Pick-Up: An off-beat story about two young women whose lives are forever changed when they hitchhike a ride in a mobile home. The Sister-In-Law: A punchy story about the sexual entanglements of four people and how... more » their moral conflicts lead to heartache and destruction. The Stepmother: A high-living architect who - as a result of his violent temper - finds himself enmeshed in two accidental deaths. When he discovers his 2nd wife having an affair with his teenage son...there's almost a third murder! The Teacher: She corrupted the youthful morality of an entire school! An explosively tense story about a beautiful, provocative 28-year-old high school teacher whose seduction of one particular student proves fatal. Trip with the Teacher: A chilling experience in terror as a group of female students and their pretty teacher are ambushed, while on a field trip, by two sadistic bikers, forcing the women to learn a lesson in survival. Best Friends: Two young couples taste the free and easy life on a cross country motor-home tour until love backfires and tragedy follows. Cindy and Donna: Two sisters, growing up in a middle-class home with parents too preoccupied with booze and sex, find that being grown up doesn't mean acting like their folks, as experiments with drugs and sex teach them. Malibu High: High school senior Kim is having her share of problems. Her grades are poor, her boyfriend dumped her for a rich girl and her financial situation is disastrous. So she makes an after hours deal with one of her teachers to improve her grade point average. Soon, she is working her way through the faculty room and taking on paying customers.« less
Larry N. from BEALETON, VA Reviewed on 9/22/2015...
Cindy & Donna - A weak story with bad acting about a promiscuous 17-year old girl and her curious 15-year old half-sister. I rate it a 1.5 out of 5.
The Stepmother - Murder and adultery is the plot of this movie. Much better acting and script than Cindy & Donna. I rate this one a 2.0 out of 5. This one featured Larry Linville.
The Teacher - There is so much wrong with the script to even go into all of it here. Married high school teacher, Diane (beautiful Angel Tompkins), is stalked by crazy Ralph (Anthony James) who is in love with her. Since her estranged husband has been gone for a few months, she is looking for some intimacy and finds it publicly and privately with student and neighbor Sean, played by none other than Dennis the Meanace's Jay North! I rate this one a 2.5 out of 5 only because everything else was better than all of the holes in the script.
The Sister-in-Law - For a movie that is supposed to be about smuggling, a lot of time is spent on the adultery part of the movie. It's not a bad movie, but certainly could have been done better. There is a good plot twist at the end. I give it a 2.5 out of 5.
Trip with the Teacher - While four teenage girls are on a summer trip with a teacher, they encounter three bikers: demented Al (Zalman King) is ruthless and evil; his brother, Pete (Robert Porter), isn't evil, but is basically controlled by Al; and acquaintance Jay, whom joined them on the road. Al is also perverted and wants to have sex with one of the girls so he forms a plot to get what he wants at any cost. I really hated Al, but I suppose they wanted you to hate him. The musical score was cheesy synthesizer music which I thought took away from the movie. The acting was good and the plot was decent. I give this one a 3.0 out of 5.
Pickup - This is a weird movie. Two young women join a man on the road who is delivering a motor-home. They get detoured off the highway onto a dirt road, eventually run out of road and get stuck. Then the weirdness starts. I can't even begin to explain what was the point of the movie. There wasn't enough dialogue to help explain it for me. The upside of the whole movie was the producers managed to cast two beautiful young women whom had essentially not done any cinematic or TV work before or since. I rate this one a 2.0 out of 5 only because of my previous statement.
Best Friends - This movie is about two best friends that have gotten out of the military with completely different ideas of what the next phase of their life should be. One plays the other and plays both of their girlfriends attempting to get what he wants. I give this one a 3.5 out of 5.
Malibu High - This got the highest rating out of the 8 on IMDB, but I don't think it was truly the best one. This is about a high school senior girl that got dumped by her boyfriend and she is now failing all of her classes. She seduces her male teachers to boost her grades and then turns to prostitution to make money. She gets noticed by a higher level pimp and he convinces her to work for him for a better cut of a higher take. Her new pimp then convinces her to do bigger work which ultimately leads to her undoing. I rate this one a 2.5 out of 5 as well.
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Michael M. (bugsyboy) from LEAWOOD, KS Reviewed on 7/25/2010...
Eight full length movies on two DVDs. Lots of cult classic for the adult viewer. It was fun to see Larry Linville from MASH, John Savage who later was in the movie "The Deer Hunter" and Richard Hatch from the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series in these early B movies. Definitely done in the Russ Meyers traditions of free love. Great bargain here.
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Less than two dollars a movie?
Brian J. Greene | Durham, NC | 02/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Talk about value for your entertainment dollar? There are 8 films in this collection, which is selling for just under ten bucks! And the movies are great, if you are into 1970s camp. There are conflicts that come about in people's lives in every film, the conflicts usually the result of a sexual/romantic situation. Somebody central to the film dies in every one of them. Bellbottoms and other 70s paraphernalia (disco music, tight jeans, feathered hair, etc.) are widely represented. The music is cool in that "Convoy" kind of way. Really, for exploitation fare the stories are pretty compelling, but still just offbeat enough to give you the campy giggles. I would pay $10 for any one of these movies - getting 8 of them at that price almost makes me feel like I have stolen something."
Sleazy, salacious and tragic
grew up in the 1960s | usa | 04/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i could have added low rent. every one of these very entertaining movies features pretty young girls in various states of undress. all the said young girls have gotten themselves into some kind of serious trouble and every movie has a tragic ending. all are under 90 minutes long. i found the movies, all from the 1970s more entertaining than many so called classics of the same era. the set's price make it a tremendous bargain. highly recommended for fans of sleazy, low rent R rated entertainment."
C. Barthelmess | USA | 02/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best DVD value on Amazon. Eight movies for $10 and not a bad one in the bunch. These B movies have some well known actors, good stories and decent quality. Plenty of topless nudity too. A must buy. You won't be sorry."
Some Duds, But Some Great B-Movie Moments (spoiler alert)
St. James | Los Angeles, CA | 07/01/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These films for the most part are neither cult movies nor are they classic. However, the drive-in moniker is dead on, and if you enjoy 70's b-films that are slow-medium paced, with a lot of swimming pools, sunsets, joint smoking, feathered hair, tight white pants, vans, motor homes, motorcycles, bummer endings, gratuitous T & A (in most of them), and occasionally hilarious moments of really bad dialogue and acting, then this is a good set, especially for the price. My only gripes are 1) the sound is often a bit muffled, gets better if you have it through a stereo and can thin it out with more treble/less bass; 2) no subtitles. these films are perfect to set it and forget it, kill the sound and put on a record, but it'd be nice to still be able to follow the story with subtitles. 3) the provided summaries are sometimes misleading. But these are minor complaints considering the overall pleasure-to-dollar ratio available here. Drive-in movies were a genre all their own, and shrugged off the burden of plot like it was just some unnecessary hassle.
MALIBU HIGH Worth the price of admission alone. This is the one that really shines out of this bunch. Much stronger language than all of the others, classic dialogue ("Maybe if you weren't so concerned about dirt, and dust, and greasy buildup, then Daddy wouldn't have left, and wouldn't have had to kill himself because he couldn't get it up anymore!"), plenty of salaciousness, and great low budget jaw-dropppers like a high school dance that takes place in a Mexican restaurant, not to mention wicked 70s wall-rugs and phrases like "Check you later!" Malibu High RULES. If only they could all be this good.
CINDY & DONNA The second best film in this set, and a classic theme song. Donna is the slutty older sister that ultimately lures the uptight Cindy into a trampy lifestyle. Tame by today's standards but otherwise not for the prudish. One of many with an astonishingly abrupt ending.
THE TEACHER Pretty entertaining by virtue of its lameness. The by-line on the package is totally misleading, however - she does not 'corrupt the morality of an entire school,' not by a long shot. This one features a lovely, Cheryl Ladd-ish teacher figure - it's summer vacation so other than one shot outside the school during the opening credits, there is no school-related activity whatsoever. This has very TV-style acting, shooting, everything, then the obligatory T & A every 20 mins or so. It's like watching The Brady Bunch with partial nudity plus some light crime. The goofy villain, Ralph, is a hilarious scene-stealing goon. What's unfathomable is why the Teacher would be interested in a dork like Sean who greatly prefers working on his van to having sex. Seriously, count the number of times he references working on his van, it's insane. This one also has a classic theme song that plays through 75% of the movie.
BEST FRIENDS Weird flick. Goofus and Gallant take a motor home on a multi-state trip as one last fling to celebrate Goofus getting out of the Army and Gallant getting married. But Goofus just can't face the end of the footloose good times with his buddy, so he sets about to destroy the impending marriage. Ann Noland really shines in this movie as Jo Ella - she's got a great spontaneity and charm. But questions linger: where the hell did Goofus put his motorcycle when he was riding in the motor home? And why didn't Gallant just waste him? Pretty classic drunken strip scene in an Indian bar.
THE SISTER IN LAW This is actually a fairly serious movie about two bearded brothers from a well-to-do family. The elder brother, Edward, was a briefly successful writer who has since fallen into wearing white turtlenecks and performing deliveries for organized crime types who have a flair for dramatically handing envelopes to one another. His marriage to a gorgeous though small-nippled woman is dissolving when the younger brother, Robert, our protagonist, returns to the swank family house from his idealistic exploration of America. Swimming in the pool, wearing tennis clothes, and banging Edward's older soon-to-be ex-wife suddenly loses interest when Edward shows up with his mistress, another lovely woman just about Robert's age. Eventually Edward has a movie opportunity in L.A. right about the time he's scheduled to do a particularly risky package pickup in Canada, and he gets Robert to do it for him by letting him bring the mistress along. Plays out like a pretty good auteur type of film of the period if you're down with the laid-back 70s pacing.
THE STEPMOTHER This one looks & feels like an extended episode of Barnaby Jones or Police Woman. The only thing remotely 'cult classic'-ish about it is 1) there's a scene where the elite group of friends are dancing during the daytime at the beach house to flute music...and one of the dudes is revealed to actually be playing a flute, and 2) a scene where the cops bring in 'Sanchez' or 'Lopez' or whoever and the guy lays out a very 70s racist caricature of the hot-blooded Latino. Otherwise you'll swear you're watching TV at 12:30 at night in 1972.
TRIP WITH THE TEACHER No relation to The Teacher. This one is pretty dark. Two creepy bikers trap 4 or 5 teenage girls and their teacher in an abandoned shack and proceed to torment and rape them while they cry. If you like relentlessly hopeless situations like in Cape Fear, then have at it, but this is not for me.
PICK UP Why this one is presented first I can't imagine - it is easily the most boring one in the bunch. Two lovely young women catch a ride with a 70s dude who is driving a motor home through Florida. Ultimately it becomes soft porn in a swamp, with some psychedelic scenes of ambiguous mysticism, interspersed with hostile phone calls from the fat sweaty man expecting the motor home to be delivered to its destination in a timely fashion. Oh, and some flashbacks about being molested in a church. Don't expect a happy ending, or a payoff for all the shots of sunsets, roadside landscapes, blah blah blah."
Fantastic Collection of Crown International 1970's Sexploita
Cinemaguy | Hollywood, CA | 05/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the price being so low and having seen awful transfers of some of these titles before, I ordered this set with a degree of trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only have most of these films been remastered into better versions, but the aspect ratio is actually 16x9 on widescreen monitors. If you watch these on a 4x3 television, the image will be squeezed. All 8 titles are in widescreen and anamorphically enhanced.
The films are a mixed bag; I was never a fan of "Malibu High", even when I saw it at a drive-in when it was released, but "The Teacher" is a great film with a classic ending. Much has been written about "Trip With The Teacher" on other sites due to Zalman King's appearance, but little has been said about Howard (Hikmet) Avedis' excellent "The Stepmother." Avedis was one of the best and most consistent directors for Crown in the 70's, and it's good to have both "The Teacher" and The Stepmother" here for people to rediscover.
"The Sister-In-Law" features a good performance by John Savage that hints at his breakthrough with "The Deer Hunter" a few years later, and "The Pick-Up" embodies most of what classic sexploitation had (sex, violence, nudity, moral ambiguity).
Two of the gems in this collection have not been available previously in a decent video format: "Cindy and Donna" is in surprisingly good condition considering the age of the material (1970) and the fact that it got quite a limited release. And for all you Susanne Benton fans out there, it's good to finally have "Best Friends" to watch. It's a bit more serious than some of the other offerings, but still delivers the goods. Now if we could only have "That Cold Day In The Park"...
The Crown International films were drive-in staples, and I'm glad to see this collection doing them justice. My favorite Crown picture of them all is "The Pom Pom Girls" which is on the SCHOOL DAZED COLLECTION. There are no chapter listings for the films, but they do have (random) chapter stops. There are no trailers or any extras for the films either. But c'mon, "The Teacher" in 16x9 anamorphic for $4.99 with 7 other titles? You just gotta get it!"