May 282017
 

Sure Malibu High is the typical silly 1970s sex comedy and on that level, it might be worthwhile watching amongst friends to mock, but outside of that, not sure there’s really any reason unless that era, and ultra low budget films, fascinates you.

 

 

Malibu High
(1979)

Genre(s): Drama, Crime, Thriller
Vinegar Syndrome | NR – 90 min. – $32.98 | May 30, 2017

Date Published: 05/28/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Irvin Berwick
Writer(s): John Buckley (story), Thomas Singer (screenplay)
Cast: Jill Lansing, Katie Johnson, Alex Mann, Tammy Taylor, Stuart Taylor, Wallace Earl Laven, Garth Pillsbury, John Harmon, John Yates
DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Interviews, 2 Short Films, Gallery, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 42.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Kim (KILL LANSING) is a smart-mouthed high school senior whose boyfriend dumps her for a snobbish rich girl. Her poor grades and working class background make matters even worse, until Kim realizes she can use her beautiful body to achieve her goals. Sexually blackmailing her teachers improves her grades and moonlighting as a prostitute pays off handsomely. But an easy life of vice pulls her deeper into corruption and crime, and soon Kim finds herself lured into the risky and bloody role of a high school aged hit girl.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5


This release comes with a reversible cover which isn’t significantly different, just the placement of the girl on the front. Inside is a DVD Copy.

Audio Commentary – Producer Lawrence Foldes & Actress Tammy Taylor offer up a fun, light-hearted, track and do provide some behind-the-scenes info. Includes a moderator who keeps things going at a brisk pace.

Interviews:

  • Making Malibu High – Producer Lawrence Foldes (26:40; HD)
  • Playing Annette – Actress Tammy Taylor (12:42; HD)
  • Playing the Boss – Actor Garth Pillsbury (14:51; HD)

These aren’t bad actually, each participants explain their careers and working on Malibu High. As a side, Ms. Taylor doesn’t look too bad…

Q&A from the New Beverly Cinema Screening (27:02; HD) – Foldes, Taylor and Actor Alex Mann attend this Q&A following a screening of the movie.

Short Films by Lawrence Foldes:

  • “Struggle for Israel” 1976 (19:57; SD)
  • “Grandpa & Marika” 1975 (11:07; SD)

Also included is the Original Theatrical Trailer (2:17; SD) and a Promotional Still Gallery (2:52; HD).

 


VIDEO – 3.25/5


Malibu High blackmails its way onto Blu-ray courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome and is presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer, newly scanned and restored in 2K culled from the original 35mm camera negative. The film reportedly had a $56,000 budget (~$188k in 2017) and looked it; the colors are on the muted side while detail was generally sharp throughout and there weren’t any obvious flaws like dust marks or scratches.

AUDIO – 2.75/5


The movie comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track and at times sounds fine but others the cheap and amateurish sound designs becomes obvious with echo-y dialogue that bounces off the walls while the cheesy score is incredibly flat coming out of the solo channel.

 


OVERALL – 1.5/5


Overall, sure Malibu High is the typical silly 1970s sex comedy and on that level, it might be worthwhile watching amongst friends to mock, but outside of that, not sure there’s really any reason unless that era, and ultra low budget films, fascinates you. This Blu-ray released through Vinegar Syndrome offers so-so video/audio transfers and an impressive assortment of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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