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Category:    Home > Reviews > Drama > Erotic > Adult > Italy > Exploitation > Sexploitation > Spain > Satire > Mongolia > All Ladies Do It 4K (1992/aka Cosi fan tutte/Cult Epics 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray*)/Jailhouse Wardress (1981/Blu-ray/*both MVD)/The Sales Girl (2021/Film Movement DVD)

All Ladies Do It 4K (1992/aka Cosi fan tutte/Cult Epics 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray*)/Jailhouse Wardress (1981/Blu-ray/*both MVD)/The Sales Girl (2021/Film Movement DVD)

4K Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B-/C+/C Sound: B-/C+/C+ Extras: B-/D/C- Films: C+/C/C+

Here's a new group of erotic dramas that yield mixed results...

Tinto Brass' All Ladies Do It 4K (1992) gets a nice upgrade by Cult Epics in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray set that tops the old, basic, import DVD we reviewed in this long out-of-print Brass DVD set you can see more about here...


As I said in my older review, the story...

''...has married woman Diana (Claudia Koll) happy with her marriage to Paolo (Paolo Lanza), but she still wants to try things with other men and the results (like the film) are mixed.''

It is still interesting to watch, no matter its flaws or flat points, but seeing it more vividly in these better transfer, it is all the more compelling. Claudia Knoll leads the exceptionally striking, sexy, beautiful women featured here and looking great, more well-photographed than you will see women captured in motion than almost anywhere else. Especially in 4K, that is now the way to see this film.

Extras (per the press release) include...

  • New Audio Commentary by Eugenio Ercolani and Troy Howarth

  • Theatrical Trailers (including the one from the old DVD set)

  • Interview with director Tinto Brass (2001)

  • Outtakes All Ladies Do It

  • Photo Gallery

  • Double-sided sleeve with original uncensored Italian poster art

  • 20-Page illustrated booklet with liner notes by Eugenio Ercolani and Domenico Monetti

  • Slipcase

  • AND the 4K Ultra HD First pressing Exclusive: 4 Repro Italian Lobby Card prints.

Jess Franco's Jailhouse Wardress (1981), is another wild exploitation piece from the iconic Spanish filmmaker, whose work spans over one hundred films, almost all of which fall under the cult / exploitation categories. This X-rated film has plenty of nudity and scenes that many would find disturbing or inappropriate, but if you are familiar with Franco's work this is pretty standard and a lesser effort than other films he made.

Jailhouse Wardress stars Lina Romay (Jess Franco's wife and frequent collaborator) and Didier Aubriot, Eugenie Laborde, Michael Bates, and Monica Swinn.

A woman accused of murdering her father (Romay) hatches a scheme to escape a prison which is headed by a vicious Wardress, Nazis, and a male nurse she has to trick.

Sadly, Jess Franco's massive film library isn't available under one sole distributor and so various cult film companies (Severin, Arrow, Blue Underground, Synapse, Vinegar Syndrome and others) have released some of his more renowned works such as Vampyros Lesbos, She Killed in Ecstasy, Count Dracula, Shining Sex, and Faceless to name a few. Needless to say, if Jailhouse Wardress catches your fancy then you should swim into the deeper pool of Jess Franco (or likely you're another fan such as myself adding the films slowly to your home movie library.)

Special Features: Trailers.

Lastly, Sengedorj Janchivdorj's The Sales Girl (2021) is cynically trying to deconstruct the sex industry and sex films, et al, as college coed Saruul (Bayartsetseg Bayangerel) accepts a job at a sex shop (they still exist all over, even in the cyber age, though there are less of them) as the owner of the shop tries to teach her more about real life and how fake this profitable world of graphic-yet-formulaic sexual imagery and commodification is.

There are some moments here that work, the actors are good and you can believe this is a real shop, but this runs over two hours and unfortunately, is so much we have seen before. That is what bored me and disappointed me, though at least it was not wallowing in exploitation and was trying to do more than the usual such film. See at your own risk.

Extras include an Original Theatrical Trailer for this and three other Film Movement releases, but a text statement by the director on the film is inside the front cover.

Now for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.85 X 1, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on All Ladies Do It 4K is beautiful, brings out how well shot the film is and even the 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image regular Blu-ray image shows improvements over the old, PAL format 540i image that was better than any U.S. DVD that could have been issued at the time, but is now fuzzy (no pun intended) and very dated.

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono and 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes in Italian and lesser English dubs are all included here, but the Italian tracks are the best and not too different. I liked both and maybe the stereo a little more. The film will never sound better than this.

Jailhouse Wardress is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc (BD-25) with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a full-frame aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (1.42:1 and lossless audio mixes in English (dubbed) LPCM 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 16-bit) and French LPCM 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 16-bit) with English subtitles. The transfer is certainly not struck from a new 4K scan and looks a bit rough around the edges. You can tell this was a bare-bones production and the film on disc looks to have a standard up-resolution from the previous scan. This certainly is not on par with other Franco films on disc from other labels that have had more detailed transfers.

Lastly, the anamorphically enhanced 2.00 X 1 image on Sales Girl is just too soft for its own good despite some good color quality, while the lossy Mongolian/Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mixes are about even and better, but not by much.

- Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Jailhouse)



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