And the folks at Shout! Factory just keep rolling ’em out: the latest official announcement is Streetwalkin’, a mid-1980’s flick about prostitution that is half exploitation film and half docudrama.  It was an early film role for future Oscar winner for Melissa Leo and also features a memorable turn from Pet Sematery alum Dale Midkiff as a crazy pimp in the Vice Squad tradition.  This will be the first-ever DVD release for Streetwalkin’ and it will also feature a commentary track from director Joan Freeman.  Read on for all the street corner sleaze details…

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER MELISSA LEO HEADLINES IN THIS GRITTY, EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER OF A TEEN PROSTITUTE ON THE SLEAZY STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY

STREETWALKIN’

Starring Melissa Leo, Dale Midkiff , Leon Robinson,

Antonio Fargas and Julie Newmar

Strutting onto Home Entertainment Shelves August 2, 2011 From Shout! Factory

“Fact paced … vicious … full of surprises.” New York Times

Long before her star turns in Homicide: Life on the Street, Frozen River, Welcome to the Rileys, HBO’s Treme or The Fighter, Oscar®- winner Melissa Leo delivers a tour-de-force performance in the 1985 motion picture Streetwalkin’ as a teen runaway seduced into the sleazy world of Times Square hookers, pimps, gangsters and lowlifes. There’s plenty of action — on and off the mean streets of New York City , in the bars, cars, apartments, hotel rooms and back alleys — that turns good girls bad, bad girls badder and repays kindness with death.

Directed by Joan Freeman (Satisfaction), who co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, Robert Alden, Streetwalkin’ is a time capsule that captures the sights and sounds of the underbelly of 1980s Times Square, with it’s streetwalkers, gunsels, transvestites, S&M freaks and assorted dope fiends and outcasts.  Featuring newly re-mastered anamorphic widescreen movie presentation, Streetwalkin’ is a must-have for fans of Roger Corman’s Cult Classics, Melissa Leo, and cult film buffs — available August 2 on DVD ($14.93) from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. Pre-order now on Amazon.com, ShoutFactoryStore.com and major retailers.

Synopsis

Melissa Leo stars as Cookie, a teen runaway who escapes her abusive stepfather and heads for the Big Apple along with her younger brother (Randall Batinkoff, Kick-Ass). When she arrives at the Port Authority bus terminal, she meets a charming but psychopathically violent pimp named Duke (Dale Midkiff, Pet Sematary). With nowhere to go, Cookie is soon working for Duke, who introduces her to the harsh, brutal life of a prostitute. Also stars Antonio Fargas (Starsky and Hutch) as Finesse, an over-the-hill pimp; Julie Newmar (TV’s Batman) as Queen Bee, a hooker/madam who takes no guff from any man; and Leon Robinson (Cliffhanger), Khandi Alexander (Treme), Deborah Offner (Black Swan) and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal).

DVD Special Features:

  • New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
  • Commentary with director-writer Joan Freeman and producer-writer Robert Alden
  • Reversible DVD cover with original ’80s theatrical poster key art on the other side
  • Trailers

STREETWALKIN’ (1985)

Concorde Pictures

Starring Melissa Leo, Dale Midkiff, Leon Robinson, Antonio Fargas, Julie Newmar, Randall Batinkoff, Khandi Alexander, Deborah Offner, Greg Germann

Produced by Robert Alden

Directed by Joan Freeman

Written by Joan Freeman and Robert Alden

Director of Photography: Steven Fierberg

Edited by John K. Adams and Patrick Rand

Art Direction: Jeffery Robbins

Original Music by Matthew Ender and Doug Timm

Rated R

Running time: 86 minutes

Special features are not rated

Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases in 2011. Upcoming highlights include The Ron Howard Action Pack, The Women in Cages Collection, Battle Beyond the Stars and many others.

Streetwalkin'

Streetwalkin’

Academy Award®–winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme) stars as Cookie, a teen runaway who escapes her abusive stepfather and heads for the Big Apple along with her younger brother. When she arrives at the Port Authority bus terminal, Cookie meets a charming but sadistic pimp named Duke (Dale Midkiff, Pet Sematary). With nowhere to go, Cookie is soon working for Duke, who introduces her to the harsh, brutal life of a prostitute. Also starring Antonio Fargas (Starsky And Hutch), Julie Newmar (Batman), Leon (Cliffhanger), Randall Batinkoff (Kick-Ass) and Khandi Alexander (Treme).Features reversible cover (click to enlarge):