THE STEWARDESSES (Shout Factory, 1969) D: Al Silliman Jr. w/ Christina Hart, Michael Garrett. Rating: NN; DVD package: NNNN Rating: NN
For a couple of moments, The Stewardesses ascends to 3-D exploitation movie heaven. It happens first when a stoned-on-acid, naked stewardess makes out with a Greek bust with a light bulb in its head, then again when the gothic climax pops out of nowhere. Sadly, the rest is deadly dull.
Stewardesses on layover in L.A. go out for the evening and get naked for mediocre softcore sex and dreadful dialogue, leaving ample time for musing over key questions of 3-D's artistic heritage and future. For instance: Why didn't Russ Meyer make Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! in 3-D? Who can I persuade to produce the 3-D remake of Ilsa, She Wolf Of The SS?
The 3-D is not great. The black-and-white version works better than the colour, better still if you hunt out the optimum distance from your screen, and best if you squint.
The making-of docs are fun, and the brief history of the gimmick includes great 3-D clips from the 30s and 40s. The SCTV sketch, Dr. Tongue's 3-D House Of Stewardesses, is better than the movie.
EXTRAS Disc one: 3-D colour version, 3-D b&w version, deleted scenes, 3-D lens test, original title sequence. Full-frame. Disc two: 2-D version, 3-D history doc, 3-D process doc, making-of interviews, SCTV sketch. Full-frame. Two pairs of 3-D glasses.