Plot: What’s it about?
First off, I have to admit, I am very biased about this title. In the realm of DVD, we often get wrapped up in issues of original aspect ratio, director’s commentaries, and dual layers, and forget what is really important. Now, I love widescreen and I love extras, but some films are just so great, I am just happy to have them on that shiny little disc. Such is the case with the movie I am about to review, Ebony Ivory & Jade. I cannot say enough about much fun this movie is to watch, and I never tire of seeing it, time and again. Now, it must have slipped past me, because until last week, I was not aware of it’s digital release. But as soon as I found out, I made sure this disc was heading into my collection. And who would bring such a fantastic cult movie to the people? Anchor Bay, that’s who. Enough about my obsession with the movie, let’s find out what it’s all about.
At the Hong Kong Olympics, a group of traveling female athletes readies for the games. While they are warming up and such, darker forces are at work, and evil is about rare it’s ugly face. Three world class female athletes end up kidnapped, and then sold as slaves to a group of mean old “sadists,” as the packaging calls them. They are tortured, beaten, and everything else, but these girls aren’t giving up that easily. The three girls (Colleen Camp, Rosanne Katon, and Sylvia Anderson), battle back against their captors, and whup some serious “ghetto booty.” The girls strive to prove once and for all that “they can lick any man alive!”
This movie is also known as “She Devil In Chains,” so fans of that movie, this is your disc! I have been patient, and Anchor Bay has answered my prayers. Fans of female fighters, and dominant females will want to check this disc out. In all, anyone who appreciates ’70’s cinema should give this disc a look. It may be full screen lacking any extras, but this is one movie that I had to have! God Bless Anchor Bay!
Video: How does it look?
Although this movie is presented in a non remastered full frame version, I am pleased as punch. Compared to my previous VHS version, this looks like visual Valhalla. The colors are bright and vivid, as any ’70’s movie should be. The black levels tend to wander onto the brighter side, but overall, the image looks good. This movie is lesser known, and as such, the print has not been well cared for. There are many flecks and nicks in the print. But, I think it adds to the enjoyment, as this seems like the type of movie that SHOULD have nicks and such. I am happy as a clam with this disc!
Audio: How does it sound?
This uses a mono track, and it fits the material perfectly. The dialogue is clear, and sounds very good. My old VHS copy was very muddled, but this disc avoids that by giving me crystal clear vocals. The “bocka bocka” style music sounds great, and when the opening theme rattled away, I was in movie heaven. I know some of you hate mono, and I do when a better track should be used, but this movie is a mono movie, no two ways about it.
Supplements: What are the extras?