We\"ve heard of the jailhouse blues, however this Blu-ray boxset takes points a bit too far...

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Welcome to the civilization of 'Pinky Violence'. The an outcome of mixing with each other two different facets of Japanese exploitation cinema – the brutality that Yakuza crime films and also the sensuality that so-called 'Pink' erotic flicks – the 'Pinky Violence' genre blossomed in the 1970s together Japanese studios attempted come woo local audiences into cinemas with something that their TV couldn't provide them. Standing tallest of all in this genre was the fatal female convict recognized by friends and also enemies alike as Scorpion.

Based top top the manga by Toru Shinohara, the exceptionally stylish Female sinner #701: Scorpion (1972) introduced theatre-goers come the taciturn Sasori/Scorpion (Meiko Kaji), the previous girlfriend of a corruption cop who collection her up to be raped as component of a plan to bust a competitor gang. Finishing up in jail herself, Sasori fends off various other inmates and sadistic guards while planning she revenge. A slick mixture of art and also sleaze, the film was a hit v audiences and also three sequels adhered to in quick succession.

Female prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972) is may be the finest of the bunch and also finds Scorpion and six other inmates on the run in an increasingly surreal story culminating in a brutal bus hijacking. Female prisoner Scorpion: Beast secure (1973) saw collection director Shunya Ito bow out through a nightmarish film entailing incest, a one-armed policeman and also a vicious mrs hoodlum. Manager Yasuharu Hasebe took the reins because that Meiko Kaji's swansong together Sasori, Female sinner Scorpion: #701's Grudge song (1973). A slightly an ext down-to-earth effort, the film lacks the visual flair and over-the-top lunacy of previously instalments in the series.

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Picture: Arrow's 4 2.35:1 Blu-ray encodes are based on a set of low-contrast 35mm prints supplied by Toei Studios and the results are… problematic. Not just are there significant issues with grain structure and density, the movies (especially the sequels) exhibit a very solid cyan push to the colour palette the is not only utterly unnatural, however is unlike any kind of versions the the films that we've watched before.Picture rating: 2.5/5

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Audio: Each title functions a revived LPCM 1.0 mono Japanese soundtrack that does the finest with the resource material. Perfectly acceptable stuff, however hardly likely to get your pulse racing.Audio rating: 3.5/5

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Extras: Arrow's boxset contains fan appreciations, interviews and also trailers for each movie, plus visual essays about actress Meiko Kaji and the …Scorpion franchise, a poster and a 56-page booklet.

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Extras rating: 3.5/5

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We say: problematic transfers take it the shine off an otherwise good set because that fans the 'Pinky Violence' flicks.

Female sinner Scorpion: The finish Collection, arrowhead Video, region B BD & R2 DVD, £60HCC VERDICT: 3/5