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PORKY’S ($30) definitely isn’t a film that comes to mind when one thinks of great cinema, however it is a classic in its own right. This ode to bad taste remains just as hilarious as it was when it was released. The scene with the girl’s gym teacher asking the high school principal to hold a lineup of male students, so that she can identify him by a certain part of his anatomy, has me rolling on the floor every time I see it. Kudos to Nancy Parsons for helping to create this classic comedy moment.

Set in Florida during the 1950’s, PORKY’S follows a group of students from the Angel Beach High School as they go in search of sex. Yes, sex. Believe me when I say PORKY’S doesn’t depict the 1950’s as the nave HAPPY DAYS shown on television, instead writer/director Bob Clark takes us to the decade of horny days. The PORKY’S of the film’s title is an adult entertainment establishment located way off the beaten path. When the amorous group of high school boys go to Porky’s looking for a little action, all they find is a big mess of trouble, happily supplied by Porky- the club’s red-necked owner. Not wanting to let Porky get the best of them, the boys serve this prized pig a great big trough of revenge. The cast of PORKY’S includes Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson, Cyril O'Reilly, Tony Ganios, Kaki Hunter, Kim Cattrall, Nancy Parsons, Scott Colomby, Boyd Gaines, Doug McGrath, Susan Clark, Art Hindle, Wayne Maunder, Alex Karras, Chuck Mitchell, Eric Christmas and Bill Hindman.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made PORKY’S available on DVD in the Letterboxed format, however the presentation lacks the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 wide screen televisions. The Letterboxed transfer is surprisingly good, providing a nicely detailed image with respectable sharpness. Colors also reproduce with better than expected fidelity. Saturation is pretty good and the DVD is lacking in chroma noise. Still, the presentation has some marginal flaws due to the original cinematography and production history. Film grain is noticeable in a number of places and the film element has an occasion marking. Still, overall this presentation far exceeds my expectations for a low budget, teen sex farce. Digital compression artifacts were never really noticeable on this DVD.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack isn’t what one would consider high fidelity, but it gets the job done. Hey, you can hear all the jokes, and there isn’t any major distortion on the track, so it works for me. French and Spanish soundtracks are also encoded onto the DVD, along with English subtitles.

The interactive menus are as simplistic as they come and offer access to a theatrical trailer, plus the standard scene and language selection features.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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