The Violent Years/Girl Gang [DVD]

Billed as a "teenage terror drive-in double feature," this disc from Something Weird Video will not disappoint fans of "wild youth" films. The Violent Years has the distinct honor of having been scripted by none other than the infamous Ed Wood Jr. (Plan Nine From Outer Space, Glen or Glenda). Both films are presented full frame (aspect ratio of 1.33:1) with prints that are a bit dark but lack major flaws. The soundtracks are Dolby Digital Mono. The disc is loaded with thematic extras. The trailers section features clips for The Violent Years, The Choppers, Jacktown, Slightly Damaged, and Strange Compulsion. There is also a hidden feature on this menu page: a 35-second alternate take from The Violent Years. The "Delinquent Goodies" section includes two short films. The short Goof Balls and Tea is a classic scare film credited as "A Police Science Production" and has a running time of 34 minutes. The other short has a similar somber tone and is entitled What About Juvenile Delinquency?, running 11 minutes. Both prints are in rough shape but still worth watching. Also included in this section is a 13-minute "Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art with Drive-In Intermission Announcements " and "Behind the Scenes Stills and Art" from The Violent Years, which features radio spots for Slightly Damaged and runs approximately ten minutes. There are also three separate "Intermission" films (snack bars clips, local business ads, etc.), each running around ten minutes, and a hidden trailer" for Teenage Mother. The final great feature for this wonderful disc is the optional "Let's Go to the Drive-In" which allows for uninterrupted playback of all of the disc's features.
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Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical trailer for "The Violent Years"
  • 100 never-before-seen behind-the-scenes publicity stills and exploitation art from "The Violent Years"
  • Archival Short Subject #1: "Goof Balls and Tea"
  • Archival Short Subject #2: "What About Juvenille Delinquency?"
  • Trailers: "The Choppers," "Jacktown," "Slightly Damaged," and "Strange Compulsion"
  • "Let's Go to the Drive-in" interactive feature of uninterrupted playback for over three hours
  • Classic Drive-in intermission shorts
  • Gallery of drive-in exploitation art
  • Sex Hygiene radio-spot rarities for Slightly Damaged
  • Drive-in intermission announcements from the projection booth

Synopsis

Girl Gang
The Violent Years
Parental neglect is firmly to blame in this low-budget potboiler scripted by the immortal Edward D. Wood Jr. Paula Parkins (Jean Moorhead) is a spoiled rich girl who turns to kicks when her parents become too engrossed in their careers and charity work. She leads a gang of similar-minded young ladies who rob gas stations and attack teenage couples parked in lovers' lanes (even sexually assaulting a hapless young romeo). Paula's father is the editor of the local newspaper and has inside information on the police's plans to catch the mysterious gang, so they stay one step ahead of the law thanks to dad's unknowing complicity. After a necking party with some gangsters, the girls pull a job for a local female crime boss who wants them to break into the high school and wreck a few classrooms. The reason why is never adequately explained (to the girls or to the viewer), but they take to the task with relish until the police arrive and all hell breaks loose. Tragedy ensues in the form of gunshot fatalities, car crashes, and death by childbirth behind bars. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

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