| The AV Channel (Australia). Region 4, PAL. 4:3. English DD 1.0. 80 minutes
In 1976, Russ Meyer, the rural Fellini, made UP!, a comedy with a script co-written
by Reinhold Timme, a pseudonym of film critic
Roger Ebert, with whom he had worked with before
in 1970 on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,
and would work with again on his last cinema release Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens in 1979. The cast of Meyer's regulars are
present, with their giant-sized boobs, and some
equally ridiculous prop penis' as well. Up! has been released in Australia
as part of Madman's Director's Suite
collection (along with Vixen, SuperVixen, Faster Pussycat!
Kill! Kill! and Beneath the Valley
of the Ultravixens) and as a collection
make for a treasure for Meyer's aficionados,
fans of 70s cinema and those who enjoy the silliness
of pre 80s soft core pornography.
|Director: Russ Meyer
Starring: Edward Schaaf,
Robert McLane, Elaine Collins, Candy Samples,
Su Ling, Janet Wood, Linda Sue Ragsdale, Raven
De La Croix
Timme, B. Callum
Up! tells the tale of Adolph
Schwartz (Edward Shaaf), who looks a little like
another well known Adolf, who has been murdered
in his American castle. His death was caused by
a piranha dropped into his bath….but who
is the culprit? Was it The Ethopian Chef (Elaine
Collins), The Headsperson (Mary Gavin aka Candy
Samples), the lovely Limehouse (Su Ling), or could
it have possibly been Leonard Box (Larry Dean),
or maybe blow-in Margo Winchester (Raven De La
Croix), whose antics with the local men seem to
be taking all the attention away from his murder,
or could it have been one of the many other strange
characters who dwell in the town. Who knows, but
with the help of the pneumatic Greek Chorus (Kitten
Natividad), we will find the answer...
If you enjoy Meyer's films because of the
sex, the kitschy music, the spectacular scenery,
or even the bodaciously buxom bimbos, then Up! is for you. As usual in Meyer's films, all
the action takes place in a country town, and
features all of Meyer's favourite hick characters
with their skewed morals, and some of the most
fantastical unbelievable dialogue in the history
of cinema. Really, if you are hiring Up! for amusing social commentary, you won't
be disappointed, subtle at times and in your face
at others. If you are hiring Up! for naked chicks kung fu fighting at twilight
in a stream, you won't be dissatisfied and
the gorehound won't be too unhappy with
this one either, there is a chainsaw murder and
a couple of axings as well. Really, if you enjoy
exploitation films, you won't feel down,
you'll feel Up!
|This transfer is full screen, and is a bright
image, with only the occasional artifact, except
when stock footage is used (specifically Schwartz's
Germanic castle) when the quality drops considerably.
|This feature is presented in mono only.
|There are two decent extras on this disc. The
first is Pussy Galore Night: Interview with Kitten
Natividad (12 minutes 10 seconds) and No Fairy Tale…This!:
Interview with Raven De La Croix (18 minutes and
4 seconds). Both interviews are interesting looks
into Russ Meyer's world, both cinematically
and personally. As usual these productions have
some wonderful tales that are associated with them,
and both these women have some interesting stories
to tell, although those who have watched more than
one of Meyer's Madman releases will see some
of Kitten Natividad's stories are familiar.
De La Croix's stories of the filming of this
movie are particularly interesting.
|Convoluted, confusing to the point it needs a
narrator to keep you up to speed, but with lots
of nudity done by lots of well-endowed women to
make up for it. This is not one of Meyer's
high points, like Faster Pussycat Kill!
Kill! or Supervixen!,
but there is no doubt Meyer's ability for
inspired camerawork and amazing exterior footage
is god-like. As much as I enjoyed Up!,
I don't find it to be essential Meyer viewing,
but it is still worth a look.