Avenger is one of those movies that you can't believe you're
actually watching. The acting is horrendous. The script is
trashy, stupid, and flat out horrible. The film, overall, is just
absolutely abysmal. It's a train wreck. Therein, however, lies
the problem. The Double-D Avenger is a train wreck that
you can't take your eyes off. It's horrifyingly bad and
disturbing to look at, yet you can't stop watching. So you keep
watching and you start to forget how bad it is. Then you start to
laugh a bit and see it as a campy take on an old Russ Meyer
standard. Suddenly you're three-quarters of the way through the
film and you're pointing out boom mics in mirrors and busting a
gut laughing at just how incredibly cheesy the film truly is.
When the final credits roll you sit back, take stock of what just
happened, and ask yourself, "What did I just watch? And how
in the hell did I get through it?" This, my loyal readers,
is what The Double-D Avenger does to you.
Back in 2001, William Winckler had the bright idea to make a sex
farce with all the old Russ Meyer buxom beauties. Hmm, seems like
a good idea. That is until you realize that Russ Meyer's buxom
beauties (namely Kitten Natividad, Haji, and Raven De La Croix)
are all way past their prime. To put it bluntly, they're old.
Really old. And not so attractive anymore with all their wrinkles
and flab and floppy double-d breasts. Bad idea, William Winckler.
Bad idea. Nevertheless, Winckler insisted that it wasn't such a
bad idea after all, went ahead, shot his movie - serving as
writer, director, and producer - and created one of the strangest
motion pictures in the history of cinema.
Why strange, you ask? Well, if you were judging by the title,
you'd expect a raucous rampage of bouncing bosoms. And while you
do get plenty of bouncing bosoms throughout the film, I wouldn't
exactly call it a rampage, and it's far from raucous. Though the
main stars are scantily clad for the entirety of the film,
there's nary a nipple to be seen. Even in a dream sequence when
the viewer is "treated" to several photos of Kitten
Natividad in her prime, the nipples are oddly blurred out.
Strange for an unrated picture that seems - at least from the
title - to be fully focused on providing "the goods" to
its male audience. Truth be told, I've seen more skin on Cinemax.
Let's not let
all that silly talk take anything away from the film. (We'll let
the film do that on its own.) What we have in The
Double-D Avenger is a film that, as Joe Bob Briggs says in
his commentary, "could have been the greatest titty film of
all time." Somewhere along the line, Winckler went wrong.
Maybe it was the static acting. Or the ugly full-frame digital
video image. Or the decision to place himself in the film with a
cameo for absolutely no reason at all. Or the laughably funny
special effects… I could go on for days, but that won't get
us anywhere. Let's focus on what is good about the movie.
Hmm… Well… […crickets chirping…] Umm…
There isn't a whole lot I can think of right now. I'll have to
get back to you, but I will say this: If you like the old Russ
Meyer films (or even Benny Hill), there's a pretty good chance
you'll find something interesting in The Double-D Avenger.
There are boob jokes a-plenty and you might even like it just for
nostalgia's sake. If so, you're a better man than me.
So the film is horrendously bad. Why would you want to pick up
this disc, or even finish reading this review? The answer is
simple: Joe Bob Briggs. This Double-D-with-a-V-in-between is the
next in Elite Entertainment's Joe Bob Briggs Presents…
line of releases, in which the famous drive-in critic elaborates
on what's great, and what's not so great, about the chosen
B-movie fare. Following the release of his wonderful DVD
commentary for I Spit on Your Grave: Millennium Edition,
Elite Entertainment decided to sign Joe Bob to provide content
for select B-movie DVDs. The first in his own line of DVD
releases was Joe Bob Briggs Presents: Jesse James Meets
Frankenstein's Daughter. Now, we finally see the release of Joe
Bob Briggs Presents: The Double-D Avenger.
Avenger is presented in a 1.33:1 full frame format and, as
the theatrical trailer says, was "shot in Digital Booby
Vision," which basically just means they shot the movie on
cheap digital video. Needless to say, Elite Entertainment didn't
have a lot to work with when they transferred the film to DVD. It
was shot on digital video and this transfer looks, well…like
video. In fact, it looks a little bit like low budget, home
video, amateur porn. Not that I would know, or
anything…moving on. The image is mostly clean - obviously
there is no inherent grain, dirt, or debris - but there is a very
flat look to everything, as would be expected from a video
source. Shadows and detail are lacking, and there isn't much
depth at all. Colors are a bit soft and there is some slight
fuzziness to the image at times, which might simply be a result
of poor focus in the video itself. The transfer, however, shows
no signs of compression artifacts, pixelation, shimmering, or
even a noticeable layer change. For what it's worth, Elite has
done the best they could with the provided product. The image may
not be all that great to look at, but the transfer provided on
this disc is probably the best the film will ever look.
The audio on this disc is presented in a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
format and suffers from the same problem as the video transfer:
the source material provided is not all that good. I tend to give
a bit less leeway in terms of audio (compared to video, that is),
however, because it is something that could have been re-mastered
if Elite Entertainment really wanted to do it. (Why The
Double-D Avenger would need a Dolby Digital 5.1 track,
however, is beyond me.) Nevertheless, the track itself is
ambitious, even if a bit misguided. It sounds like a low-budget
DV production, as well, and comes out a bit flat all around.
usually clear and audible, but the level does drop a bit from
time to time. The score is clean and crisp as well, but a bit
overpowering at times. The biggest problem, however, is the sound
effects. Sure, they're funny and campy the first few times, but
after a while they just get downright annoying. This wouldn't be
such a problem if they weren't recorded so loudly. Compared to
the rest of the audio track, the sound effects are about ten
times louder and overpower everything else. The track also
includes some audio level fluctuation and plenty of hiss and buzz
to be heard throughout. Again, Elite didn't have much to work
with, and has simply done the best they could with this track.
The good news is that, when piped through Dolby Pro Logic II
decoding, the track does get a little be fuller and more
enjoyable. The sound effects (though still overwhelmingly loud)
even come through in the surrounds from time to time. Take it for
what it is, though. You won't be showing off your surround system
with this audio presentation, but it gets the job done.
Elite Entertainment has stepped up to provide a nice array of
extra material for this DVD release. This is actually the second
DVD release of The Double-D Avenger (the first is not
an Elite Entertainment DVD) and although it does not include the
William Winckler/Kitten Natividad audio commentary from the first
release, it does have a good mix of special features to keep you
titillated (absolutely, pun intended) for hours.
attraction of this disc, and the cornerstone of the extra
material, is the Joe Bob Briggs audio commentary.
On this, his third commentary track for Elite Entertainment, Joe
Bob really seems to be settling in. While not quite as serious as
his previous tracks have been, it's clear that he's having fun
with these commentaries. He certainly pokes more fun at The
Double-D Avenger than the previous films he's recorded
tracks for, but this movie is also worse than those other films.
It's definitely an easy film to poke fun at. Anyone can make fun
of a bad movie, though, and what sets a Joe Bob Briggs commentary
apart from all the others out there is that he's so much more
than just a funny man. He's incredibly smart and knowledgeable
about films of all kinds. He also happens to know the most
obscure and inane facts about practically everyone involved with
the film. Along with his jokes, he also provides a lot of
biographical information about the people behind The Double-D
Avenger and a great deal of insight into the film itself.
Not to mention the fact that he runs off about 500 different
hilarious slang terms for breasts in his commentary. Always funny
and always intelligent, a Joe Bob Briggs commentary is never one
to be missed, and this track is certainly no exception.
Also included on this DVD is a behind-the-scenes feature
titled "The Making of The Double-D Avenger."
Presented in 1.33:1 full frame format and Dolby Digital 2.0, I
was surprised to see that this featurette runs a very
long 75 minutes. Yes, if you were wondering, that's just as long
as the film itself. There is a plethora of behind-the-scenes
material in this feature and there also are interviews with just
about everyone involved with the film. The problem is, however,
that the featurette is just too damn long. It starts off all well
and good with William Winckler himself doing push-ups in the full
Double-D Avenger costume - he did Kitten Natividad's stunts for
the film as well. We then see him behind a desk as he explains
how the film came into being. It's hard to tell, in these
interviews, whether the people speaking are actually being
serious or simply making fun of themselves. Winckler seems
completely serious when he talks about the virtues of The
Double-D Avenger, but G. Larry Butler seems to know exactly
how laughably bad the movie is and plays the interview for
comedy. It's scary to think that Winckler actually believes
everything he's saying, but I wouldn't put it past him.
Nevertheless, the inclusion of behind-the-scenes material,
rehearsal video, and interviews makes this featurette fun to
watch for a while, but it's not long before it gets tiring. A
well made behind-the-scenes documentary that just runs way
We also have a nice photo gallery of 22 still
images from the film and behind-the-scenes. They are easy to
navigate and look just fine. And rounding out the extra material
are two trailers for The Double-D Avenger.
The theatrical trailer is incredibly cheesy, while the cable spot
is simply an advertisement for the previous DVD release of the
film. Both are presented in full frame formats and Dolby Digital
2.0, and look and sound just fine.
While I could easily pontificate on the astounding virtues of The
Double-D Avenger for days on end, I don't think I could ever
do it as quickly, and as well, as Joe Bob Briggs himself does in
his Drive-In Totals on the back of the packaging:
Elite Entertainment's treatment of Joe Bob Briggs
Presents: The Double-D Avenger on DVD is surprisingly good.
They do the best they can with the digital video and sub-par
audio. There are problems, of course, but who out there is
looking for perfection from The Double-D Avenger? Where
they really come through, however, is in the extra material. The
Joe Bob Briggs commentary alone is enough to get me to buy this
disc, but we're also treated to Joe Bob's hilarious essay on the
back of the packaging. Not to mention the lengthy
behind-the-scenes featurette, the trailers, and the photo
gallery. Cleary, Elite has delivered in the special features
department, and their DVD release has turned a barely-watchable
movie into a fun experience. So, with all due respect to Mr. Joe
Bob Briggs, I present my Drive-In Totals for Joe Bob
Briggs Presents: The Double-D Avenger:
Two dead bodies. Fourteen breasts. (All in a photo
montage. Thank you, William.) Jungle dancing. Spoon-bending.
Near-fatal lap dancing. Machete attacking. Head-cracking. One
catfight. Mace-whacking. Two fistfights. Pistol-bending. One
German chicken dance. Evasive doo-doo ejection device.
Earthquake. Papier-mâché avalanche. Head-bashing. Garbonza
battery. Soundtrack music apparently recorded by the
orchestra in a Vegas showroom. Gratuitous Princess phone
destruction. Gratuitous lingerie dressing-room montage. Kung
Fu. Garbonza Fu. Lemonade Fu. Joe Bob says check it out.
One shoddy movie. One hilarious essay. One great commentary track
from Joe Bob Briggs. One unnecessarily long, but fun to watch
behind-the-scenes featurette. One surprisingly tame photo
gallery. Two equally cheesy trailers. Static menus with funny
sound clip transitions from Joe Bob. One happy customer.
Commentary Fu. Joe Bob Fu. DVD Fu. Scott says check it out.