DVD Review: Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection (2016)

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Shunya Ito, Yasuharu Hasebe

Starring: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yoyoi Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi, Fumio Watanabe, Yayoi Watanabe, Masakazu Tamura, Hiroshi Tsukata

Continuing a run of fantastic limited edition box sets, Arrow Video have finally put together the first four movies in the Japanese women-in-prison/revenge Female Prisoner Scorpion series in a lavish package loaded with extras. Based on a comic, the films – particularly the original – have become notable amongst cult cinema connoisseurs for their depictions of graphic violence, sex and strong female characters, many elements that were copied by hundreds of other exploitation movies throughout the 1970s but never quite captured with the same sense of artistic flair.

The first film in the series is 1972’s Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, which Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Lady Snowblood (1973)/Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

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Lady Snowblood BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Toshiya Fujita

Starring: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Jûzô Itami, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Best to get it out of the way early – 1973’s Lady Snowblood is the film that Quentin Tarantino used as the main inspiration for his Kill Bill series from over a decade ago. And when Tarantino uses something as an inspiration that usually means he ‘borrows’ from his sources quite liberally, which is a good thing in this case because if he hadn’t made Kill Bill the way he did then there’s a good chance that Lady Snowblood might not receive the praise and recognition that it gets today. That said, this Blu-ray package from Arrow Films is sure to bring in a lot of new fans, as not only does it contain the first Blu-ray release of Continue reading