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Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshu Sasori Daishijuichi Zakkyobo)

Genre: Adult Drama

Reviewed In Issue 47 (April 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Meiko Kaji, Kayoko Shiraishi, Yuki Kagawa, Hosei Komatsu, Hiroko Isayama & Fumio Watanabe

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 1.5
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer and liner notes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID8966VFDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/15/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Shunya Ito
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 is based on the comic book tales by Tooru Shinohara and is one of a series of films based on the main character, Matsu (Kaji), a mysterious woman known to her fellow inmates as Scorpion. Poor Matsu, set up by her revenge-minded boyfriend, she is wrongly convicted of a crime and is sent to an abysmal prison where the women are beaten, raped, and subjected to deplorable conditions by the guards. With quiet determination, she leads some of the woman in an amazing escape, but only after killing the most brutal of the horrible guards. The women take refuge in a deserted village where Matsu

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is smeared and undefined. Overall, the picture has a flat appearance that is wanting in clarity and definition. The color scheme exhibits poor balance, with hues that occasionally appear oversaturated with undefined colors. Contrast and shadow delineation are poorly rendered. Source element dirt, artifacts, and scratches are evident throughout. (Suzanne Hodges)

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