Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 9th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1990
Director: Hajime Tabe
Writer: Hajime Tabe
Cast: Eve, Masami Hisamoto, Nezumi Imamura, Peter, Masahiro Satô, Naoto Takenaka
DVD released: January 25th, 2005
Approximate running time: 197 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Unearthed Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Devil Doctor Woman consists of nine brief vignettes that are hosted by a narrator that is dressed in drag and calls himself Devil Doctor Woman. There is wide variety of diseases discussed during this film including such aliments like a man with multiple personalities that take over various parts of his body. Other diseases include a man with a talking face attached to his belly and there is a group a patient’s who are proud of their diseases that they try top the next person’s illness. All nine segments are interesting for the most part with the Multiple Personality Syndrome being the most entertaining of the lot. The gore is at best cartoon like in its execution and it lacks the visceral nastiness that the Guinea Pig serious is known for. The dark humor is one of Devil Doctor Woman’s strongest assets. The direction is surprisingly good considering the low budget nature of this film. The segments at times feel rushed and are too brief. The longest segment in the film Progressive Rotting Zombie Disease could have been cut down some as its drags near the end of the piece. Overall I found nothing shocking in Devil Doctor Woman.
Guinea Pig’s Greatest Cut’s is essential a greatest hits package for the entire Guinea Pig film series. It consists of Devil’s Experiment, He Never Dies, Flower of Flesh & Blood, Android of Notre Dame, Mermaid in a Manhole and two clips from Devil Doctor Woman. This is a nice introduction that gives a detailed over view of the whole series and for the most part the clips have been broken down to their simplest form as most of the dialog has been removed. Degradation, self mutilation and sadistic torture of woman are the images that sum up the Guinea Pig film series. This series is not for the faint of heart and if it doesn’t pull you in immediately with its voyeuristic sadism then it never will win you over.
Devil Doctor Woman is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The image is in great shape considering the films low budget shot on video limitations. The colors are strong and details for the most part are crisp. The image is from of print defects and there appears to be no problems with compression. Guinea Pig’s Greatest Cut’s is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The quality varies with each release that is represented in this documentary with the newer Guinea Pig films exhibiting the best transfers overall. The colors remain constant and details look sharp through out. The image is from of print defects and there appears to be no problems with compression.
This DVD transfer is progressive scan.
Both releases come with their original Japanese language track and are presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. The audio sources are clean and dialog is always easy to understand. There are no problems with distortion or hiss. Overall event though the audio is limited at times it more then gets the job done. For some reason Guinea Pig’s Greatest Cut’s doesn’t come with any subtitle options which normally would be a big problem, but since most of the films is made of clips without dialog. Following what is going on is not that hard. Devil Doctor Woman comes with English subtitles that are easy to read and follow.
In the extras department is where this DVD really excels. Extras include a photo gallery with six stills, and an extensive seventeen page text extra that gives a detailed overview of the Guinea Pig film series. Over extras include a trailer gallery that includes the following titles Devil’s Experiment, Android of Notre Dame, Mermaid in a Manhole, Flower of Flesh & Blood #1, Flower of Flesh & Blood #2, Making of Guinea Pig, Black Sun: Nanking Massacre, Electric Dragon 80,000 Volts, Evil Dead Trap 2, Rubber’s Lover, Ichi 1 and Junk. Rounding out this DVD loaded with extras is The Making of Devil Doctor Woman which runs about the same length as the film Devil Doctor Woman. We are treated to behind the scene look at the film being shot and the execution of some of the films special effects. Unearthed Films have put together an impressive package with their Devil Doctor Woman/Guinea Pig’s Greatest Cut’s double feature that is sure to please the most hard core fan of this series.
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