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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Submission" )


directed by  Raphael Nussbaum
USA 1974


Bonnie (Candice Rialson) escapes from her brother/pimp onto the streets of L.A. and quickly makes friends with hooker Pat (Teri Guzman). They both get picked up by convertible-driving Dan (Brett Parker) who takes them back to his house while the wife is out. Pat whips out a pistol and she and Bonnie rob him and leave him tied up in the woods. Pat (who tosses Dan's poodle off a cliff when it bites her) ditches Bonnie when she finds out Bonnie told Dan the gun was fake. Bonnie leaves Dan tied up in the woods and hitches a ride with some hippies. While trying to steal an apple, she meets lesbian artist Geraldine (Joan Blackman) who uses her as a model. Art collector Vincent (Ed Bishop) buys the nude painting of Bonnie. When Geraldine gets too possessive and shoots Bonnie's burglar-turned-lover Ron (Matt Green), Bonnie escapes once again; this time into the arms of rich Vincent. Vincent, however, turns out to be not only a collector of art but a collector of females in all their species which he keeps caged in his basement zoo (the titular pets) and imprisons Bonnie for his pleasure. Bonnie will have to channel her wits and her wiles to turn the tables on Vincent and Geraldine. PETS turned out to be quite a surprise viewing. Not exactly PC with lines like "You're not a kitten. You're just a little pussy" but not exactly misogynistic either (Bonnie doesn't seem to know what she wants other than to be free while those who take advantage of her are portrayed as possessive, cruel, and neurotic - including the possessive lesbian stereotype). The 100 minute running time allows for a leisurely 70's pace, exploitable nudity, quotable dialogue, and a loose structure that keeps things unpredictable. Lead Rialson made quite a name for herself in a handful of memorable but obscure exploitation pictures but PETS may be her ultimate showcase.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: February 1974 (USA)

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DVD Review: Code Red - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:40:24

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.26 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Code Red

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (4:3; 2:43)
• Damaged Deleted Scene (16:9; 2:23)
• FAMILY HONOR TV spot (16:9; 0:31)
• BRUTE CORPS TV spot (16:9; 0:33)
• DEVIL'S EXPRESS TV spot (4:3; 0:31)
• THE STATUE (16:9; 2:27)

DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009

Chapters 16



The film opens with a disclaimer citing the use of damaged film prints due to inadequate source materials and Code Red has received a lot of criticism for the quality of the transfer. There are frame jumps, dialogue-dropping splices, vertical green scratches run through scenes, dark scenes lack detail, and the image has not been progressively encoded. The scenes that are free or relatively free of damage look quite nice. If you can set aside the transfer issues, the film is quite entertaining.

Where Code Red really drops the ball is in providing some sort of anecdotal or critical contextual material be it from surviving cast or crew - Candice Rialson's death a few years ago went largely unnoticed (the DVD is dedicated to her memory and that of co-star Ed Bishop) and this might have been the film to annotate with some info about the star who had a short but memorable cult film career - or some facts from one of Code Red's moderating personalities). A damaged deleted scene is included along with the trailer and TV spots as well as trailers for upcoming Code Red titles. There is no chapter selection menu but the film has been encoded with 16 chapter stops.

 - Eric Cotenas


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