Motor Psycho/Good Morning ...and Goodbye (1965/1967)
By: J.R. McNamara on July 7, 2011  | 
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Arrow Films (UK) | All Regions, PAL | 4:3 | English DD 2.0 | 151 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Russ Meyer
Starring:Alex Rocco, Haji, Stephen Oliver, Thomas Scott, Arshalouis Aivazian; Stuart Lancaster, Alaina Capri, Patrick Wright, Don Johnson
Screenplay: Russ Meyer; Jack Moran
Country: USA
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I think comparing Russ Meyer to Walt Disney is fair. Both men created an empire by making films aimed at a specific audience, but unfortunately ol' Russ never got to make himself a theme park based on his cinema. I am sure a Tura Satana roller coaster would have been an excuse to go to America alone!! I am sorry, but give me the Wonderful World of Russ Meyer over the Wonderful World of Disney any day! A world where political correctness means not being a dirty Commie, where 'Double D' is flat chested, the definition of a city is a petrol station, a strip club and a junkyard in the middle of the desert, fast cars are a sign of machismo and slapping a woman across the face after she has spat at you is classed as foreplay.

We can all only pray that one day the world returns to those old fashioned values.

In the meantime, we still have Meyer's films to remind us that Misogyny isn't an entrant is the Miss America pageant.

This particular disc has two of Meyer's masterpieces on show, and they are the rape/revenge flick Motor Psycho and Good Morning… and Goodbye, which is a tale that is hard to define in a sub-genre, though 'immorality play' might be the closest.

Motor Psycho tells of a three man motorcycle gang (well, I say motorcycle, but they are effectively of Postie's scooters) who are general miscreants and civil disturbers. Led by War veteran, and total nutjob Brahmin (Steve Oliver) the three set about picking on women wherever they can. They chance upon Gail Maddox (Holle K. Winters) whom they set about harassing, that is until her husband, horse vet Cory (Alex Rocco) turns up and pushes Brahmin to the ground. This gets Brahmin angry and they hang around until Cory leaves the house before setting themselves on Gail.

Cory arrives home from a job only to find that his wife has been beaten and raped, and takes it upon himself to track the gang down after the local Sherriff (E.E. Meyer aka Russ himself) discounts the assault and rape, claiming it's what women are made for and the she probably brought it upon herself. Oh yeah, you read that right.

So Cory sets out to track down the gang, and on the way picks up a sidekick in the form of Ruby Bonner (Haji) whose husband had been murdered by the gang, and she herself had been left for dead. The pair track the gang into some hills in the middle of a desert, and after an encounter with a snake, set about exacting their revenge...

This film is classic Meyer, and a blast to watch. It's melodramatic to a T (wait until you see the delivery of the line 'She was assaulted; criminally assaulted!' when Cory speaks of his wife's attack).The characters are all traditional Meyer's creations: the tough guy, the busty hard chick, the doddering, emasculated ol' fart… you know the ones… and his usual not so subtle indicators are there too, from Ruby being forced to suck out snake venom (Cory's cries of 'Suck it…SUCK IT!' are hilarious) to when Cory finally gets an opportunity to exact his revenge the dynamite he uses is particularly phallic in its display. This really has all of Meyer's favorite stuff in it: groovy music, hot babes and macho men… you know, everything, including the 'kitsching' sink.

The next feature is Good Morning… and Goodbye! Which I admit I didn't really enjoy at all except for the typically sexy and lumpy women Meyer has used to play the female roles. I admit, that it starts perfectly, with Cara Peters running inexplicably naked through the woods in slow motion as a Greek chorus tells what sort of tale we are about to endure - I mean enjoy, and introduces the main characters…

… and then the enjoyment dries up.

This film tells of Burt (Stuart Lancaster) whose wife Angel (Alaina Capri) is dissatisfied with their sexlife, and so goes looking for schlong pretty much well anywhere she can find it, but repeatedly with local tough guy Stone (Patrick Wright). Unfortunately, Stone roots everything he can get his knob into, and starts looking at Burt's daughter, Angel's step daughter, Lana (Karen Ciral), who is starting to get sick of her boyfriend, the effeminate Ray (Don Johnson. No, not that Don Johnson) constantly checking out her step mother… are you following so far?

OK: While out  on his property one day, Burt comes (almost literally) across a witch, played by Haji, who, by using her spells and potions, allows Burt to reclaim his virility, and the control of his now wayward daughter, and his wife.

Awwww. What a nice ending!

This story is terrible, and isn't made any better by the lack of boobage, which would have been the only saving grace. Sure Motor Psycho doesn't have any nudity in it, but the story is enough to maintain interest. We do get to see some ladies bottoms in this one, but nothing else, and the story just isn't engaging enough (and honestly the bottoms aren't that great; far too much cellulite on celluloid here). The whole film is just people constantly insulting each other, but not in a Don Rickles kind way and it becomes boring quickly. There are themes explored in this film that Meyer did soooo much better in other films. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens immediately springs to mind.

As far as watching this disc as a whole is concerned, this is a nice pair of Haji flicks, but really its worth it only for Motor Psycho.
Video
Of course, the gals onscreen are the best visuals on this disc, but that's not to say the image is completely bad. The films are presented in fullscreen (4:3), with Motor Psycho in black and white and Good Morning… and Goodbye! In color. Both transfers are fairly clear, with the occasional film artifact like cigarette burns present. I have to say though, these minor issues add to the film, and I am not sure I would want them cleaned up.
Audio
Only in stereo, and while it is occasionally uneven, it still is a competent audio presentation.
Extra Features
Only trailers, but they are trailers for Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Blacksnake!, Mudhoney, Vixen, Wild Gals of the Naked West, Supervixens, Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens, Cherry, Harry and Raquel and Common Law Cabin.
The Verdict
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Overall Score
This is a quite uneven representation of Meyer's films in my book. Motor Psycho is a cool, if not slightly innocent example of a rape/revenge flick, whereas Good Morning. and Goodbye! is a morality play with no morals. That may be the point, but it feels like a single idea, of witchcraft helping a man regain his virility and control of his life, fleshed out for far too long. Still, the dialogue and the women are classic Meyer, and that in itself makes for a fun double feature.

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