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Directed by René Cardona (as Rene Cardona)
Mexico 1967-68

 

Batwoman: After the body of a professional wrestler is found off Acapulco's coastline, the victim, by all appearances, is believed to have drowned. However, the autopsy reveals a very perplexing and disturbing prognosis, when it's discovered the victim's pineal gland has been surgically drained of all fluid. With this prognosis eerily imitating the findings in the autopsies of murdered victims in Hong Kong and Macao, the police turn the investigation over to Mario Roble, who enlists the help of a beautiful crime fighting luchador known as Batwoman. Their thorough investigation leads them to an evil neurosurgeon who is using the fluid in his endeavors to genetically engineer a half fish, half man hybrid. The

 

Panther Women: In an effort to resurrect the dead leader of their satanic cult, the Panther Women must perform blood sacrifices in order for him to arise from his cold grave. Using the wrestling ring as their sepulcher and their unsuspecting opponents as their blood sacrifice's, these beautiful sirens of Satan perform their life-resurrecting rituals, shedding much innocent blood. However, the accomplishment of their goal is thwarted, after Captain Diaz becomes wise to their evil dealings and quest!.

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Batwoman is called to investigate a whacked out scientist that is capturing wrestlers and using their spinal fluid to create a Gill Man.

The Panther women are worshipers of Satan and perform rituals in their honor and sacrifice. The fighters will face them up and down the ring.

Posters

Theatrical Release: March 3rd, 1967 - March 28th, 1968

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Review: VCI - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution VCI - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime

The Batwoman: 1:19:49.367

The Panther Women: 1:26:54.167

Video

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,851,985,172 bytes

The Batwoman:: 19,854,575,616 bytes

The Panther Women: 19,079,940,096 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.91 Mbps / 26.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate The Batwoman Blu-ray:

Bitrate The Panther Women Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
VCI

 

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,851,985,172 bytes

The Batwoman:: 19,854,575,616 bytes

The Panther Women: 19,079,940,096 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.91 Mbps / 26.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Panther Women Trailer (1:55)
• Santo and Dracula's Treasure Trailer (1:58)
• Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter Trailer (1:58)


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 19th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 13 / 13

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: VCI Blu-ray (January 2021): VCI have transferred two René Cardona films to Blu-ray; The Batwoman and The Panther Women to Blu-ray. They are both cited as being "4K restorations" and share the same dual-layered disc. This is surely a lie, as a true 4K-restoration has been in progress from the camera negative for almost two years and had a sneak preview in El Paso last year - see HERE.

Even though I am trying to give VCI some slack these days - these are both flawed transfers. The Batwoman either comes from a very soft video source or has some waxy DNR applied. I lean to the former but, regardless, it is abnormally soft. Not nearly sharp enough to fully rate Maura Monti's frame with any accuracy. She does seem to have great abs - if it's not a masked body double. I thought the haziness improved as the film rolled but I think there are only spots where the lighting minimizes it. Not very good at all - but watchable for the less discerning eye. Okay, The Panther Women - well - a totally different problem (although also has a waxiness, if less prominent) - the majority of the black and white 1080P is passable, but there are spots where black levels pulsate and turn into a muddy blob, losing all detail. We have included a few samples below. On the positive it is not prevalent in the majority of scenes - but once you see it you can't un-see it. Much worse than normal moiring. What a shame.    

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On their Blu-ray, VCI use linear PCM dual-tracks (16-bit) with only English Dubs offered. Purists (are there any purists for these films?) will no doubt be disappointed. The DUBs are so weak - with awkward translations - that it only adds to the camp value, imo. Audible - but not ideal. No scores or theme credits that I could ascertain but I loved the opening music to The Batwoman - so cheesy and lounge-like that I tried to order some wine. Really fits the mood, let me tell you.  VCI offer optional English, yellow, subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The VCI Blu-ray offers only three Mexican 'wrestling hero' (*Luchador) film trailers as extras. I love them.

* "Luchador films (or Lucha Libre films) are Mexican professional wrestling / action / science-fiction / horror films starring some of the most popular masked luchadores in Lucha Libre. The luchadores are portrayed as superheroes engaging in battles against a range of characters from spies, to vampires and Martians." - Wikipedia

After all my bitching, I REALLY enjoyed René Cardona's The Batwoman and The Panther Women. If the government ever allows me have a party again - The Batwoman will be 'on repeat' the whole evening. What a load of fun and the dialogue is a big part. I can't wait to indulge more in these films that are totally immersed in pure kitsch. I have trouble believing the genre exists - they escalate way beyond being 'so bad they're good' - they are at another level. For the less finicky (I have my doubts Criterion will be picking these titles up), then, just let your hair down and have a lot of laughs.

NOTE: I've been told, from a private source, that this WILL be getting a proper release - with actual, real, materials and a Spanish track... so hold off!

Gary Tooze

 


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