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Amazon Jail 
Written by: on June 2nd, 2006

Theatrical Release Date: Brazil, 1982
Director: Oswaldo De Oliveira
Cast: Elizabeth Hartmann, Maurício do Valle, Sandra Graffi, Lígia de Paula, Elys Cardoso, Shirley Benny, Márcia Fraga

DVD released: May 30th, 2006
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Women are being promised work only to find out when it is to late that are now being held prisoners. They are being sold into slavery to the highest bidder. One woman briefly escapes before finally being caught. When she was caught she was with three local girls whose families have gone to the police to file missing girl reports. The slave traders are now forced to act quickly before the police raid their compound and during the commotion some of the women get away into the near by jungle. Will they find their freedom in the jungle or is there something more sinister waiting for them there?

It is hard to believe that the same person responsible for directing Bare behind Bars also directed Amazon Jail. If ever two similar films made so closely together could ever be so different. Women in Prison films like most genres have certain standards that should be followed if the film wants to be successful. Amazon Jail is devoid of any real torture sequences and there very little nudity in this one compared to the copious amounts on display in Bare Behind Bars.

The English dub included for this release does provide most of the films entertainment with many of things being said being so ludicrous and down right silly it is hard not to laugh. One thing that really spoilers this one is that a few of the girls are defiant to their captors and instead of beating them tell they obey. Their captures do a lot of threatening and complaining about the prisoners conduct.

Overall Amazon Jail is nothing more then a serious of escape attempts dragged out over ninety three minutes.

The DVD:

Blue Underground presents Amazon Jail in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. This transfer has been sourced from pristine materials and it is the complete uncut version of the film. Colors look nicely saturated and flesh tones look healthy. Black levels are solid and the image looks exceptional clear and clean. There are no problems with compression, artifacts and edge enhancement is minimal.

This release comes with one audio option an English dubbed audio language track which is presented here in a Dolby Digital mono. The music and effects sound evenly balanced with the rest of the mix. Dialog is razor sharp and easy to follow. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other sound defects.

Extras consist of the films original trailer which is also in English like the film.

Blue Underground’s Amazon Jail release is on par quality wise with their Bare Behind Bars release. Unfortunately the film is a sanitized attempt at a WIP film which totally ruins the overall mood. If you want to see a WIP film that is sleazy and brutal watch Bare Behind Bares instead of Amazon Jail.

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