British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Boaz Davidson's The Last American Virgin (1982), starring Lawrence Monoson, Diane Franklin, and Steve Antin. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on September 23rd.
Gary, Rick and David are American teens with one thing on their mind. They move from party to party, trying out their latest chat-up lines, which usually ends in miserable failure for Gary, as he's more interested in finding true romance than a quick fumble in someone's parents' bedroom. So when Karen arrives at their school, Gary falls head over heels in love, but Rick's baser intentions towards her threaten to break up their friendship for good.
Championed by Eli Roth (Hostel) as one of the most underrated films of its era, The Last American Virgin is a raucous but also surprisingly intelligent and sobering look at the hideousness of growing up, peer pressures, misplaced expectations and unforeseen consequences.
It's also a superb snapshot of the early Eighties music scene, with the soundtrack featuring Blondie, Devo, The Human League, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Police, U2 and many others.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film, available in the UK for the first time!
Original uncompressed PCM Stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Optional Isolated Music & Effects track
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
"The First American Remake" - Brand new interview with director Boaz Davidson
"Memories of a Pizza Boy" - Brand new interviews with stars Lawrence Monoson
"Babe of the Eighties" – A new interview with star Diane Franklin
"In Praise of Smaller Movies" – An interview with cinematographer Adam Greenberg
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and publisher Robin Bougie and an interview with The Last American Virgin super fan Eli Roth conducted by Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
It's been at least 20 years since I have laid eyes on this one, but, is this the one that climaxes (every pun intended) with the main guy losing it to the tune of Journey's "Open Arms"? I ask only because between this and the sex scene in "Heavy Metal", my friends and I wondered why this was the de facto song for f**king from the 80's.
I've never seen this film, but after all the positive comments I've been reading here, and on other websites, I'm going to give this a go. It can't be worse then some of the crass teen flicks of today. Plus the soundtrack looks pretty good.
I enjoyed this back when it was new on cable, but now I realize I also saw 2 other guilty pleasures with the same theme back then, Losin' It, and The Big Bet. It'll be great to revisit this and refresh my memory of what movie was what. Pretty sure this was the "best" movie of the 3, at least from the conventional point of view, that is from people who focus on plot & acting. But I trust Eli Roth.
If the ice cream cover is the new art, this is one of the few Arrow covers that totally beats the original art. Their artists have been getting better for sure. Briliant cover.
The "15" rating has me worried, hope this has plenty of 80s nudity. Or the Brits might be more relaxed about boobies (which they should be). Thinking Benny Hill (uncut) and Monty Python, yeah they were more relaxed back then for sure.