My Chauffeur (1985) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: David Beaird
Starring: Deborah Foreman, Sam J. Jones, Howard Hesseman
Rated: UR/Region: O/1:85/1080p/Number of disc: 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
Casey Meadows (Deborah Foreman, Valley Girl), a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant, has just received an unbelievable job offer: the opportunity to work as a driver at the prestigious Brentwood Limousine Limited. Much to the shock and frustration of its posh, all-male chauffeur staff, Casey accepts the offer, but as she begins to settle into her new position, she discovers that working as a driver is more grueling than she could have anticipated. Finding herself having to contend with stoned singers, devious diplomats, and other raucous clients, she’s quickly at her wits end, but when she picks up a young man named Battle (Sam J. Jones, Flash Gordon), who’s just been dumped by his girlfriend, a budding romance quickly begins, only for Casey to discover that Battle is her bosses’ son!
My Chauffer is a prime example of why I love a brand like Vinegar Syndrome. If you want horror, they got that. If you want to smut, they got that too! Also, if you are in the mood for some 80s comedy, they have that as well in the form of the very fun and light, My Chauffeur. This is the story of a girl who becomes a driver after getting a very random invitation into the group. We watch as her fellow drivers (mostly) try to get rid of her, as she goes on wild and crazy job after crazy job, and most importantly as she falls for a guy who may even be her own brother. Deborah Foreman plays the leading role very loosely and at times over the top but it works great and fits right into the time table of the year 1985 when the movie was made. I’m a fan of comedies from the decade in general but this one kind of shocked me and took me by surprise with just how funny and solid it turned out to be. I can’t suggest it to you guys enough. I know it seems like over-hype a bit, but this movie just clicked with me when I watched it and I’m sure it’ll do the same to anyone who feels the same way I do about the 80s and the films of that time.
The movie gets a little R-rated at times with some nudity and foul language but every time we see someone cursing it seems to come across in the most hilarious way you can imagine. We have scenes where old timers who make-up the chauffeur staff talks about how any titty is a good titty and we have our main girl try to get a rocker to a show only to find him in a bed full of naked women. We also see the guy she ends up falling for go from and uptight stick in the mud to getting drunk and streaking in a park. Like I said, some of what goes down here might be a bit random but it is also a whole lot hilarious. The disc looks great (as expected) and comes with some cool extras, so if you’ve never seen this kind of obscure or at least underrated film from the 80s then, by all means, pick this one up NOW!
NOTE: The first 1,500 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick ‘glossy lipstick’ limited edition slipcover designed by Derek Gabryszak. If you see this message and you order the release, you’ll get the limited slipcover.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
– “License to Drive” – Interview with star Deborah Foreman
– Commentary track with: David Beaird (writer/director) & Leland Crooke (co-star)
– Commentary track with: Jeff McKay (production assistant)
– Isolated soundtrack
– Original theatrical trailer
– Multiple tv spots
– Behind the scenes still gallery
– Cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH Subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 95%