08/01/2015  
1931 The Front Page on Blu-ray & DVD Aug 11Madama Bovary on DVD & Blu-ray Aug 4Rookie Blue: Season Five, Volume One on DVD Aug 18The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein on Blu-ray & DVD Jul 28The Blacklist: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray & DVD Aug. 18What We Do in the Shadows on Blu-ray & DVD Jul 21Goodbye to All That on DVD Jul 14

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

1931 The Front Page on Blu-ray & DVD Aug 11...
Betty White Heartbroken Over Cecil the Lion's Killing a...
Italy town petitions for Foo Fighters concert with band...
EXCLUSIVE: Valerie Harper Rushed to Hospital, 'It Doesn...
'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation' is breakneck, bre...
Ted Cruz backs out of scheduled 'Daily Show' appearance...
'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take No. 1 spot at bo...
Jake Gyllenhaal's Evolution of Hotness, From Bubble Boy...
Judd Apatow: Bill Cosby "One of the Most Awful People t...
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Split 10 Years After ...



Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

William Winckler Productions presents
The Double-D Avenger (2001)

Chastity: Unfortunately I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow.
Bubba: Doctor's appointment?
Chastity: Routine check-up and mammogram.
Bubba: I didn't realize they made X-ray equipment that big!

- Kitten Natividad, Gary Canavello

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: October 23, 2002

Stars: Kitten Natividad, Haji
Other Stars: Raven De La Croix, Forrest J. Ackerman, William Winckler, Mimma Mariucci, Sheri Dawn Thomas, G. Larry Butler, Gary Canavello, Lunden De'Leon, Andrea Ana Persun
Director: William Winckler

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (sexual humor)
Run Time: 01h:13m:37s
Release Date: September 15, 2001
UPC: 803371042224
Genre: cult


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C+ CB-B- B-

DVD Review

The tacky mid-1960s films of Russ Meyer (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Vixens, SuperVixens) were flimsy excuses for him to parade a bunch of large-breasted actresses around, and these films have become campy, cult classics. William Winckler, who was just out of diapers when Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! was released in 1965, apparently grew up with a major case of Meyer idol worship, and in 2001 he finally got a chance to get it out of his system. Winckler's straight-to-video release, The Double-D Avenger, is pure Russ Meyer revisited, right down to casting three of the genre's former biggest names: Kitten Natividad, Haji, and Raven De La Croix.

The cartoonishly busted Natividad, far too old here to be bedecked in the frightening Shirley Temple fright wig she wears, stars as Chastity Knott, the owner of a small pub in Driftwood Valley. A breast cancer scare (always a good source of comedy—NOT) sends her to South America, in search of the mysterious healing properties of the Crockazilla plant, which resembles a certain male organ. You can probably envision the oral sex humor already, I'm sure, and if not, then you should. The Crockazilla plant gives Chastity super-human strength, and she soon becomes the title character to do battle with evil strip club owner Al Purplewood (G. Larry Butler) and his trio of stripper henchwomen. Meyer vet Haji is bad girl leader Hydra Heffer, along with Mimma Mariucci as Pirate Juggs and Sheri Dawn Thomas as Oogga Boobies. Subtlety in character naming is just not an option here, folks.

Over the course of 70 minutes there are more boob puns and double-entendres than I think I have ever heard in my life, and they're all delivered with a harmless, corny, vaudeville attitude not that far removed from what Benny Hill used to do. There is plenty of leering shots of scantily clad, large-breasted women, but remarkably the only nudity in the film comes during one character's dream sequence, which features a montage of 1960s-era Kitten Natividad nude photos (also included as part of the disc's extras).

This is dumb, juvenile B-movie fluff, but fans of Meyer's big boob style of camp will love it just for the chance to see Natividad, Haji and De La Croix again. Haji still looks incredible, and when she appears in a scene with Famous Monsters of Filmland king Forrest J. Ackerman, it must have been like some kind of nirvana for a B-movie nut like Winckler. I know it was for me.

Rating for Style: C+
Rating for Substance: C

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Rationo
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: The Double-D Avenger is presented in a clean 1.33:1 full-frame transfer. Colors are bright, though almost a little too red, but fleshtones look natural and realistic. For a low-budget quickie, the print looks quite good, without any visible defects.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
PCMEnglishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The audio consists of a satisfactory English PCM track, one that is without any major flaws, and presents the cornball dialogue clearly. The track is distortion-free, and is more than adequate for the material.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
1 Original Trailer(s)
1 Feature/Episode commentary by William Winckler, Kitten Natividad, Raoul Germain Jr.
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Photo Gallery
Extras Review: The scene-specific audio commentary from writer/director William Winckler, star Kitten Natividad and cinematographer Raoul Germain Jr. is moderately more entertaining than the film itself, and Winckler expounds on his obvious adoration of all things Russ Meyer-related, to say nothing of his total B-movie worship. This is a lighthearted track, full of some self-deprecating comments, though Winckler seems genuinely pleased with all of his smirking boob humor.

The automated Photo Gallery section is divided into three sections: Behind the Scenes (05m:17s), Cast (02m:21s), and Classic Kitten (01m:52s). The first two groups are the usual smattering of production stills, while the Classic Kitten is a brief collection of nude shots from Kitten Natividad's prime.

A cheesy theatrical trailer is the only other extra, and oddly enough the disc is not chaptered at all.

Extras Grade: B-

 

Final Comments

I'll refrain from the predictable gag of giving The Double-D Avenger a D rating strictly for lame comedic purposes. This is low-brow, burlesque humor, loaded with a mind-numbing array of boob jokes and puns, and William Winckler is without a doubt a huge fan of not only B-movies, but of big bust king Russ Meyer. The jokes, acting and overall pacing is like an extended Benny Hill sketch, which under the right circumstances isn't always a bad thing.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

comedy, classic, music, foo fighters, learn to fly, fabio zaffagnini, celebrity, betty white, walt palmer, cecil the lion, mia farrow, jimmy kimmel, valerie harper, nice work if you can get it, ogunquit playhouse, mary tyler moore show, movie, mission: impossible -- rogue nation, tom cruise, simon pegg, ving rhames, jeremy remmer, alec baldwin, television, late night, jon stewart, ted cruz, david mccullough, ant-man, disney, marvel, pixels, adam sandler, jurassic, inside out, minions, trainwreck, southpaw, jake gyllenhaal, october sky, donnie darko, bubbly boy, brokeback mountain, prisoners, jeff apatow, cnn, new day, bill cosby, blake shelton miranda lambert, you are the reason god make oklahoma, gunpowder and lead, drama, payton reed, paul rudd, michael douglas, corey stoll, evangeline lily, horror, tom selleck, calleguas municipal water district, movies, star wars, harrison ford, dead pool, ryan reynolds, muppets, batman v superman, ben affleck, westworld, hbo, j.j. abrams, the gallows, cassidy gifford, kathie lee gifford, frank gifford, amy schumer, judd apatow, bill hader, inside amy schumer, ariana grande, dough-nut licking video, wolfee donuts, netflix, wet hot american summer: first day of camp, michael showalter, david wain, elizabeth banks, michael ian black, bradley cooper, judah friedlander, janeane garofalo, joe lo truglio, ken marino, christopher meloni, marguerite moreau, zak orth, amy poehler, david hyde pierce, molly shannon, sci-fy, star trek, justin lin, star trek beyond, zoe soldana, chris pine, donald trump, republican presidential candidate, nbc, televisa, ora tv, lupita jones, carlos slim, larry king, sex-assault lawsuit, associated press, george m. gowen iii, disneyland, disney california adventure, selfie sticks banned, california screaming, coachella, lollapalooza, jimmy fallon, tonight show, hand injury, x files, david duchovny, gillian anderson, fox, january 24, 2016, apple music, allen kovac, motley crue, taylor swift, elvis costello, calvin harris

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store