Written by: George Pacheco on March 24th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, September 19th, 1973
Director: Ted V. Mikels
Writer: Jack Richesin, Pam Eddy
Cast: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley
DVD Release Date: March 17th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: 88 Films
Region Encoding: Regions 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £10.30
88 Films has released yet another home video disc for director Ted V. Mikels’ 1973 cheesecake action flick The Doll Squad, tossing their hats into a ring crowded by superior Region 1 Blu Ray from American company Vinegar Syndrome.
Still, it must be said that 88 Films brings to this release a certain level of affinity and love, issuing The Doll Squad with a crisp picture, solid sound and a bevy of extras. The film itself is very much indicative of its early seventies time frame, detailing the exploits of a covert group of lovely, but deadly women who embark upon a secret government mission against-what else?-a megalomaniacal madman!
The script and story of The Doll Squad takes a back seat, of course, to those aforementioned badass beauties, all of whom make up for their lack of legitimate thespian skills with their ability to fire automatic weapons while wearing as little clothing as possible for a secret agent. The cast’s wooden line reading and emotionally detached acting eventually get the worst of Mikels, however, leaving The Doll Squad as something more of a drive in flick curiosity than an essential part of exploitation film history.
88 Films presents The Doll Squad in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. There is some dirt on the print but overall colors look nice, although not as sharp as Vinegar Syndrome’s Blu Ray release. This is to be expected, however, with no foul on the part of the 88 Films crew, who also provide a solid audio track which includes commentary from Mikels himself, although the director does seem a bit disinterested for much of its running time. Mikels’ wooden audio track aside, there is also a “making of” featurette included in the disc’s “extras” menu, as well as an 88 Films trailer reel and reversible artwork, making this a solid outing from 88 Films.