Review: Score DVD

STUDIO: Cult Epics | DIRECTOR: Radley Metzger | CAST: Clair Wilbur, Calvin Culver, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Carl Parker
RELEASE DATE: 10/12/10 | PRICE: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
BONUSES: commentary, featurette, new interview with actress Lynn Lowry, more
SPECS: NR | 92 min. | Adult drama | 1.85:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital mono

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

If there was ever a time capsule-worthy 1970s erotic film that has been sliced, splintered and censored in the 30-plus years since it was made, it’s Radley Metzger’s Score, the 1974 adult comedy/drama that’s the very definition of that era’s whimsical “porno chic” movement.

The big news is that Score, which concerns a happily married “swinging” couple (Claire Wilbur and Gerald Grant) who make seductive moves on a pair of young newlyweds (Lynn Lowry and Calvin Culver), has finally arrived on DVD and Blu-ray in an uncensored version.

The source material for this edition is a version of the movie that reportedly played in only a few theaters during its original theatrical run, a cut of the film that never saw the light of day over the subsequent three decades of chopped-up VHS and DVD incarnations.

The uncensored Score offers nearly seven additional minutes of undeniably adult content — graphic oral sex between two men, enthusiastic lesbian groping and lots of humping — that definitely elevates it to a hardcore classification, though it’s nothing compared to what was soon to follow. The inclusion of these scenes results in the film playing with a fluid rhythm that we didn’t even know was there following years of chopped-up versions.

Not that the now-complete film is suddenly a great one. Score still scores highest as a colorful artifact of its time, featuring then-radical depictions of bi-sexuality and alternative lifestyles along with its colorful production design, lively story and spirited dialog (“People loved…and loved some more…”).

The generous supplemental package on the DVD includes a commentary by Metzger, on-set production footage and a new 20-minute interview with co-star Lowry, who talks enthusiastically about everything from her career as a rising actress in the Seventies to  and her shock upon seeing Score for the first time (and her subsequent, lighter opinion all these years later).

The “original” version of Score — meaning the softer-cut version of the film that was predominantly exhibited during its first theatrical run — was released on DVD and Blu-ray from Cult Epics on Oct. 26, 2010.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.