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):