Interviews - Kylie Minogue Charlie Schlatter Chris Thomson
Short film - The Film Score - Music From The Delinquents
Roadshow Entertainment/Roadshow Entertainment .
R4 . COLOR . 99 mins .
M15+ . PAL
Kylie Minogue as Lola Lovell
The Kylie Minogue celluloid collection consists of such gems as Streetfigher, Bio-Dome, Sample People, Cut and Moulin Rouge. While many would tout Minogue’s brief appearance as the green fairy in Moulin Rouge as her best acting appearance, her turn as Lola Lovell in The Delinquents would have come a close second. But that really isn’t saying much!
Set in 1957, The Delinquents tells the story of star crossed lovers, Lola and Brownie (Minogue and Schlatter) whose forbidden romance is torn apart by their parents and society. The story, based on the novel of the same name by Criena Rohan, resembles almost every teen romance film, with the couple branded as troublemakers and ‘wrong for each other’ because of their backgrounds.
Star crossed lovers?
The Delinquents is not a great representation of Australian cinema from the ‘80s, but Minogue possesses enough charm on screen and a certain amount of chemistry with American co-star Charlie Schlatter to make the film watchable.
The Delinquents is surprisingly well written and does offer some genuinely sweet moments, but above all this film is about Minogue and she looks appropriately innocence and gorgeous and actually manages to offer one or two credible acting moments throughout the film.
Kylie's left holding the baby
The Delinquents is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16.9 enhanced. There is an overall softness to the picture and some instances of grain and a few scratches, especially obvious in darkly lit scenes. Colour definition is good and there is no visible colour bleeding. Skin tones are realistic and blacks are solid. Overall, The Delinquents looks fine on DVD.
A perfectly adequate Dolby Digital Stereo audio soundtrack is provided for this film. There are no audio sync issues and dialogue is clear and audible. The rear channels don't make a peep and neither does the subwoofer but the audio mix is distortion free with both the musical score and select songs coming through nice and clear.
Astonishingly, The Delinquents is not a bare bones release and contains a few extras that will no doubt please Kylie fans.
First up is a seven minute featurette, On the Set of The Delinquents. This featurette puts the ‘p’ in promotional, with the voice over narration deeming Minogue and Schatter “two of the entertainment world's brightest young stars,” and Minogue “one the brightest talents in the entertainment world."
The second major extra feature is a set of Interviews with stars Kylie Minogue and Charlie Schlatter and director Chris Thomson. These are outtakes from the featurette with the questions coming up on screen proceeded by the short answer clip.
A full frame Theatrical Trailer that again emphasises that The Delinquents is all about Kylie Minogue.
Kylie, circa 1989
The extras package is rounded out by a short film from the Australian Television and Radio School entitled The Film Score: Music from the Delinquents. This 24 minute featurette includes interviews with director Chris Thomson and composer Miles Goodman as well as extensive behind the scenes footage of the orchestra scoring the film. This is a nice little addition on this release as the score for The Delinquents is both beautiful and flawless.
The Delinquents is by no means a good film, but it's not totally awful either. At least Kylie fans should be pleased that this film has been released on DVD with a small collection of extras.