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5 Films 5 Years Volume #2: Muthers, The – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 27th, 2018


Theatrical Release Date: Philippines, 1976
Director: Cirio Santiago
Writer: Cirio Santiago, Cyril St. James
Cast: Jeannie Bell, Rosanne Katon, Trina Parks, Jayne Kennedy, Tony Carreon

BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98


Synopsis: The two black women who run a pirate crew try find one’s sister who has been abducted to a slave coffee plantation island. There they team up with two more sistas in an effort to both escape and seek revenge.

If your voyage into Philippines-based Women In Prison (WIP) films has previously charted the rich waters of Jack Hill’s New World films The Big Doll House and The Big Bird Cage, then the next destination should be Women In Cages. All three films benefit from the able navigation of producer Cirio Santiago, but beware lest you be hijacked into a screening of The Muthers. Produced, written, and directed by Santiago this is a quickly thrown together free-for-all where the only lasting impression is that of utter confusion. The script is a mish-mash that makes no sense, the action scenes literally feature everyone just running around in circles firing in all directions, and the end result is cinematic chaos.

There is a saving grace for this very mediocre effort, and that is the foursome of black women who make this clunker not only watchable but somewhat interesting. Jeannie Bell (Playboy Playmate of the Month October 1969) had previously starred in Santiago’s TNT Jackson. Rosanne Katon (Jack Hill’s The Swinging Cheerleaders) would later be Playmate of the Month September 1978. Jayne Kennedy (Group Marriage) was a minor celebrity as beauty queen, sportscaster, and eventually a Playboy cover girl (July 1981). Last but not least is Trina Parks who holds her own against her more experienced sistas. Each of these characters get moments of empowered bravado which makes the whole thing almost bearable.

Fans of any of the four actresses or of black actresses in general should appreciate aspects of this rare offering.

The BluRay:

Note: The Blu-ray portion of this review was written by Cliff Wood

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Vinegar Syndrome are releasing limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collections, that have five films that they had previously released only on DVD.

The five films are spread over two 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray’s. All of the films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen and all of the film’s have been scanned and restored in 2k from various film elements.

The source used for The Muthers is in excellent shape, colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp, grain looks natural and black levels are consistently strong throughout.

The audio mix sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout. And English SDH subtitles have been included for this film.

Disc A (44.1 GB), contains the following films, The Muthers and Murder on the Emerald Seas.

Disc B (44.6 GB), contains the following films, The Dungeon of Harrow, The Hangup and Flesh and Bullets.

The focus of this release are the films and this film’s trailer has not been ported over from its previous DVD release.

Overall another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

Note: This set is limited to 2,500 units.

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