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Alley Tramp/Over 18...and Ready [DVD]

Release Date:10/03/2006
If there are sleazy sexploitation films from the 1960's waiting to be uncovered, the folks at Something Weird Video will gladly do the digging, and they've paired up two tales of libidinous young women on this "Trashy Teen Double Feature" DVD. (Actually, only one of the films concerns a trashy teen, but let's not nitpick.) Both Alley Tramp and Over 18 . . . And Ready have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1; the image quality is good considering the vintage (and low budgets) of the two films, and the source materials look fine, though the print of Alley Tramp presented here is noticeably cleaner than the second feature on board. The audio for both films has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, with the monophonic sound mixes for the movies spread over two tracks; the quality is as good as can be expected, though neither film was likely to win an award (then or now) for stellar sound work. The dialogue for both features is in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles. The bonus features include trailers for Alley Tramp and seven other films concerning oversexed teens, two "educational" short subjects on teenage dating behavior (including the battered but quite remarkable Teenage Diary) and an aged peep-show loop, Smoke Rings. Anyone interested in the sordid underbelly of American cinema is probably already familiar with Something Weird Video, and this DVD is yet another example of what they do so well; fans of vintage sexploitation will want to find space for this on their shelves.
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    Special Features

    • Digitally Remastered
    • Original theatrical trailer for Alley Tramp!
    • Bonus Trampy trailers for The All-American Girl, Girl in Trouble, Lola's Mistake, Monique my Love, A Sweet Sickness, Teenage Tramp and The Teaser!
    • Before becoming a slut, learn how to "Think Things Out in the Heat of the Moment" with classroom scare: Film#1: Toward Emotional Maturity!
    • When a good girl goes to the senior dance at a Tiki Bar, it leads to sin on the beach, an attack from her drunken dad, and attempted suicide in classic christian scare-film #2: Teenage Diary!
    • Join two darling little tramps as they hang out in hose & garters in the vintage peeping peepland short #3: Smoke rings


    Alley Tramp
    A teenager develops a ravenous appetite for physical love in this vintage sexploitation drama. Marie (Julie Ames) is a sixteen-year-old girl whose sexual curiosity goes into overdrive when she comes home one evening to discover her parents making love with no small enthusiasm. The next day, Marie's third cousin Phil (Steve White) stops by to help with her French homework, and Marie seduces him. Soon Marie and Phil are cutting class on a regular basis for assignations in cheap motels and in the woods; while Phil wants to get married, Marie isn't interested and insists cousins aren't allowed to wed. Meanwhile, Marie's father is having an affair with his secretary and is rarely seen at home, while his wife Lily (Ann Heath) retaliates by picking up strange men at cocktail lounges. Lily becomes aware of Marie's budding nymphomania when the teenager beds one of Lily's recent conquests, but Marie's recklessness catches up with her when she discovers she's pregnant. Alley Tramp was directed by legendary exploitation auteur Herschell Gordon Lewis, though for some reason the entire cast and crew were given French pseudonyms, with Lewis credited as Armand Parys. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Over 18... And Ready
    A would-be actress learns the hard way about the dirty underside of show business in this sleazy bit of black and white sexploitation. Lyn (Mary McRea) came to Hollywood to become an actress, but so far her only job in show business has been working as a secretary for Barney Merritt (Larry Martinelli), a producer of fly-by-night sex films. When Lyn learns that Barney is having trouble casting the leading role in his next picture, a "roughie," Lyn asks him for the part ("I'm sure I can act and one doesn't have to be the greatest actress to be in one of these films"). Barney isn't convinced that giving the role to Lyn would be a good idea, so she hires Gerry (Gary M. Fox), a photographer, to take some nude cheesecake shots of her to persuade the producer she has what it takes. Gerry falls hard for Lyn after they enjoy a brief tryst at his studio, and she's taken with him as well, but ironically his photos help keep her away from him when Lyn gets the role in the film. Barney assures Lyn that if she really wants the part she has to sleep with him, and before long his sexually ambidextrous wife Billie (Margo Stevens) also has her eye on the would-be starlet and insists that she move into their home. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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