SRP $14.95 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY 2.0 SURROUND MGM

With a name like “THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN”, and the title belonging to a low-budget film made in the ‘80s, one would expect a really mediocre film at best.  However, viewers will be surprised at how entertaining it actually is!  Sure, it goes off in many directions, never really certain whether it aspires to be a comedy or drama, and it has some major flaws, but it still entertains, and together with its great soundtrack, is certain to give viewers a real nostalgic sense of what the ‘80s were like.  The film centers around the escapades of three horny youths, Gary, the “virgin”, Rick, the “stud”, and David, the token “fat” guy.  Almost every low-budget comedy of the ‘80s had a token fat guy!  The majority of the film is devoted to various scenes around these guys trying to fulfill their horny aspirations. The only real “conflict” involves Gary falling in love with a girl, Karen, whom happens to fall for his friend, Rick, instead. 

Boaz Davidson, who later on gave us the film ‘80s film, “SALSA”, directs with an apt style, and “THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN” is far more entertaining than most of the other teen films released at the same time.

MGM has released “THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN” with its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and enhanced for 16:9. It appears to have been cleaned up quite a bit, and offers an image totally absent of the grain so frequent on VHS.  The colors are solid and detail is surprisingly sharp.  Contrast is fine, although darker scenes are still a bit lacking in definition in comparison to most standard MGM releases. Fleshtones appear natural.

MGM has also presented a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround mix. While we can’t hide disappointment that it wasn’t remixed for 5.1, we’re pleased that the original, terrific soundtrack is intact!  Original songs from The Police, and other great ‘80s bands, are prominent throughout the film, and make it even more enjoyable.  

Surrounds are generally restrained, however the score is well complimented, and with decent, if imperfect fidelity.  There is some minor separation focused towards the front.  Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.