Score (1973)
By: J.R. McNamara June 2, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Umbrella Entertainment (Australia). All Regions, PAL. 1.78:1 (Non-anamorphic). English DD 2.0. 84 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Radley Metzger
Starring: Clare Wilbur, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Calvin Culver, Carl Parker
Screenplay: Jerry Douglas
Country: USA
Porn pioneer Radley Metzger, who retired in 1984, had an interesting history in cinema. He was a film editor who also lent his talents to trailer editing, an art in itself, who did several Ingmar Bergman films. He got his start in the porn film business when he imported and showed a Swedish porno I, A Woman, which became incredibly popular throughout America. He then decided to become a filmmaker of such films himself, becoming e a forerunner of the 'porn chic' era, a time when porn was discussed as a serious art form and was shown at mainstream movie houses throughout the states. Metzger made several porn films, including The Lickerish Quartet, Camille 2000 and Score, before retiring. As a small point of interest, Metzger was the man that writer/ director P. T. Anderson based his character of Jack Horner, played by Burt Reynolds, in Boogie Nights on.

Score (aka The Score) tells the story of Elvira (Claire Wilber) and her husband Jack (Gerald Grant) who are sexual predators with a taste for…well, everything. While staying in Europe, they enjoy their swinging lifestyle, which is supplemented by Jack's income as a fashion photographer. After many orgies they decide to aim their sights on naïve young married couple Betsy (Lynn Lowry) and her uptight husband Eddie (Calvin Culver aka porn star Casey Donovan). They make a bet with each to get with this couple and proceed to hunt their prey. Through sexual experimentation, secrets are revealed that shock the young couple into a realization that maybe their marriage isn't quite what it should be.

Score is a film that is trying to tell us about sexual politics, sexual awakenings and the thrill of the hunt, and may have been thrilling and sexy in 1973 but unfortunately now comes across as incredibly kitsch. Elvira and Jack are performed like they are moustache twirling villains from the 1920s, and Betsy and Eddie, who are supposed to be naïve, come across as plain out dumb. The acting is well below any standard previously set, and almost every word… is…pronounced…individually. The sex scenes are cut like an MTV video AFTER the sound has been put in, so the soundtracks skips all over the place , which along with the plain out bad sound recording and ordinary image, makes this an effort to watch. I will give this film credit for one thing though, some of the dialogue is funny, almost subversively so, and you occasionally miss out on how clever the jokes are, due to the bad performances by the actors.

This film, along with The Lickerish Quartet and Camille 2000 can be purchased seperately or as part of Umbrella Entertainment's Sexadelic Collection.
Video
Not the greatest transfer ever. This film is washed out and has more artefacts than an Egyptian dig and a little bit of low level noise. The film looks like it was filmed with a lot of soft focus, but to be honest I couldn't tell if it were deliberate, or just that the quality wasn't holding up.
Audio
The 2.0 Dolby Stereo soundtrack sounds like it was recorded in an underwater gymnasium. Some times the actors are hollow sounding and at other times they sound too far away. The music is always clear, but the voice recording of the actors make this film even more of a chore to watch.
Extra Features
No much in the way of special features, just a trailer for this film (3 minutes 36 seconds) and trailers for Radley Metzger's Camille 2000 (2 minutes 12 seconds) and The Lickerish Quartet (2 minutes 17 seconds) and ]Wadd: The life and time of John C. Holmes (3 minutes 46 seconds.
The Verdict
I have three words to describe Score: bore, chore and snore. It may have been kinky 30 years ago, but now it is just plain out and out dull. Really only worth it for a starring role by I Drink your Blood and The Crazies actress, Lynn Lowry, otherwise, avoid.
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