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Revenge of the CHeerleaders

Cigarettes out and zippers up!

Tarantino’s main influence for Death Proof arrives on blu-ray thanks to Code Red and, yes, it features full frontal nudity from The Hoff, a seriously sexy dance number in a soda shop, and a lot of high school teens giving their all for the school.  Revenge of the Cheerleaders is, when it comes to B-movie cult flicks, completely on point.  Just ask the scout in the woods that gets laid by two of the cheerleaders!

The cheerleading squad at Aloha High School is on the warpath!  And they aren’t afraid to use the bodies as weapons either. Directed by Richard Lerner and full of enough raunchy action in and out of the sheets to make you want to take a shower afterwards (if only to calm down), this sex comedy is utterly unforgettable as a wild cheerleading squad goes for broke against evil land developers that want to condemn their school for its morality issues. 

The drama begins when the school board wants to merge with a vocational school, but the girls - refusing to cooperate with even the simplest of tasks - decide to rebel against their new principal, ex-Marine Hall Walker (Norman Thomas Marshall).

What follows is a lot of suggestive banana eating, stripteases, bathroom sex, and a lunchroom spaghetti sauce with a concoction of pot, pills, and powders.  This is a no holds barred take-down of your typical school social norms and no one is left untouched - not even the lunch ladies.  

Starring Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith (Massacre at Central High) and a young David Hasslehoff as Boner, this comedy has some absolutely incredible scenes of debauchery.  In one scene, a young man serving an elderly lady ice cream gets his buttcheeks squeezed and sucked just below the counter.  As she is demanding more nuts, he gets his own package fondled. Hell, in the film’s opening few moments, the entire team of cheerleaders - Gail, Heather, Leslie, Tishi and Sesame - take their tops off while dragging main.Revenge of the CHeerleaders  

Also starring Carl Ballantine, Jerii Woods, Cheryl Smith, Helen Lang, Patrice Rohmer, Susie Elene, Revenge of the Cheerleaders is both comical and crass, giving Drive-in audiences EXACTLY what they paid for as tops and bottoms come flying off as one squad of dirty girls fights to save their high school from becoming a shopping mall.  

It’s the 1970s, man.  There’s quite a bit of hair down there if you catch my drift.  Thankfully, not even those natural short and curlies try to take themselves seriously in this comedy.  And that makes it all the more enjoyable as cafeterias become scenes of orgies and locker rooms get filled with soapy suds while naked girls and boys climb all over each other.  

Of the three "Cheerleader" films released in the 1970s which capitalized on the California sun and fun, Revenge of the Cheerleaders has to be the surrealist of them all.  Wild and over the top, Revenge of the Cheerleaders is pure B-movie mayhem unhinged.

4/5 stars

Revenge of the CHeerleaders

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Code Red
Available on Blu-ray
- October 27, 2014
Screen Formats: 1.66:1, 1.78:1
Subtitles
: None
Audio:
Englis: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

The tale of the Aloha Cheerleaders' struggle against Lincoln high. High points include such events as the Aloha girls raiding a Lincoln classroom to get drugs, then putting aforementioned drugs in the cafeteria food while the state school inspectors are present. Worth the rental price just so if you ever meet David Hasselhoff, you can say "Hey, I loved your work as Boner!"  From Code Red, this title is only available through Ronin Flix.

Video:

Code Red presents this 1.78:1 framed HD remaster with a nice new sheen. The flesh on display is supple and has great detail. Textures, colors, and fabrics are natural. The results are quite good. Mostly shot in the natural light, the colors are strong. Black levels are even and edges are very fine indeed. There is a nice sheen to much of the movie, making it a totally memorable experience as this is the best the film has ever looked in its lifetime. 

Audio:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 is fine for this release.

Commentary:

 

Special Features:

 

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a feature-length Audio Commentary by director/writer/producer Richard Lerner and cinematographer Nathaniel Dorsky.

Special Features:

Fans of this cult classic get to experience the high school hijinks in a choice of two versions: a letterboxed version or a full-screen version, both are in HD.

  • The Movie (Letterboxed) in HD
  • The Movie (Fullscreen) in HD
  • Audio Commentary

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  2/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 2/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

2.5/5 stars

Revenge of the CHeerleaders

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
87 mins
Director
: Richard Lerner
Writer:
Ted Greenwald & Nathaniel Dorsky & Ace Baandige
Cast:
Jerii Woods, Cheryl Smith, Helen Lang
Genre
: Comedy
Tagline:
They're giving Dirty Rotten Men a run for their Money.
Memorable Movie Quote: "It's High School the Way We Remember It ... Although It Never Happened Quite Like This!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Monarch Releasing Corporation
Official Site:
Release Date:
May 1986
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
October 27, 2014.
Synopsis: Aloha High cheerleaders, who wield considerable power in their ineptly run school, struggle against real estate developers aiming to merge their school with a rival one in order to turn the location into a shopping mall.

Revenge of the CHeerleaders

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