Friday, May 27, 2016

TRASHY LADY - Vinegar Syndrome (Blu-ray Review)

Directed By: Steve Scott
Written By: Steve Scott, Will Kelly
Starring: Ginger Lynn, Harry Reems, Amber Lynn
Color/85 Minutes/X
Region FREE
Release Date:

The Film
Dutch Siegel is a gangster who just lost his lady and with the big gangster's convention coming up he needs to find a new one to have by his side. The new girl working at the speakeasy immediately catches his eye and he decides that young Katherine will be his new woman. The only problem being that she's an innocent small town girl and one of the city's top gangsters can't be seen with a sweet girl so he hands her over to Rita who is the main squeeze of jailed gangster Louie to roughen up Katherine and teach her how to act like a tough broad.

TRASHY LADY is a period piece taking place during the height of gangster culture and prohibition, the 1920s. Never for a second did I question that this film is being made on sets or a soundstage. Director Steve Scott really brings the audience into the time period with solid production value and good screenplay. It's not every smut film that I make mention of a good screenplay but this one deserves mention. The cast also deserves mention because they're pretty good. Yes, there is some hammy moments and overacting but the acting is head's and shoulders above the average porno. Ginger Lynn is adorable as the small town girl and becomes downright sexy as she goes through the lessons taught to her. Harry Reems and his legendary mustache is more likable than I would expect. The rest of the cast including Amber Lynn, Herschel Savage and Bunny Bleu are all good as well.

Once the action starts it keeps coming fast and furious with everything from sex with the paper boy to lesbian action with a hotel maid and Rita getting it on in Jail. And that my dear viewer is of course the most important thing here. I deeply appreciate the costume work, the sets that don't look as cheap as they probably should and that Steve Scott's direction is great (good enough to earn him a nomination for the XRCO awards, one of 6 nominations for TRASHY LADY) but without some hot and heavy action, and plenty of it, TRASHY LADY wouldn't be nearly as special. And it's special. Ginger Lynn, as I said, is fucking gorgeous, easily one of the sexiest ladies in adult film history and her co-stars in this film are no slouches either. This is one hell of a sexy flick and plenty entertaining on top of that.

The Audio & Video
Vintage porn is not supposed to look this good. It's supposed to be grainy and damaged, full of scratches and debris showing its rough history and age. It should give you that sticky, grimy feeling, right? It's not supposed to have a sharp look and a clean transfer. It shouldn't have high levels of detail and a natural and vivid color palette. That is unless Vinegar Syndrome has something to say about it with a new 2K scan from the original 35mm camera negative. TRASHY LADY looks stunning. And the DTS-HD Master Audio mono mix sounds great - It's crisp and crystal clear, not muddy and without any hissing or crackling. There's no background noise or other distortions. What a world we live in when 30 year old porn can look and sound this good.

The Extras
The package of extras put together for this release may not be the most plentiful but there's some landmark stuff in here!

-The First Ever Audio Commentary by Director of Photography Tom Howard moderated by filmmaker David McCabe
-Audio Commentary by co-star Herschel Savage and XRCO co-founder Bill Margold
-Bonus Steve Scott Feature Film - COMING WEST (1971)
-Reversible Artwork

The Bottom Line
Vinegar Syndrome's Blu-ray release of TRASHY LADY is nothing but pure fucking class. Highly recommended!

TRASHY LADY is available HERE

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