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Movie Bad Girls – Volume One (Sins Of Jezebel/Queen Of The Amazons)


Picture: C     Sound: C-     Extras: C     Films: C each



Following trends coming in as widescreen films arrived, Reginald LeBorg’s Sins Of Jezebel (1953) was a quick cash-in on Fox’s CinemaScope hit The Robe, while Edward Finney’s Queen Of The Amazons (1947, miscredited as 1951 on the DVD case) was trying to become that first female Tarzan film so many studios tried to pull off and never did.  Both have been collected in VCI’s new Movie Bad Girls – Volume One, both B-movies produced by Robert Lippert.


Though neither are great, they are amusing in their small B-movie ambitions and smaller stars like Paulette Godard, George Nader, Robert Lowery and Patricia Morrison are more watchable than most new actors today just by not being plastic and bored-looking.  The titles suggest female-centered stories, but this is more about kitsch and excess than anything remotely resembling feminism.  Still, it shows what you can do with a low budget, even when so much can look dated.  If you want to be amused, they are worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on Jezebel was processed in AnscoColor, but that color is as dull as the detail here.  At least this is in print on DVD, but work for a future HD version will take some doing so we can see how well Cinematographer Gilbert Warrenton (Panic In Year Zero!) used color here.  Amazons is 1.33 X 1 and black and white, more typical of low-budget productions of the time and has fairly good Grey Scale and Video Black, if not spectacular.  Detail is again an issue, but it is watchable enough thanks to Cinematographer Robert Pittack, who knows how to shoot monochrome.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is more strident and broken up than expected, down a few generations from whatever the original audio was.  Extras include bios, stills and trivia for each, plus text and an essay on producer Robert Lippert.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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