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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Punk Vacation (1987) (Vinegar Syndrome)

Punk Vacation from Stanley Lewis came out in 1987 which is several years too early for me to appreciate it if I would have even been able to locate it. Little did I know that I too would go through some sort of strange culture struggle not ten years later in an epic battle of local rednecks vs. the town punkers. Okay, so there was no battle but we had to fight to find places to smoke our cigarettes, eat fast food and make out... lots. That's a battle right? Maybe against the local storeowners who were tired of finding us out back of their private stores, trying to figure out how to roll a joint. Does this or some reasonable version of this ring a bell? Substitute your own favorite illicit substance. Insert your own strange sex fetish. Insert VINEGAR SYNDROME

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:

A peaceful California town is shaken after the brutal murder of a diner owner by a gang of vicious punks. When the daughter of the slain man attempts to avenger her father's death, she's held hostage by the gang resulting in an epic battle between punks and rednecks.


Punk Vacation has all the Vinegar Syndrome hallmarks. Instead of scenes or tracks, the bookmarked points on the disc are called reels (not chapters)... REELS. While the prints are crystal clear and the audio is fantastic, you can still see scratches and dust... the things that make you know that this came from film. Film shake... it's all there for you to enjoy. You're supposed to feel like you'r watching a film in your home on your TV without the hassle of changing reels, burning the movie or lugging it around.

The film itself is a piece of the 80's teens vs. the world cycle that you might associate with Class of 1984, The Warriors, Bronx Warriors or Switchblade Sisters. The punks are REAL punks... let me rephrase that. The punks dress really cool, have great hair and probably smell more like hair dye and aquanet than crusties. The music is synth amazing. Truly iconic late 80's shit. I doubt you can dig up a score for this but I kept thinking about holding my PlaySchool cassette dec up to the TV to see if I could record it (memories). Don't expect a horror movie or even a rape revenge movie. This isn't one of those. It's actually quite a lot of fun unlike and not necessarily intentionally funny though it has it's moments.


Extras include an additional film, Nomad Riders (attack with a circular saw inside!) which should fit in with fans of Punk Vacation nicely. We're talking about a movie that is fairly low budget and revolves around a time where you could still be a bad ass and beat the police radio. The style points alone and hair styles will confirm that you probably need to take a trip to the hipster store.

Other extras include an interview with Producer/Actor, Stephen Fusci, Steven Rowland (Producers' Assistant and Stuntman) and a Movie Still Gallery.

Full specs from VS:

1987 / USA / 93 min / 1.85:1 / color

Features Include:
+ Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack | Region Free | 1.85:1 AR | MONO
+ Restored in 2K from a 35mm answer print
+ Video interview with Producer, Stephen Fusci (DVD)
+ Video interview with Stuntman, Steve Rowland (DVD)
+ Bonus feature: NOMAD RIDERS (DVD)

Make sure to stop by Vinegar Syndrome and see what they're all about. I'm a total fanboy for their releases. The double features are fantastic and their Blu-rays will make you quim. Pick it up from DiabolikDVD HERE.

-Dr. TERROR


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