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Directed by Bill Milling
USA 1990

 

Pray you don't get locked up in Honeywell State Prison!

Kathie (Roxanna Michaels) is innocent when they lock her up ... but that won't last long. Women in chains, a deviant warden and murderous guards ... no wonder the cops claim Honeywell State Prison doesn't exist. Her only hope of being freed lies with Harley-riding hero Victor (Erik Estrada) and combat karate champ Dirk (Richie Barathy), who'll take on the whole prison mano a mano if need be. This women-in-prison film also stars Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express), Jack Carter (Alligator), Michael Parks (From Dusk Till Dawn) and adult film stars Janine Lindemulder and Kascha.

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Prison chicks provide the basis for this exploitation film. The tale centers on two young women, one a naive, star-struck midwestern girl, and the other a savvy hitcher, who head for Tinseltown in search of stardom. Unfortunately they end up arrested and thrown in prison. Meanwhile, the naive girl's sister refuses to believe the claim that her sister is in Mexico shooting a film, and goes to LA to investigate the situation herself. When she finds out what has been happening, she enlists the aid of a biker and detectives to help her stop the insanity of it all.

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Release: August 15th, 1990 (video premiere)

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Review: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:22.383      
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Disc Size: 22,742,354,457 bytes

Feature Size: 22,349,635,584 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1620 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1620 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), none
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Release Information:
Studio: Shout! Factory

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Disc Size: 22,742,354,457 bytes

Feature Size: 22,349,635,584 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video   

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Trailer (1:44)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 7th, 2018
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Chapters: 12

 

 

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'Women in Prison' films have been an exploitive cinema milieu / genre for decades - coming to mind a few (see above listing); Caged (1950) , Women's Prison (1955) with Ida Lupino, Roger Corman's The Women In Cages CollectionWomen in Cages (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), The Big Doll House (1971) as well as Chained Heat (1983), the Female Prisoner Scorpion films of the early 70's and the newer entry Female Convict Scorpio plus more international female prison flics with the Brazilian Bare Behind Bars and, of course, some of the work of Bruno Mattei, like the multi-named "Violence in a Women's Prison", also on Blu-ray.

Shout! Factory give a single-layered, 1080P Blu-ray transfer of the super schlocky Caged Fury. A 90's exploitation video effort but it actually has a semblance of a good story - it has Janine Lindemulder, Erik Estrada, comedian Jack Carter, James Hong even Ron Jeremy briefly. The image quality is a solid notch above SD. It's in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, detail is clear and it seems like a very good representation of the film.

There is a DTS-HD Master 2.0 (24-bit) audio track. There are some aggressive effects, a few fights scenes, screaming gals, and gunfire.
The score is by Abel Ferrara-regular Joe Delia (The Driller Killer, Ms. 45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) and sounds unremarkable but clean in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray Disc.

Shout! Factory only give a trailer as an extra.

Caged Fury utilizes the attraction of Hawaiian, Allison Kainoaani Chow, known primary as adult-star Kascha. Although she is only in the opening scene and doesn't have any real lines she remains one of the more memorable attributes of the film. She is identified as a blonde Asian with a visible tattoo on her body of a butterfly. A perfect level of sophistication for Caged Fury. Despite some decent, yet unnecessary, production values (some nice lighting!) - it still provides what the fans would want - a sleazy, female-prison flic with, not surprisingly, most prisoners wearing lingerie. From that standpoint it works... exceptionally well. Shout! Factory give a
competent, bare-bones, Blu-ray release for those keen on this genre although it is over-priced presently for what is offered. I would say pass unless you get it under $15.

 

Gary Tooze

 


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