The sound varies from feature to feature, some of them sound nice and clean, and others are quite tiny and flat. Overall though, the dialogue is clean and clear and it's not an issue following along with what's being said on screen.
OK, in addition to the two main features, Something Weird Video follows their grand tradition of packing their releases with more extra features than you can shake your tail feather at.
A veritable cornucopia of short films is included, starting off with one featuring the irreplaceable Lili St. Cyr, entitled A Bedroom Fantasy. The infamous Tempest Storm takes the spotlight in another short film, Night In Hollywood, also in color. Satan's Dance takes a peek at Lorraine Lane, who literally dances with the devil in this aptly named piece. Sally Rand performs a fan dance in Classic Fan Dance, and Evelyn West shakes what her momma gave her in my favorite of the shorts on the disc, The Hubba Hubba Girl. The aptly named Cat Tease features the mysterious woman known only as Cat Girl, while Spider Girl spins her web in Daughters Of Eve. Afro-Cuban Genii, Babaloo (nothing to do with Ricky Ricardo), Bananas 8 To The Bar, Bust-O-Rama (which is a great title!), The Cobra Girl, A Cocktail At Sloppy Joe's, and the Curvaceous Cuties Of Burlesque are more of the shorts found lurking within.
A different short entitled Tomb Itmay Concern features a comedian named Little Jack who runs into a foxy female mummy played by Inez Claire. The comedy is dated, sure, but as a time capsule this one is particularly interesting – it serves as a reminder of how intertwined the sex industry and the comedy industry were in those days.
If you thought that was all though, you're sadly mistaken - Dances That Thrill, Egyptian Whirl, Give This Little Girl A Great Big Hand, A Gypsy Frolic, A Swiss Fan Dance, Heels Over Head (which is as good as it sounds), I'll Sell My Shirt, Natoma, Mr. Frederick, Night Club Girls, Parade Of Girls, Sepia Sirens, Tip Top Tap, Tops In Burlesque with Beverly Dawn, Unclad Cuties, and the return of Cat Girl in Uncover Girls round out the flat shorts.
Flat shorts? Yep. Not to be confused with the four3-D shorts, for which you'll have to dawn the 3-D glasses again to properly enjoy. American Beauties (and they truly are), Bella Star, Love For Sale, and last but not least, Persian Slave Market all leap off the screen at you, begging for your attention. Rounding out the 3-D section of the extras is a trailer for The 3-D Glamour Show.
And speaking of trailers, SWV has compiled forty minutes of them for your enjoyment and tossed them into the grab bag as well!
Two massive photo galleries of burlesque art and photography round out the supplements and inside the keepcase is an eleven page interview with the one and only Lili St. Cyr, which is simply the icing on this massive and very tasty cake of a set. A pair of 3-D glass is also included.
Anyone interested in the simple sleaze of yesteryear needs this in their home video library. With literally over seven hours of cheesecake contained herein, burlesque aficionados have got a lot to love about this release. Highly recommended.
Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.