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Nashville Girl (1976) - Blu-ray Review

Movie Review

4 beersPredating Coal Miner’s Daughter by a long stretch of road, Roger Corman’s Nashville Girl is further proof of his absolute genius when it comes to reading the popular culture. It is also a shining showcase for the many talents of actress Monica Gayle as she plays a starry-eyed kid with a soulful voice trapped inside a degrading music industry that only wants to rape and rob her. Literally. This movie is quite the ride through the south and, complete with a final picturesque image, has one of the greatest last lines of ANY biopic.

Corman recognized that country music was bigger than pop music at the time this movie was conceived. Why no one was celebrating this with a profitable movie was beyond him and so this story, about a young girl with dreams of fortune and fame as a country music singer, was put out and its resulting success stunned even him.

It’s the Loretta Lynn story long before Hollywood got its hands on it. Of course, none of that stopped Corman from re-releasing the movie as Country Music Daughter to capitalize on the success of that movie some four years later. Corman is not a stupid man and he realized, with its increase in T&A and the solid songs at its center, Nashville Girl would have a second and unintended life at the box office.

And here we are now with its blu-ray debut courtesy of Scorpion Releasing. Never before has 1970's country singer Johnny Rodriguez looked so pristine.

"Southern Fried Sleaze rarely gets this greasy. Nashville Girl is a sexploitation story caught in the limelight that takes it to The Man and then some."

The film stars the absolutely adorable Monica Gayle (Switchblade Sisters) as Jamie (and later Melody Mason), the young girl with the country music in her soul, whose voyage to the country music top of the charts is the centerpiece of this film. She’s the cutie with the smile on her face and the tear in her voice or so says her fake biography. And convincing the powerful men she comes in contact in Nashville with, who just want to roll around in the hay with her, that she’s not just another pretty face is going to be one hell of an ordeal.

Directed by Gus Trikonis (Supercock, The Evil) and co-starring Glenn Corbett and Roger Davis, Nashville Girl is loaded with some sugary sweet country songs. Outlaw country music was all the rage (and it was quite good) and the material here matches those hot licks and lines with a sharpness in attitude that is matched by Melody’s climb to the top as she dwarfs the headliner in the tour she’s supposed to be there to support. And, yeah, it’s very much like the Loretta Lynn movie that would roll out 4 years later.

With songs by Rory Bourke, Johnny Wilson, Gene Dobbins, Bob Wills, and John Wills, this soundtrack is a blistering ode to a time with country music was exactly that: country.

Thing is, no man can resist Jamie. No man. She gets imprisoned where a guard takes advantage of her, hits the road where another man takes advantage of her, and so on. Everyone is taking advantage of this 17-year-old girl. And no one believes her because, yeah, the scene is beyond sexist; it still is and the louder the music, well, the louder the screaming.

Southern Fried Sleaze rarely gets this greasy. Nashville Girl is a sexploitation story caught in the limelight that takes it to The Man and then some. It is now available on blu-ray thanks to a brand new 16x9 HD master from the original camera negatives from Scorpion Releasing.



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Film Details

Nashville Girl (1976) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime: 91 mins
Director: Gus Trikonis
Writer: Peer J. Oppenheimer
Cast: Monica Gayle, Glenn Corbett, Roger DavisGenre: Music | Romance
Tagline: All she wants is a break. All they want is her body.
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DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2015
Synopsis: Showbiz dreams and shocking reality are both in store for Kentucky teenager Jamie (Monica Gayle, Switchblade Sisters), who defies her family to pursue a career as a singer inspired by country idol Jeb Hubbard (Glenn Corbett, Homicidal). The path to stardom is paved with sordid sexual encounters, a stint as a masseuse, hard time in juvenile detention complete with a domineering female warden, and the bed of a record producer.



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Nashville Girl (1976) - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray Review


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scorpion Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- June 3, 2015
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
Subtitles: None
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A, B

Nashville Girl, with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, arrives on 1080p from Scorpion Releasing thanks to a brand new HD master from the original negatives with over 25 hours of scene-to-scene color correction. The resulting transfer is a glorious spectacle of bright colors and solid black levels. Lines are good and the damage to the print is dialed back down to a negative number. I’ve seen many releases of this flick and this is easily the best it has ever (and probably will) look. The sound is presented in a Dolby Digital MA track.




Special Features:

Corman gives viewers a great interview about this feature, where he takes on the inspiration and the second release after Coal Miner’s Daughter became so big. Fans also get a Fun Facts blip, the original trailer, and trailers from hell.

Interview with Roger CormanTrailer From HellOriginal TrailerFun Facts And Trivia Segment



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Nashville Girl (1976) - Blu-ray Review