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SS Girls 
Written by: on December 9th, 2006

Theatrical Release Dates:
Italy, 1977
Director: Bruno Mattei
Cast: Macha Magall, Luce Gregory, Vassili Karis, Gabriele Carrara, Marina Duania, Tamara Triffez

DVD released:
May 31st, 2005
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Exploitation Digital
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: The third Reich believes that there are traitors with in their midst. The high command then puts Hans Schellenberg (Gabriele Carrara) is charge of discovering who these enemies’ of the Third Reich are and exterminate them. Hans’ first order of business is putting together a team of ten prostitutes’ who will be trained in the arts of seduction and it will be their job to find out who these traitors are. Will there mission be a success or are they being used by the high command as an ends to a means.

SS Girls a film which also goes under the ludicrous title “Private House of the SS” was directed by Italy’s legendary hack director Bruno Mattei who once again creates so much when given so little to work with. The films plot is not original in the least and it is at times reminiscent to the plot for Salon Kitty. Mattei’s direction while not mind blowing does have its moments. The training scenes with the prostitutes learning how to become under cover agents induce more humor then they should since these moments look downright silly. The acting is pretty poor all around with actor Gabriele Carrara giving one of the most over the top lunatic performances ever committed to celluloid.

This film also features a few actors/actresses like the Peter Lorre looking actor named Luciano Pigozzi and actresses Macha Magall from SS hell Camp and Marina Daunia SS Extermination Camp who appeared in other Nazi Exploitation films. Gianni Marchetti who also composed the score Bruno Mattei’s The True Story of the Nun of Monza supplies another sleazy and eclectic score for the SS Girls. Let’s be honest there is a reason why people watch thee types of films and it’s not because of stellar acting or a coherent plot. Like most genre films Nazi Exploitation has its staple of clichés that its follows to a tee and it is these things that fans of these types of films look for. SS Girls is not as sadistic or violent as other Nazi Exploitation films and it makes up for its lack of brutality with its copious amounts of T&A.

The DVD:

SS Girls is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors look lively and nicely saturated and details look sharp through out. Outside of some very minor instances of print damage the source material used for this transfer is in great shape.

This release comes with one audio option a English dubbed audio mix which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Dialog is clear and the sound is evenly spread out as it never sounds distorted or hollow.

Extras for this release include trailers for SS Girls, SS Hell Camp, Emanuelle & the Last Cannibals, Porno Holocaust and Elsa Fraulein SS. This release also comes with a brief photo gallery which includes eight stills. The main extra for this release is a nine minute interview with director Bruno Mattei who discusses how Mario Costa’s “The Beast” & Tinto Brass’s “Salon Kitty” inspired him to make SS Girls. Other topics Mattei explores I the Nazi exploitation genre and its quick demise.

The one thing that immediately grabs you with this release is its ultra cool cover art which is by far and away the best cover ever to grace any Nazi exploitation DVD release to date. Bruno Mattei’s SS Girls is not top tier Nazi exploitation; still it is not far behind some of the genres best films. Now fans of this cycle of films and Bruno Mattei can finally see SS Girls in all of its glory like they have never seen it before via Exploitation Digital’s superb DVD release.

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