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Review: The Swinging Cheerleaders (Arrow Video)

The Swinging Cheerleaders
Starring: Colleen Camp, Rosanne Katon, Rainbeaux Smith, Cheryl Smith, John Quade

Directed: Jack Hill

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video



Jack Hill spent the seventies specializing in tough female characters. He made movies about girl gangs (Switchblade Sisters) and women in prison (The Big Doll House, The Big Bird Cage), turned Pam Grier a star with Coffy and Foxy Brown, and contributed to the Cheerleaders line of drive-in favorites with The Swinging Cheerleaders.

Kate, an undergraduate at Mesa University, goes undercover as a cheerleader for her college newspaper in order to expose female exploitation in contemporary society . But instead of oppression she finds love, friendship and a bigger fish to fry: corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals.

A favourite of Quentin Tarantino, who screened it at the very first Tarantino Film Fest, The Swinging Cheerleaders features a cast of cult favourites including Colleen Camp (Wayne s World, Game of Death), Rainbeaux Smith (Caged Heat, The Incredible Melting Man) and future Playmate of the Month Rosanne Katon.




Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is Pretty good with Clear dialogue but also a little thin.



Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good. Sharp at time but the film grain can get in the way of its sharpness and vivid coloring.


Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: June 1974 (USA)
Disc release Date: July 5, 2016 (USA)
  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Brand new interview with Jack Hill
  • Archive interview with cinematographer Alfred Taylor
  • Archive interview with Hill and Johnny Legend
  • Q&A with Hill, and actors Colleen Camp and Rosanne Katon recorded at the New Beverly Cinema in 2012
  • TV spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys


My Thoughts


The Swinging Cheerleaders is a Drama Sport’s comedy revolving around the football cheerleaders where a reporter as infatuated the squad to gain first hand experience on what go’s on and how women are degraded through Cheerleading for her expo in a college newspaper. But we have deeper roots with corruption and cheating going on. Yes its a Drama, sport, Comedy film but it runs Kind of like an Exploitation Film.

The story is slim but what we have are some scenes that can almost get porno like. One Football player sleeping around on his girlfriend who also is trying to get in with the new girl who no one knows that she is a Reporter. Comedy is for me almost non-existent here as the bits are pretty small. The Story suffers from to many sub plots and not focusing more on the story at hand.

Overall the film was a decent watch. A Bit cheesy and outdated at times. The Acting was just OK to some roles being below average. What we do get is a decent amount of nudity and sexual content. For me I Like the concept and the whole idea on a movie focusing on the female cheerleaders instead of the jocks. This film is a follow-up film to The Cheerleaders which I have not seen. Personally I Have not hear of both of the films.

With that said I give the film a 3 out of 5 but just a tad but at 3. The Story at times and the sexual plot-lines helps it out for me at times. The story is a tad slow but it’s still a decent watch. Check it out if the Plot and trailer seems like film you may enjoy or if you’re an Arrow Video Collector.


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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

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