The past year or two has seen a handful of new DVD and Blu-Ray specialty labels pop up offering titles, old and new, that many never thought would get a decent release. Scream Factory has given dozens of classic horror titles treatment of Criterion-like proportions. Newcomer Artsploitation has released a stream of challenging art house and international films that most would have never heard of. But if your tastes lean towards old school drive-in style grime, then Vinegar Syndrome has just what you need. Launched in the beginning of the year with the release of The Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis collection, Vinegar Syndrome has been releasing choice exploitation goodness since. Most notable of these have been the aforementioned HG Lewis disc, Massage Parlor Murders and their signature Drive-In Collection double features. The label is starting the summer strong with a handful of releases that are guaranteed to put a sleazy smile on your face. Check out the previews below for the first three releases in the label’s summer slate, including the much-anticipated (by your’s truly, at least) Punk Vacation!
A Labor Of Love (DVD) street date June 11th
In the winter of 1974, a naive independent filmmaker based in Chicago found funding to make his first feature, to be titled “The Last Affair.” The one stipulation mandated by his financial bakers was that the movie needed to include hardcore sex scenes. A LABOR OF LOVE documents the ensuing heart-felt and earnest attempt to create an X rated movie. Between struggles with the cast and problems with crew and locations, the production forges on in a manner NBC News described as “A true human comedy” and Hadrian Belove of Cinefamily acclaimed as “a lost vérité masterpiece … a movie-about-movies documentary classic.”
Punk Vacation (Blu-Ray/DVD combo) street date July 9th
A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenge her father’s death, she’s held hostage by the gang resulting in an epic battle between punks and rednecks.
Directed by Stanley Lewis
Two Times Square classics from the vaults of New York’s oldest surviving producers of underground
sexploitation and sleaze — Distribpix, Inc.
über-creepy porno dudes with furry shoulders, punk rocker versus redneck violence, and smoking vaginas? Count me in.