Girls Nite Out appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. A disclaimer at the film’s start warns us that despite best efforts, the end product will come with flaws – and they don’t lie.
Print concerns became the most obvious problem, mainly in the form of thin lines, though we got specks and scratches as well. These didn’t overwhelm, but that created a lot of distraction.
Sharpness seemed adequate. While the movie lacked particularly great accuracy, it still came across as fairly well-defined.
No issues with jaggies or shimmering materialized, and I saw no signs of edge haloes. Grain felt natural, so I didn’t suspect any overuse of noise reduction.
In terms of colors, the film opted for a natural palette. Unfortunately, the tones tended to seem somewhat dull and flat. At times the hues fared better, but they lacked much vivacity.
Blacks were a little muddy, while shadows seemed somewhat thick. I suspect that the Blu-ray reproduced the source fairly accurately, but this still ended up as a somewhat unattractive presentation.
As for the film’s LPCM monaural soundtrack, it also seemed bland. Speech came across as intelligible but stiff and a little muted.
Effects lacked much distortion but they also failed to display a lot of range and seemed bland. Music completed the trifecta, as the score and songs suffered from limited dimensionality. Even given the movie’s age and budget, the audio was adequate, but the track still seemed blah.
We get a mix of extras here, and these open with an audio commentary from film critic Justin Kerswell and film historian Amanda Reyes. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the slasher genre, cast and crew, thoughts about the film and some general production notes.
As I note in the body of my review, a lot of the commentary focuses on the alleged high quality of Nite, especially from Reyes, as she really seems to view this as a fine piece of cinema. I think too much of the chat goes down this path, but Reyes and Kerswell offer a decent array of notes about the movie.
These make the track moderately informative, even if we find some odd gaffes – again, mainly from Reyes, who seems to think the 1982 Richard Pryor/Jackie Gleason clunker The Toy was a porn film! This mix of good and bad leads to an inconsistent commentary.
Some featurettes follow, and Staying Alive offers an interview with actor Julia Montgomery. It goes for 19 minutes, 25 seconds and includes Montgomery’s thoughts about her career and the Nite production. The manic Montgomery might want to cut back on caffeine, but she gives us a good look at her experiences.
A Savage Mauling spans 15 minutes, 30 seconds and features actor Laura Summers. She talks about the shoot of Nite and gives us a decent array of insights.
Next comes Alone in the Dark, an eight-minute, 44-second chat with actor Lois Robbins as she tells us about her career and Nite. She gives us a good perspective.
It Was a Party! runs 20 minutes, 55 seconds and features actor Paul Christie. He talks about what brought him to movies as well as his time on Nite.
Christie offers a nice collection of notes, but the setting proves distracting. Recorded outside, Christie appears to sit in an aviary, so expect constant chirping from birds throughout the session.
After this comes Love and Death, a 16-minute, 56-second program with actors Lauren-Marie Taylor and John Didrichsen. Both sit together and discuss their relationship as well as their work on the movie. They offer plenty of entertaining memories.
An Archival Interview goes for six minutes, 45 seconds and features older notes from Montgomery. Apparently shot for a DVD, she gives us more thoughts about her experiences and makes this a decent addition.
In addition to two trailers, we get the movie’s Original Title Card. It runs a mere 23 seconds and simply shows Scaremaker as the title instead of Girls Nite Out.
Although I expect little from low-budget 1980s horror, Girls Nite Out fails to live up to even the most modest hopes. Silly, sluggish and incoherent, the movie never connects in a positive manner. The Blu-ray brings lackluster picture and audio as well as a mix of bonus features. Leave this one to 80s slasher completists.