The Girl from Rio appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The Dolby Vision presentation worked pretty well.
Overall sharpness felt positive. Occasional minor instances of softness materialized, but they remained rare and usually reflected a gauzy photography used intentionally.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Grain seemed natural, and I saw no print flaws.
Colors leaned natural. Overall, the tones came across in a vivid manner, and HDR added range and impact to the hues.
Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows were decent to good. Some low-light shots felt a bit thick, however, partly due to some dodgy day for night work.
HDR contributed oomph and power to whites and contrast. Expect a solid image here.
Less obvious pleasures come from the pretty average DTS-HD MA 1.0 soundtrack of Girl. With a lot of looping, dialogue remained intelligible but not especially natural.
Music showed acceptable reproduction but lacked much range or clarity. Effects also seemed thin and lackluster, and iffy foley work made these elements awkward at times. Given the track’s age and origins, it felt acceptable.
We get a mix of extras here, and we open with an audio commentary from film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth. Both sit together for a running, screen-specific look at cast and crew, the source and its adaptation, cinematic techniques, genre domains, and related topics.
Veterans of the commentary format, Thompson and Howarth almost always offer good chats, and this one holds up to that history. They provide a nice mix of notes related to Girl from Rio itself as well as those involved to ensure we get a robust and engaging discussion.
We get additional extras on the included Blu-ray copy, and here we find a RiffTrax Edition of Girl. This features Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy as they watch and mock the movie.
With a running time of 77 minutes, 48 seconds, “RiffTrax” covers an edited cut of the film. I feel thankful for that, as I couldn’t take an extra 17 minutes of this content.
Apparently a lot of people find this kind of stuff amusing. I don’t, as I think the attempts at humor just seem dopey and almost totally devoid of actual cleverness. But hey, if you like this stuff, party on!
Two featurettes appear, and Rocking in Rio runs 40 minutes, 35 seconds. It provides notes from film historian Stephen Thrower.
“Rocking” looks at those involved with Girl, aspects of its production and his thoughts about the movie. Some of this repeats from the commentary, but Thrower brings plenty of fresh remarks.
Rolling in Rio goes for 14 minutes, 26 seconds. It brings remarks from director Jess Franco, producer/writer Harry Alan Towers and actor Shirley Eaton.
They give us some memories and observations related to Girl. We get a nice collection of notes here.
A collection of Additional Scenes & Trims spans a total of 15 minutes, 49 seconds. Of primary interest, “Additional Scenes” brings a prologue that appeared in the German release that allows the story to make much more sense. I guess the filmmakers thought the plot worked better with a more mysterious vibe – it doesn’t.
As for the six minutes, six seconds of trims, they provide audio-free footage that lacks much context and thus seem less than compelling. They do come with some added nudity, though, so I won’t complain.
Finally, a Poster & Still Gallery encompasses 75 images that mix ads, promotional materials, publicity shots and behind the scenes elements. It becomes a decent compilation.
Note that the package includes a new Blu-ray and not the original release from 2016. I didn’t review the 2023 BD because Blue Underground didn’t release it outside of this 4K set.
One might expect a movie about female warriors who want to subjugate men to offer some excitement. In the case of The Girl from Rio, one would expect incorrectly, as it becomes a sluggish and dull tale. The 4K UHD comes with pretty good picture, acceptable audio and a mix of bonus materials. Not much about this dud works.