She-Man/Sins of Rachel [Special Edition] [DVD]

Something Weird has paired up two movies dealing with various forms of sexual ambiguity on this typically well-presented two-fer DVD. Both She-Man and The Sins of Rachel have been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (there is some slight letterboxing on The Sins of Rachel, but it can hardly be described as widescreen). The transfer of She-Man is clear and precise, from a fine print with solid contrasts, but the source materials for The Sins of Rachel are in much rougher shape, with lots of scratches and a bit of color fading, and the sharpness of the transfer only seems to make the flaws more visible (though given the film's obscurity, trash film advocates will doubtless be forgiving). The audio for both films has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, with the mono mix identical in both channels; the dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. The sound appears to be taken from the original optical tracks of these prints, and consistently The Sins of Rachel sounds a bit rougher than She-Man, though both are certainly audible. Bonus materials include a trailer for The Sins of Rachel and seven other films dealing with homosexuality or cross-dressing, as well as a promo for a personal appearance by gay author Ken Marlowe. A female impersonator struts his/her stuff in a bonus short subject, while three beefcake peep-show loops round out the program. This package has been put together with Something Weird's usual attention to detail, and fans of oddball cinema not put off by "third sex" themes will want to give this a spin.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical trailer for Sins of Rachel
  • Bonus lavender-tinged trailers for Gay Liberation, I Was a Man, Lusting Hours, My Third Wife George, 1970 Hot Summer Special, The Queen and Vapors
  • Special trailer for: A Personal Appearance by author Ken "Mr. Madame" Marlowe
  • A black female impersonator performs in a 1948 nightclub in she-man short #1: Jean La Rue
  • A male nudist spends eight years romping by the water in the oddball 8 mm short #2: Going Native at the Beach
  • Vintage 8 mm beefcake short #3: Naked Cowboy
  • Vintage 8 mm beefcake short #4: Warren Frederick Goes to Bed

Synopsis

The She Man
This outrageous exploitation piece from Bob Clark, the director of Black Christmas and Porky's, tells the story of an army deserter (Dorian Wayne) who becomes a female impersonator named Dominita to escape capture. Dominita then extorts money from his old commanding officer (Leslie Marlow), forces him to take female hormones, and enlists him as a private maid. Marlow and his secretary (Wendy Roberts) end Dominita's humiliating revenge plans after suffering an hour of comparatively tame abuse. Co-written by Clark and Jeff Gillen, who appears onscreen briefly and went on to co-direct the horror classic Deranged. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

The Sins of Rachel
Former cabaret superstar Rachel Waring (Patsy Ann Noble, who also wrote the screenplay) has been preparing to pen her memoirs, and the publication of her private story is sure to rock the foundation of the little town she lives in. Although she gave up her career years ago to settle down and raise her teenaged son, Jimmy (Bruce Campbell), Rachel has cut a promiscuous path through her community, so when she turns up murdered there's no shortage of suspects. Could the culprit be Hank, the gigolo who performs private "auditions" for the aging starlet? The barmaid who is carrying Hank's baby? Or Chester Brown, the publisher who has admired Rachel from afar since their days together in the theatre? Through a series of interrogations (and corresponding flashback sequences), Detective Jennings finally stumbles upon the killer, but not before the ugly spectre of incest appears and Jimmy's tender romance with the handsome Peter is uncovered. With the painful ordeal of his mother's murder behind him, Jimmy faces his homosexuality with brave determination and rides off into the sunset on Peter's chopper. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

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