Blu-ray Review: ESCAPE FROM WOMEN’S PRISON

ESCAPE FROM WOMEN’S PRISON (aka Jailbirds, Women Against Women: A Story of Sex and Violence) was written and directed by Conrad Brueghel (aka Giovanni Brusadori) and stars Lilli Carati, Marina Daunia, Zora Kerova, Ada Pometti, Artemia Terenziani, Ines Pellegrini and Filippo De Gara. The movie was produced by Dick Randall.

When four hardened female convicts escape and take a women’s tennis team hostage, they’ll force the girls into a nightmare of lesbianism, Marxism and murder.

This 1978 Eurosleeze sexploitation sleezefest follows a group of female convicts that escape from prison and take a bus of young female tennis players hostage. They take the bus to the house of the judge who sent them to prison in the first place where they hold up and dish out all kinds of torture, punishment and a lot of sex. The poor judge is the only man involved so you can only imagine what he goes through at the hands of some of these grudge-holding no-goods.

What happens is, some of the escapees don’t get along so well because everybody wants to be in charge and one of them decides she’s had enough of this and takes the side of their hostages. Needless to say, there’s a lot of betrayal and backstabbing within the ranks. The convicts start taking each other out and this is when the hostages, and their new ally, take control of the situation without any outside help from the cops that have the place surrounded as they wait for anyone who attempts to escape.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Escape from Women’s Prison has been given a 4K scan of a dupe negative seized from notorious NYC distributor 21st Century Film Corp. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were good. There are a few lines and grain throughout the watch but I didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Escape from Women’s Prison ended up being another first time watch for me and this one is everything you’d think it would be. The movie is light on the plot development and quickly throws these escaped convicts and their hostages in a mansion together where everything takes place. It’s nothing more than back and forths as we watch these women get naked for no reason at all, have sex, betray each other and even get the munchies. There’s also a little blood! There’s also a redemption story at the center of it that I really liked even though it didn’t end well for this particular character. As cheesy as all of this sounds, it’s still an entertaining watch because they just don’t make ’em like this anymore. This is 70’s Italian sexploitation sleeze at its best, or worst, depends on how you look at it. Escape from Women’s Prison will be available on Blu-ray on April 30th plus Severin Films is also offering it with a limited edition slipcover and you can check it out HERE.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:!) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English Dub DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include the Italian cut of the movie, an interview and trailer.

  • Le Evase: Italian cut (1:34:12)
  • Freedom, Sex & Violence: Interview with Director Giovanni Brusadori (33:10)
  • Trailer (03:37)
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