Lee Daniels (Grier) is sent to jail on a harsh tropical island for being a tough ass prostitute and will suffer not only from the heat but the sadistic lesbian guards, beatings and communal showers. This would have been bad enough but alongside having to put up with Karen (Markov) a terrorist and revolutionary, its just too much. So Daniels plans an escape to freedom and another island far away from here, only problem is Karen is along for the ride.
Now yes some will call this sort of stuff knock about nasty, while others will call it offensive. This is naive and wrong. It is a film that wants to express the sheer anger and horror of the post war world and its divides. The 60s tried to correct this and as the film this is a send up of The Defiant ones showed, it didnt work. So film makers resorted to more violent and anti establishment fair like this to get the message across.
Arrow treat us with some of the best Blaxploitation money can buy. We already have had the Bond send up Sheba Baby, now we have this. This film has it all, tough women, great shoot outs, nuns kicking heads in and much more. Think of it as a film that takes everything with a pinch of salt and that way challenges gender, race and cultural stereotypes. It deserves to be watched only for its film act which has a superbly over the top grenade, boat and shotgun fest of the order you rarely see today.
Arrow have delighted that fans of this film with a high definition transfer that lets the blood splatter look red and glowing. The commentary is great and worth a revisit for some of Leavold’s insightful points on the relationship the cast have to the genres of 70s lore. The director interview also had me in a trance and for a film lover is worth exploring…
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with filmmaker Andrew Leavold, director of The Search for Weng Weng
- White Mama Unchained: An interview with star Margaret Markov
- Sid Haig’s Filipino Adventure: An interview with star Sid Haig
- The Mad Director of Blood Island: A previously unseen archive interview with director Eddie Romero
- Gallery featuring promotional images and the original press book
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips