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Directed by David Hogan
USA 1996

 

Pamela Anderson is Barb Wire, the sexiest, toughest woman in Steel Harbor - a city marked by chaos and crime - providing a home for a new kind of mercenary. If you’ve got a problem, Barb Wire is the solution. She’ll use any dangerous weapon (including her body) to take what she wants, crossing the line for no man. When her ex-boyfriend, Axel Hood, hits town, Barb is the only one who can get him out alive. Will Barb help the man who once betrayed her? There’s only one thing you can be sure of…she can get anything you want, for a price. Are you ready to pay…?

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Set in the year 2017, Barb Wire takes place after democracy has fallen and a fascist military junta has taken over the U.S. government, plotting to wipe out the country with Red Ribbon, a laboratory-manufactured disease derived from the AIDS virus. The entire test city of Topeka has been annihilated, and only the small bastion of Steel Harbor remains the last free zone in the country, conveniently the home of the title heroine Pamela Anderson. Barb, a leather-clad, silicon-stretched motorcycle mama, happens to carry antibodies for Red Ribbon in her DNA, thus making her an enemy of the state. She sets out to defend freedom and take down the evil government by posing as a stripper and seducing foolish male adversaries with her well-displayed assets. The plot thickens as she happens upon her freedom-fighter ex-lover and his wife (much in the vein of Casablanca).

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 3rd, 1996

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Review: Turbine - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Turbine - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:40:22.641         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,020,550,540 bytes

Feature: 34,275,465,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 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

DTS-HD Master Audio German 4115 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4115 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 2144 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2144 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4217 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4217 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2104 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2104 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, German, None
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Turbine

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,020,550,540 bytes

Feature: 34,275,465,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

4:3 version in SD
Sexy Outtakes (9:28)
Making of (15:13 from 1996)
Promo Featurette (6:10)
German Trailer (1:28)
English Trailer (1:17)
UK Trailer (1:21)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 30th, 2018
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Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

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

Turbine bring their Blu-ray-production talents to an 'uncut' Barb Wire release - a Pam-Anderson-breast-showcase vehicle. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a high bitrate. It looked excellent on my system with only a few instances of sneaking edge-enhancement as a detractor. The colors are right, deep and true, contrast is at the upper levels and the 1.85:1 visuals look strong and impressive in-motion. There is depth and no noise.

The audio is transferred in the option of a robust 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel stereo DTS-HD Master tracks (both 24-bit) with optional German DUBs. It's quite adept with some deepness to the effects of guns and explosions. T
he Michel Colombier (Colossus: The Forbin Project, Une Chambre en Ville. Against All Odds) score is also very pleasing augmented by Gun's Word Up, Hagfish's Hot Child in the City, Die Cheerleader's Dancing Barefoot and, yes, Tommy Lee's (of Motley Crue and Pam's ex.) Planet Boom among other intense music for the club scenes and in support of the choreographed action. The audio quality is quite strong in supporting the film's aggression. There are optional English or German subtitles on this Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

Turbine include a 4:3 version of the entire film in SD. I wonder if the opening up of the frame shows more... nudity? (I didn't check... yet). There are about 10-minutes of 'Sexy Outtakes' which consistent of an expansion of the opening scene with Pam getting water bounding off her body - stripper-like. There is the 1/4 hour Making of from 1996 with a few interviews, a short Promo Featurette and trailers from three countries.

Frankly, I like fellow-Canuck Pam Anderson and I'm glad that I finally saw Barb Wire. I was hoping it would be as cheesecake-ie / adventuresome-fun as Jane and the Lost City that I enjoyed quite a bot. I suppose it was following the graphic novel with some darker edges (some sexual deviance, gratuitous violence and dog-biting-crotches etc.). I appreciated the post-apocalyptic feel and relative tastefulness. It had some satire in it as well which helped the expression. I think more effort in the production wouldn't have hurt although it was destined to be trashed by critics. Too bad - I wish they had done a sequel... but better. The Turbine
Blu-ray transfer is very solid providing a competent HD presentation. There are a few extras but nothing to sway a purchasing decision. It probably just depends on how much you like Pam's boobs.

Gary Tooze

 


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