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(aka "Caged Heat!" or "Caged Females" or "Renegade Girls")

 

Directed by Jonathan Demme
USA 1974

 

A 70s exploitation classic, released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK! Thrown into the penal hell of Connorville, petty criminal Jacqueline (Erica Gavin, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls) must fight against the ruthless inmates, a cruel warden (Barbara Steele, Nightmare Castle) and a depraved staff. Eventually she forms an uneasy friendship with two hardened inmates. When these three unite, they find themselves on a sexy and violent adventure seeking escape, money, and revenge. Also starring Roberta Collins (Death Race 2000) and Rainbeaux Smith (Massacre at Central High) and written and directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) in his directorial debut.

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Theatrical Release: April 19th, 1974

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Review: 101 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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also on Blu-ray via an out-of-print Shout! Factory double-feature exclusive with Jackson County Jail

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Distribution 101 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:11.500        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,529,279,114 bytes

Feature: 22,653,124,608 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
101 Films

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,529,279,114 bytes

Feature: 22,653,124,608 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary with Writer/Director Jonathan Demme, Director of Photography Tak Fujimoto and actress Erica Gavin
Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman (4:58)
Theatrical Trailer (2:56)
Still Gallery


Blu-ray Release Date: June 13th, 2022

Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 101 Films Blu-ray (May 2022): 101 Films have transferred Jonathan Demme's first directorial effort Caged Heat to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "2K scan from the Original Camera Negative". It's on a single-layered transfer but the 1-hour 20-minute film has a max'ed out bitrate. It looks fine - only a few blemishes and certain sequences are strong with pleasing detail and depth - the inconsistencies are more a product of the budgetary limitations. It looks quite decant and acceptable in 1080P.

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On their Blu-ray, 101 Films use a linear PCM dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. Caged Heat has few aggressive (initial and later gunfire) moments that come through with modest depth and score by John Cale (Something Wild), sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. 101 Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The 101 Films Blu-ray offers a commentary by Jonathan Demme, DoP Tak Fujimoto and actress Erica Gavin. Demme does most of the talking and there are discussions on homages to John Cromwell's 1950 Caged or Sam Fuller, how the script had to have action, sex, violence humor and a minor social statement, Erica considers Caged Heat an art film, they talk about the many dream sequences, Corman's input, giving them freedom etc. It's a good commentary. There is also a 5-minute Leonard Maltin interview with Roger Corman, a theatrical trailer and a stills gallery.

Jonathan Demme's Caged Heat is an essential part of the 'Woman in Prison' genre that blossomed to new levels of exploitation and sexploitation in the 70s. The director shows some of his future leanings and style. The commentary has value and there is some female empowerment in Caged Heat.  For those who missed the Shout! Factory this 101 Films Blu-ray is a good package and deserves a spot on the shelf for lovers of this genre that crosses over from the broader classification of Grindhouse. Any reason to see Barbara Steele in 1080P is usually a must-own. Enjoy!

Gary Tooze

 


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