Plot: What’s it about?
One of the top pin up queens of the 1950s, Bettie Page has become an immortal sex symbol and remains a cult figure, even five decades later. She might have been beautiful and had a dynamic body, but she was not the typical centerfold by any means, not even close. Page wasn’t as inhibited as most other pin up girls and while they stopped at bikinis, she pushed forward into cutting edge stuff, including nude shoots. She also did some bondage shoots and some of her spanking photos have become timeless, making her mark on onlookers to this era, even. Her stunning good looks, trademark hairstyle, curvaceous figure, and daring, charismatic persona have made her one of the all time greatest beauties, hands down. A lot of her shorts have been hard to come by, but thanks to her surges in popularity and the mainstream success of DVD, we’re seeing more of her work made available, including two released from Cult Epics.
In this release from Cult Epics titled Betty Page: Pin Up Girl, we find a collection of Page’s short films, as well as her portions from feature length burlesque pictures. You’ll see Page’s performances from the excellent features Teaserama and Varietease, as well as some of Page’s work from Striporama, a rather rare film that offers similar content. Although the first two films listed can be purchased as solo titles, I think it is nice having all of Page’s content together like this, especially if she’s the sole element from those movies you’re interested in. But those aren’t the only shorts found on Pin Up Queen, as you can also view a selection of exotic dance numbers and even some never before released material, which should please fans to no end. In the end, this is a superb collection of Page shorts and if you like this one, make sure to check out Betty Page: Bondage Queen, also available from Cult Epics. It’s nice to see more Page related DVDs issued and perhaps we can hope for more pin up girl titles to hit the shelves soon.
Video: How does it look?
The shorts are presented in full frame transfers, as intended. I had low expectations for these shorts, but I was pleased to find solid looking transfers, especially given the age & nature of the material involved. Yes, the images are often soft and the prints show some wear, but let’s be serious, you can’t expect pristine source prints in this case. As far as the material is concerned, the images are more than up to speed and that’s what counts. I’d seen a couple of these shorts in other releases and these look as good, if not better and as such, I see no reason to complain much. Chances are that if you’re interested in this, you’ll know about what to expect and all things considered, these shorts look quite good here.
Audio: How does it sound?
Not much to discuss here, as the included track is unmemorable and if you ask me, that’s how it should be in this case. The music is clean and not distorted, while any narration is also well represented and easy to understand. In short, I expected some wear signs and there are some here, but nothing serious in the least. This is a basic, but quite adequate audio effort and it might not be grand, but it is good enough, without a doubt.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc houses a biography of Page, some notes from Page herself, a list of the top 100 glamour girls of all time, and some ads for other related products.