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(aka "Jungle Heat" or "Piranha Women" or "Piranha Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death")

 

directed by J.F. Lawton
USA 1989

 

Spritzer College's rogue feminist studies professor Margo Hunt (Shannon Tweed, NIGHT EYES) is approached by Department of Food and Agriculture's Ford Maddox (Barry Primus, AUTOPSY) and Colonel Mattel (Paul Ross), the head of Avocado Affairs. It seems that the manhunting practices of the feminist, cannibalistic Piranha Women of the Avocado Jungle - deep in the "Avocado Belt" between San Bernardino and the Mexican border - are jeopardizing the avocado harvest since the Avocoado Belt is responsible for 90% of California's avocado supply. Naturally the US government would prefer a military solution, but that approach has proved unsuccessful (it seems that the myth that the Piranha Women tear men into strips like beef jerky and eat them with guacamole is all too true). Maddox and Mattel coerce Margo to mount an expedition deep into the jungle to reason with the tribe and convince them to move to a Malibu condominium complex. With a sophomore home economics student Bunny (Karen Mistal, RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES) - who Margo decides would be safer in the jungle than in a wet T-shirt at toga parties - and bumbling, chauvinistic guide Jim (POLITICALLY INCORRECT's Bill Maher), Margo faces off against maneating hippos, tame leopards, and a tribe of peaceful, handicraft-making men called The Donnahews - whose role models include Phil Donahue, Alan Alda, and Walter Mondale - and Jim manages to contaminate the society with a six-pack of beer and a stack of Penthouse magazines. None of this, of course, prepares them for the Piranha Women who are being ruled over by Dr. Kurtz - get it? - (Adrienne Barbeau, THE FOG), author of the successful "Smart Women, Stupid Insensitive Men" who vanished from the talk-show circuit several years before.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 15 March 1989 (USA)

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Comparison:

Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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also coming out on Blu-ray by Full Moon February 23rd, 2016 in the US:

Distribution

Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region B -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:25:21 1:25:15 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:29:33.451
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.98 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,989,593,449 bytes

Feature: 19,232,796,672 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

 

Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

 

88 Films (Grindhouse Collection)

 

Bitrate:

 

88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles none none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (4:3; 2:10)
• Full Moon Merchandise Contact Info
• Biographies for Shannon Tweed, Adrienne Barbeau, and Bill Maher
• Acovados (fills the main menu screen with animated avocados)

DVD Release Date: 12 January 1999
Amaray

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:05)
• Trailers for SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, PUPPET MASTER, THE DEAD WANT WOMEN, PUPPET MASTER II, TOURIST TRAP, ZOMBIES VS STRIPPERS, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, SKULL HEADS, CASTLE FREAK,
• and PUPPET MASTER III

 

DVD Release Date: September 17th, 2012
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,989,593,449 bytes

Feature: 19,232,796,672 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Original trailer (2:11)
• Trailer Reel - Children of the Corn, Don't Go Into the Woods, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, Mother's Day, Slaughterhouse,  Transcers, Splatter University (18:05)

Blu-ray Release Date: February 8th, 2016
Transparent Keep case

Chapters: 8

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray January 16': The Blu-ray is a huge advancement over the lackluster DVDs. Yes, the aspect ratio has changed to 1.78:1 - are there are purists you want to quibble over the composition? It is darker, skin tones lose their orange hue. It is substantially tighter and more detailed over the soft SD appearance. Colors are more vibrant... it's a massive improvement.

88 Films use a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 2304 kbps (24-bit) and the film's meager effects come across with some punch. Carl Dante (composed for such titles as Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity, Kraa! The Sea Monster and Lolita 2000) did the unremarkable score but it certainly suits the film's milieu, supporting it reasonably well. There are no subtitle options and the Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

No extras save an original trailer and 20-minute 88 Films trailer reel with with Children of the Corn, Don't Go Into the Woods, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, Mother's Day, Slaughterhouse, Transcers, Splatter University.   

Probably the biggest selling point for me is Adrienne Barbeau, but the concept is also cute and plenty of salacious cheesecake. It's not the worst of this sub-genre and for those who'd like to vegetate while watching - you could do worse than Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (points just for the title). Certainly the Blu-ray is the only way you want to indulge in this exercise in cheap, retro-exploitive film-fodder.

***

ON THE DVDs (2012): 88 Films dual-layer disc seems to utilize the same aged video master that Cult Video did for their OOP NTSC from 1999 (an unconverted PAL-NTSC conversion). The import is only marginally softer.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio seems a tad more boisterous on the PAL disc. Extras are comparable (the ten Full Moon trailers the import offers up are not that much of a bonus). New copies of the Cult Video edition can be found cheaply at Full Moon's website, but the difference is not so much that UK viewers will want to bother (the 88 Films' edition also has a niftier cover).

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT)
 

 


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Screen Captures

 

1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) 88 Films (Grindhouse Collection) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Draw

 
Box Covers

 

 

 

also coming out on Blu-ray by Full Moon February 23rd, 2016 in the US:

Distribution

Koch Vision/Full Moon Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region B -
Blu-ray



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