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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Violenza in un carcere femminile" or "Emanuelle Reports from a Women's Prison"

or "Emmanuelle in Hell" or "Women's Penitentiary 4" or "Womens Prison Massacre")

Directed by Bruno Mattei
Italy / France 19


Laura Gemser returns as Emanuelle Sterman/Laura Kendall in this rather extreme Italian-French women's prison film from Bruno Mattei (credited on some prints as "Vincent Dawn" and others as "Gilbert Roussel"). Emanuelle is sent to Santa Catarina Women's Penitentiary for drugs and solicitation, meeting the usual sadistic warden (Lorraine De Selle from Cannibal Ferox), tough inmates, and hookers with hearts of gold. Emanuelle is actually an undercover reporter for Amnesty International. Mattei doesn't skimp on the nastiness, presenting a three-way catfight on a floor full of feces, Gemser nibbled by rats in solitary confinement. Gabriele Tinti is the concerned doctor, who eventually gets a celebratory roll in the bushes with Emanuelle during the escape scene. Claudio Fragasso (Monster Dog) was the assistant director.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

Theatrical Release: September 9th, 1982

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DVD Review: Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:38.750   

Disc Size: 24,355,128,447 bytes

Feature Size: 19,223,740,416 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.01 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

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



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1566 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1566 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Severin

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Disc Size: 24,355,128,447 bytes

Feature Size: 19,223,740,416 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.01 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

Edition Details:

 Brawl in Women's Block - Interview with co-director/co-writers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi. (29:03)
 Archive interview with director Bruno Mattei (2:47)
 Radio Spot (0:31)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 8th, 2018
Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 9




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


'Women in Prison' films have been an exploitive cinema milieu / genre for decades - coming to mind a few; Caged (1950) , Women's Prison (1955) with Ida Lupino, Roger Corman's The Women In Cages Collection; Women 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 "Violenza in un carcere femminile", now on Blu-ray from Severin.


Severin offer its Blu-ray transfer from a 2k scan from an uncensored inter-positive. 'Uncensored' it is with gratuitous scenes. The 1080P image looks quite strong - still some speckles and can be occasionally waxy but detail has instances at the higher end visible in the film's close-ups. Colors seem true and tight - the naturally lit sequences show depth and despite the modest bitrate - looks quite consistent and pleasing in-motion.


Severin us a DTS-HD Master 2.0 mono (16-bit) in the English, mostly DUB'ed version of the film. It sounds fine with some minor sync issues that are commonplace for such productions. There re some aggressive effects and rat squeals - that come through flat but with a tinge of depth. There are optional English subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray.


Severin include as extras 'Brawl in Women's Block' - a half hour interview with co-director/co-writers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi discussing their input and the production - in Italian with English subtitles. There is a brief, 3-minute, archival interview with director Bruno Mattei talking about this representing a vehicle for Laura Gemser and, lastly, a 1/2 minute radio spot advert. The package has a reversible cover (see below).


Surely one of the quintessential 'female prison' flics.... abundantly attractive women, including some of the guards, plus Laura 'Emanuelle' Gemser and a story stacked with all the genre's salacious torture conventions, perversions, despicable characters and relations. Any fan will surely appreciate the exploitive charisma of the director's limit-pushing style, weak-effect gore and more. There is actually a decent story tucked in there too - to the right crowd this is a definite recommendation!


Gary W. Tooze






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