Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 9th, 2017
Theatrical Release Dates: Philippines / USA, 1972 (The Woman Hunt), Philippines / USA, 1974 (TNT Jackson)
Directors: Eddie Romero (The Woman Hunt), Cirio H. Santiago (TNT Jackson)
Cast: John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Sid Haig, Charlene Jones, Laurie Rose, Lisa Todd, Alona Alegre, Ken Metcalfe, Eddie Garcia (The Woman Hunt), Jeannie Bell, Stan Shaw, Pat Anderson, Ken Metcalfe, Max Alvarado, Chiquito, Percy Gordon, Imelda Ilanan (TNT Jackson)
DVD released: June 7th, 2017
Approximate running times: 72 minutes (The Woman Hunt), 68 minutes (TNT Jackson)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio (Both Films)
Rating: R 15+ (Australia)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (Both Films)
Retail Price: $24.99
The Woman Hunt was directed by Eddie Romero whose other notable films include, The Twilight People, Black Mama White Mama and Savage Sisters. Key collaborators on The Woman Hunt include, screenwriter Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Coffy) and cinematographer Justo Paulino (Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Beast of the Yellow Night). The screenplay for The Woman Hunt was adapted from author Richard Connell’s short story, The Most Dangerous Game.
Content wise, The Woman Hunt has many of the elements that have since become synonymous with the Women in Prison film sub-genre. There is never a shortage of depravity and when it comes to exploiting its female casts more than ample assets.
And without a doubt this film greatest strength is its cast, who are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Eddie Garcia in the role of a Spyros, a wealthy man who has put together his ‘dangerous game’ of hunting beautiful women. He is most remembered for his performance was Captain Cruz in the film Black Mama White Mama. And with The Woman Hunt, he delivers an equally sadistic performance that is utterly convincing.
Another performance of note is Lisa Todd (The Doll Squad, The Devil’s Rain), in the role of Magda. This character is the only female character who is not subjected to brutality enforced on the other women. And it is her bound with Spyros that delivers this film’s most powerful moment.
Other notable cast members include, John Ashley (Dragstrip Girl), Ken Metcalfe (Enter the Ninja) and Sid Haig (Foxy Brown) are cast in the roles of three men hired to kidnapped and ensures that the women are on their best behavior. And Pat Woodell (The Roommates), Charlene Jones (The Unholy Rollers), Laurie Rose (The Working Girls) and Alona Alegre (Black Mama White Mama) in the roles of various women who have unwilling become the prey.
TNT Jackson: A young woman goes to Hong Kong in search of her missing brother who disappearance is linked to underworld crime syndicate.
TNT Jackson was directed by Cirio H. Santiago whose eclectic filmography include, The Muthers, Vampire Hookers, Hell Hole, Firecracker, Caged Fury and Naked Vengeance. Key collaborators on TNT Jackson include, cinematographer Felipe Sacdalan (Women in Cages, The Big Bird Cage) and composer Tito Sotto (Blind Rage).
TNT Jackson is a combination to two sub-genres that reached their apex in the 1970’s, Kung Fu cinema and Blaxploitation. Premise wise, the film retreads was has become all too familiar ground. Fortunately, the film’s relatively short running time ensures that this film never overstays its welcome.
Other strengths of this film include, its well-executed action set pieces and its leading lady Jeannie Bell (Trouble Man, Mean Streets) in the role of Diana ‘TNT’ Jackson. She delivers a strong performance that exudes with confidence and the film also uses her more than ample psychical assets to exploit her sex appeal. And nowhere is more evident, then during a scene where thugs sent by the crime syndicate try to ambush a naked TNT Jackson in her hotel room. And to even the odds she fights them naked in the dark, after she turns off the lights.
Other notable cast members include, Pat Anderson (Fly Me) in the role of Elaine, a woman who has her own ulterior motives for infiltrating the crime syndicate and Stan Shaw (Truck Turner, Snake Eyes) in the role of Charlie, an ambitious henchman who thirst for power puts him in the cross heirs of TNT Jackson.
Both films are presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Framing wise, both of these films appear to be open matte presentations. The transfers used for both of these films come from analog sources and though they are presented on a dual layer DVD. The end results leave a lot of room for improvement. It should be noted that TNT Jackson has ghosting issues that vary in degree and these issues are most noticeable during action heavy scenes.
Both films come with one audio option each, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly enough to follow; background noise is mild and there are also some mild instances related to distortion.
Extras for this release are limited to trailers for each film.
Overall The Woman Hunt and TNT Jackson, get lackluster audio / video presentations.
Note: The first two screenshots are from The Woman Hunt and the last two screenshots are from TNT Jackson.