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(aka "Abducted" or "Come Play with Us" or "Girls in Chains" or "Let's Play Dead")

 

Directed by Don Jones
USA 1973

 

In a remote country house, a malevolent form of sleaze and terror is being bred. A crazy mother encourages her two sons - raving lunatic Frank (Gary Kent, The Forest) and his not-all-there brother Johnny (John Parker, The Love Butcher) - to kidnap young women and chain them up in the basement. The girls are treated like animals and then subjected to games that grow increasingly sinister and depraved. When the brothers tire of their playthings, the girls must be replaced. This undiscovered exploitation classic is every bit as morally corrupt as you’ve heard. Directed by Don Jones (The Forest, Sweater Girls) and shot by cinematographer Ronald Victor Garcia (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), Schoolgirls in Chains is an entertaining slice of early ‘70s sleaze guaranteed to delight and disturb.

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Theatrical Release: October 1973

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Review: Code Red - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Code Red - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:23.459        
Video

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,935,276,897 bytes

Feature: 22,913,581,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.28 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 2098 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2098 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -27dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -27dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -27dB

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Code Red

 

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,935,276,897 bytes

Feature: 22,913,581,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.28 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Actor Gary Kent and Writer / Producer / Director Don Jones
• Audio Commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Don Jones and R.A. The Rugged Man
• Audio Commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Don Jones and Cinematographer Ronald Victor Garcia
• Making-of Featurette (11:33)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:07)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 23rd, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 15

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Code Red Blu-ray (February 2021): Code Red have transferred Don Jones's Schoolgirls in Chains to Blu-ray. It is described as being a "2K Scan From the Original Negative". This appears to be the same Blu-ray that was released in 2017 - just available on Amazon now. It is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, single-layered but has a high bitrate and looks consistent with surprising moments of rich colors and depth. The source was obviously in decent shape and there is no prominent damage. It's probably a strong replication of the original from almost 50-years ago.  

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On their Blu-ray, Code Red use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. In keeping with the modest production roots, there aren't an abundance of effects. The score is credited to Josef Powell (his only composition credit, although he has done some sporadic acting/TV work) when he sings his own "One Life to Live". Authentically flat - like the video it is clean. Code Red offer no subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Code Red Blu-ray duplicates the 2017 one with three commentaries. The first has writer / producer / director Don Jones and R.A. 'The Rugged Man' Thorburn hosted by Lee Christian of Code Red. It's not taken too seriously with the participants struggling to remember details. The second has actor Gary Kent and Jones again - a bit more intimate but no structure - just talking while watching. The third has Jones, again, and cinematographer Ronald Victor Garcia hosted by Greg Goodsell. More detail, Jones is not keen on the film - but pace is kept up with questions and descriptions of what has transpired with the cast/crew etc. There is also a dozen minute 'making-of' featurette from 2008 with Jones and Gary Kent differing on the value of the film and its legacy. I tend to agree with director Jones. Lastly, is a trailer.

Schoolgirls in Chains is pretty bad - and not in a 'good' way. It's obvious, weak - even in terms of being exploitive (beyond the title and posters) - it shows occasional promise - but let down by all the elements that make a decent feature - like style and cinematography - positives eclipsed by hammy John Parker's performance and poor writing. Its true value would be nostalgic - attractive Merrie Lynn Ross and Cheryl Waters epitomizing the 70's and better aspects of this genre and era. The Code Red Blu-ray will disappoint those with high expectations. The commentaries will only appeal to fans keen on Schoolgirls in Chains. I'm guessing that is a narrow range of genre lovers.

Gary Tooze

 


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