Sarah T. – Portrait Of A Teenage Alcoholic (1975) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Richard Donner
Starring: Linda Blair, Mark Hamill, Larry Hagman
Rated: UR/Region A/1:33/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Shout Factory
Teenage drinkers are not just young adults of legal age. Many are alcoholics at 12 and 13 and some even sooner. They’re raiding their parents’ liquor cabinets and bribing older friends to buy it for them. Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic takes both a shocking and compassionate look at the growing problem of adolescent liquor abuse. Linda Blair and Mark Hamill are terrific in this hard-hitting television film directed by Richard Donner (The Omen, Superman: The Movie).
In this movie we see Linda Blair playing a teenager who has a broken home and is at a new school so she’s turning to the bottle despite the fact her dad is JR from Dallas, her step-dad is Mr.Feeny from Boy Meets World, and her soon to be boyfriend is none other than Luke Skywalker. Regardless, she’s off the wagon and the only thing that helps with straight up alcohol and she’ll do anything she can to get more as we soon learn. Sarah T. – Portrait Of A Teenage Alcoholic is a 1975 made for TV primetime movie and its whole purpose is to keep the kids away from alcohol. The movie tries to give Sarah a reason to be falling off the wagon but spends little time on that and mostly just shows us her while she’s drunk or looking for a drink. I don’t think Miss Linda Blair ever seems to really care about the role as the movie plays out, but it’s at least fun for the random people we see popping up in it. Like Mark Hamill before StarWars.
So along the way we see Sarah steal boos, turn herself out for it, steal horses, leave kids unattended to and lots of other very irresponsible things that make us not really like her much instead of feeling bad for her. The horse part might make the character unredeemable even if she is a teenage alcoholic and all. This ends up being a strange one from Shout. Not on any sub-label, this one comes to you with an interview from Linda Blair and the director. It also has a 2K scan that makes it look pretty good. The movie isn’t at all hitting where it probably wants to, but its still kind of entertaining for none intentional reasons.
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
– NEW Linda B. On Sarah T. – An Interview With Linda Blair
– NEW Richard D. And David L. – Portrait Of A TV Movie – An Interview With Director Richard Donner And Producer David Levinson
– Still Gallery
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 87%