Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

Production Year: 1979
Release Date: 08/13/2013
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
Collection Number: 1333

Big things are headed our way from Vinegar Syndrome, if they're not spewing forth exploitive material in the form of their Drive-in double features, they're teasing us with upcoming horror blu-rays like Night Train to Terror.  Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff is neither sleaze or horror, but a drama exploring a repressed school teacher's sexuality set during a very conservative period in America.

Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff takes place during the 50's in the small midwestern town of Freedom, Kansas.  Evelyn Wyckoff (Anne Heywood) is an aging high school teacher that's slowly beginning to lose her grip on sanity.  Everything comes to a hilt when she learns that her body is thwarting her into early menopause.  At the guidance of her doctor she seeks out a psychiatrist (Dr. Steiner; Donald Pleasance) who advises her to break out of her shell and find romance.

With the help of Steiner ol' Miss Wyckoff begins to take charge of her life, she loosens up and hits it off with a bus driver, helps one of her colleagues from being outed at a commie, and slowly comes to terms with her sexuallity.  Life is really looking great for the teacher until she crosses paths with the new janitor.  Rafe is a young African American man who's has a little more on his mind than sweepin' the floors.  Slowly all of the progress Evelyn has made begins to unravel as she enters into an interracial affair.

Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff has been given a real makeover with a new high definition transfer.  While the age does occasionally show, overall it's a very stunning example of how well an older film can truly look on blu-ray.  There are no examples of edge enhancement present and the natural look of the film is left intact.

The film's HD 2.0 audio track is a little more rough in spots with the occasional pops and cracks present. Other than that small issue things sound pretty good.  Ernest Gold's score really fits with the mood of the film and never obscures any of the character's dialogue.

The film is presented in a DVD/Blu-ray/CD combo pack.  The blu-ray contains only the film while the DVD houses an alternate cut and a handful of special features.  Thoughts on William Inge is the main supplement in the extras section.  It's a short interview with Shirley Knight who discuses William Igne, the man who wrote the novel the film was based upon.  Also included are two trailers, television spots, and a still gallery.

The other bonus in the set is in the form of a CD featuring Ernest Gold's original score.  All in all I'd say it's a pretty loaded set.

This release really shows the versatility of Vinegar Syndrome  Here we have a racially charged drama about one woman's fight with her own sexuality, next month we're getting a double feature pairing Blood Thirst and The Thirsty Dead.  Complete opposites of one another, the only common ground being the anomalous nature of the films and the care that each will be given thanks to the independent label.  Wyckoff stands on it's own, different from any film the company has put out.  It's a film driven by a well-conceived story and a great performance from Anne Heywood, it's a movie I would recommend checking out.

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