Plot: What’s it about?
This special limited edition release houses four rarely seen, but often mentioned films in one fell swoop, known as The Pinky Violence Collection. The traits shared between the films are numerous, femme fatales, wild visuals, 60s camp, and of course, violence. You’ll see topless go-go dancers in knife fights, female bikers on the loose, and all the female on female violence you can stand. I had a blast with this collection, as the movies are insane at times, so four in a row was total chaos. Panik House has thrown in a nice booklet and a special CD to boot, but the real attraction is the cinema on showcase and since the movies look and sound terrific, The Pinky Violence Collection earns a high recommendation. I have included a brief synopsis below for each of the four films included in this release.
1. Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess- In the final chapter of the Girl Boss series, Rika has been released from prison and is back on the streets. She seeks out her old mates, but discovers they have hit hard times, each in a real predicament. Her friends have run into trouble with the yakuza, which means they have to do whatever they can to pay off their debts. But when their backs are up against the wall, will Rika and her friends roll over, or will they take up battle against the yakuza?
2. Girl Boss Guerilla- The Red Helmet Gang has just invaded Kyoto, but this is not a vacation, as the all girl gang plans to make a splash. The leader is Sachiko , a tough as nails chick who intends to take the fight to the local gang, not wait around. Sachiko challenges the leader of the rival gang to a fight and the two have it out, topless no less. Although Sachiko wins the brawl, she soon learns her crew is still low on the chain, as they have to kick up to the local yakuza. But as pressure mounts and things begin to heat up, a confrontation seems imminent, though which side will survive?
3. Terrifying Girls’ High School: Lynch Law Classroom- When young girls show signs of discipline problems, there is always The School of Hope. The reform school takes in the worst of the worst, the most troubled girls out there and promises to turn around their lives. The school keeps the girls in line with a special Discipline Committee, a band of sadistic students who torture those who break the rules. But when a trio of girls arrive and decide to fight the system, can the school end their rebellion?
4. Criminal Woman: Killing Melody- Maki has just arrived in prison, a sentence she earned when she stabbed a gangster with a butcher knife. Soon after her arrival, she is involved in a vicious fight with an inmate named Masayo. The two try to slash each other to death with glass shards and while Masayo is the better fighter, Maki is too determined to lose, no matter how intense the pain becomes. Her performance impresses some of her fellow prisoners, so a new group is soon formed. Down the road when Maki is released, she meets up with her friends to settle some scores, but can she make things right?
Video: How does it look?
All four films are presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. Panik House has conjured up some superb visual treatments here, a lot more impressive than I expected. The prints look very good and while you will see imperfections from time to time, the flaws are minimal. The image has a touch of softness, but not much and on the whole, the visuals have good depth and detail levels. I love the bold colors and the hues have a lot of spark here, while contrast is smooth and consistent. I anticipated passable, but not remarkable transfers, but these movies look terrific here, kudos to Panik House.
Audio: How does it sound?
We have Japanese mono soundtracks all around, which prove to be more than sufficient. This is a much cleaner, clearer presentation than I had expected, as very few age related defects can be heard. I heard a few minor pops and moments of harshness, but given the age of the material, this is a superb effort. Even the smallest sounds can be heard with ease, so nothing is ever drowned out or lost in the shuffle. This is good news, as the films use a lot of background effects to add to the atmosphere of scenes. The music is simply awesome at times, so I was thrilled to hear it presented in such crisp, clear fashion. No worries on the dialogue front either, as all the vocals are sharp and never muffled. This disc also includes optional English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
You can find an audio commentary track for each movie, but in the end, none prove to be that worthwhile, even if informative. I found the sessions to be decent, with a lot of focus on cast and crew, but the information was not new insight. If you’ve seen more than a few films of this kind or done any research at all, then you probably know most of the stuff talked about here. Even so, it is cool to have supplements for these movies and for genre newcomers, the tracks would be more useful. This release also includes talent files, still photos & artwork galleries, and all four films’ theatrical trailers.