifies for a PG rating today -- her co-stars on The Golden Girls weren't playing hookers or strippers in their early days onscreen, and two of these minor skeletons in Rue's closet are paired up on this double-feature DVD from Something Weird Video. The Rotten Apple (aka Five Minutes to Love, and the film in which McClanahan was memorably billed as "Poochie, the Girl from the Shack!") and Hollywood After Dark (aka Walk the Angry Beach and The Unholy Choice) have both been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The transfers are handsome and well-detailed, and the source materials look very good, especially The Rotten Apple, which has popped up on several public domain labels in less attractive form. The audio for both films has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, with the original monophonic soundtracks doubled in the right and left channels. The mastering was apparently done from the optical prints of the source tracks, and sound quite good for the period. The dialogue for both features is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. As a bonus, this release includes the original trailer for Hollywood After Dark, as well as seven other pictures dealing with starlets trying their luck in the movie business. The disc also features four short subjects -- a visit to a school for pinup models, a cheesecake reel featuring Dorothy Van Nuys modeling swimwear, a grimy-looking peep-show loop, and a burlesque short featuring a handful of high-class peelers. (It's worth noting that the bonus shorts and the trailer for Starlet feature significantly more nudity than appears in either of the main features!) Finally, a gallery of stills and ad material for The Rotten Apple (under its reissue title Five Minutes to Love) rounds out the package. Some of McClanahan's fans might be a bit taken aback by these two movies (more for their pretentious "significant" dialogue and oddball characters than anything else), but exploitation fans are sure to eat 'em up, and this DVD has been put together with Something Weird's usual degree of care; this is fun stuff and worth checking out.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered; Original theatrical trailer for Hollywood After Dark; Bonus Tinseltown trailers for: Calling Homicide, Female Jungle, Hollywood Burlesque, Scandal Incorporated, Starlet, A Sweet Sickness, and A Virgin in Hollywood; Hollywood glamour girls learn how to be perfect pinups in vintage short #1: Model School; A Hollywood hopeful offers some cheesecake in vintage short #2: The Screen Test of Dorothy Van Nuys; A Hollywood starlet shows us her film collection in vintage peepland short #3: Reel Facts; Diane de Layne, Dimples Morgan, and other Hollywood strippers strut their stuff in burlesque short #4: Hollywood Peep Show; Special Rotten Apple gallery of promotional publicity stills
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • UPC: 014381317329
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,394

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hollywood After Dark/The Rotten Apple
1. Main Title; The Demolition Man [6:11]
2. Common Ground [2:53]
3. No Bump, No Grind [6:33]
4. That Old Black Magic [5:23]
5. Fun in the Sun [5:53]
6. Martinis and Mambos [11:09]
7. A Watchful Eye [2:29]
8. Sandy's Plight [4:59]
9. Tony Takes a Dive [8:54]
10. Making Plans [6:50]
11. Cold and Still [5:46]
12. The Highway to Hell [1:19]
1. Mr. Paul Leder [2:12]
2. Main Title; Evil Habits [6:34]
3. A Big Time Operator With a '48 Ford [9:08]
4. Two People for Five Minutes [9:02]
5. Harry the Businessman [3:47]
6. Sin Is Dopeful [3:02]
7. Feeling Sorry [3:47]
8. Superman [4:09]
9. Rotten, Sick and On the Hook [9:03]
10. The Blowhard Blitz [8:52]
11. Going Buggy [5:45]
12. Ragged Ass Hopes [8:16]
13. Retribution [6:16]
14. End Credits [:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hollywood After Dark/The Rotten Apple
   Hollywood After Dark: Feature Start
   Hollywood After Dark: Scene Selections
   The Rotten Apple: Feature Start
   The Rotten Apple: Scene Selections
   Sure Fire Adult Entertainment
      Original Trailer: Hollywood After Dark
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: Calling Homicide
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: Female Jungle
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: Hollywood Burlesque
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: Scandal Incorporated
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: Starlet
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: A Sweet Sickness
      Bonus Tinseltown Trailers: A Virgin in Hollywood
      Vintage Shorts: Model School
      Vintage Shorts: Screen Test of Dorothy Van Nuys
      Vintage Shorts: Reel Facts
      Vintage Shorts: Hollywood Peep Show
      Rotten Apple Gallery of Promotional Publicity Stills
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