Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 20th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Brazil, 1980
Director: Oswaldo De Oliveira
Cast: Maria Stella Splendore, Marta Anderson, Danielle Ferrite, Neide Ribeiro, Sonia Regina, Marliane Gomes, Nadia Destro, Márcia Fraga
DVD released: January 31st, 2011
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Arrow Video
Region Coding: Region O PAL
Retail Price: £12.99
Synopsis: The warden with the help of the prisons nurse is finding healthy inmates who they are able to sell off on the black market. Sandra is the wardens top officer and she is getting worried about the wardens excessive abuse and deteriorating mental state. The inmates have grown restless and several of them have planned a prison break. The warden has become infatuated with one of the prisoners. The girls trying to escape use this relationship to their advantage. The warden agrees to let the prisoners celebrate mass during carnival and during the ceremony three girls escape from the prison.
This film has it all, cat fights, prison breaks, nude aerobics, lesbians, women showering together, castration and of course which is often in the nude. These are staples in the infamous women in prison genre and director Oswaldo De Oliveira who also wrote the films screenplay weaves a magical tale that is sure the please even the most die hard WIP fans.
Prison is dark lonely place where finding friendship or unforced love is nearly impossible. In this prison there are two kinds of inmates those who seek freedom and those who are sex maniacs. It is this latter group which predominantly populates the prison. There is an inept nurse who takes her job a little too seriously as she searches every crevice for contraband. The warden is a lesbian nympho who takes her pick of the prisons latest arrivals. The films hardcore scenes outside of some minor lesbian moments doesn’t happen tale late in the film. These sex scenes are mechanical and lack any eroticism. A lot T&A and sadism happens over the course of ninety four minutes. Ultimately Bare Behind Bars is a filthy and mean spirited slice of exploitative trashy cinema.
Arrow Video Presents Bare Behind Bars in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors are nicely saturated, black levels look very good and details look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clear and consistent throughout. Range wise this audio mix is rather limited. There are no problems with distortion or background noise.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 34 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a reversible cover with newly commissioned and original artwork; double sided fold out poster featuring original artwork and a collector’s booklet illustrated with original artwork and stills and featuring new writing on the film by artist and publisher Robin Bougie (creator of Cinema Sewer magazine). It should be noted that this release is cut, about 1 and 1/2 minutes and many of these cuts are subtle. Overall Bare Behind Bars gets a audio / video presentation from Arrow Video that is comparable to Blue Underground’s ‘uncut’ DVD release.