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DVD Review: Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat

13 April 2011 4:40 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Fresh off pimping out upcoming Shout! Factory releases, here's my review of one of their recent releases.  This DVD rocks!I'm going to go in reverse order on this one, because I can.  Caged Heat is a fantastically entertaining American Women in Prison film.  It isn't as exploitative as some of the nastier European stuff, but it is really, really fun to watch.  The film stars Erica Gavin of Russ Meyer's Vixen, has a supporting role for an uncharacteristically unattractive Barbara Steele, and was directed by a very young Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), and is a master class in how to make a movie move.The plot is an excuse to stage car chases, show women in showers, and have elaborate emotionally wrenching gun »

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Joshua Reviews Shout! Factory’s Jackson County Jail / Caged Heat! [Roger Corman Cult Classics DVD]

28 March 2011 8:15 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

While he may be best known for his low-budget, science fiction pictures, nothing truly says Roger Corman or his New World Pictures brand quite like the prison, or in the case of both Jackson County Jail and Caged Heat, women-in-prison, film.

Paired together in a brand new addition to Shout! Factory’s long running DVD line known as Roger Corman’s Cult Classics, the two cult features have finally seen the light of day in a relatively respectable single DVD set, that while the films themselves may not be perfect, they are unlike anything you’ll ever get a chance to check out.

The real star of the set here is the cult classic, Caged Heat.  Directed by Jonathan Demme (Something Wild), the film follows Jacqueline Wilson, who is sent to a women’s prison following a conviction on drug charges.  Joining a crew of fellow inmates, the team fights against the warden, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Could a Russ Meyer biopic, directed by David O. Russell, be the 'Ed Wood' of sleaze?

27 March 2011 9:09 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

I usually make a point of not commenting on movies that haven’t been made yet, regardless of how promising they may sound. Yet when I learned that director David O. Russell, coming off The Fighter, was in negotiations with Fox Searchlight over the possibility of directing a feature film based on the life of Russ Meyer, the eccentric king of ’60s and ’70s sexploitation B movies, I thought, “Wow, now that is a film I’d love to see!” It sounded like it could be the Ed Wood of sleaze, a celebration of the raw and vital trash underground of American filmmaking. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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