LADY STREETFIGHTER BLU RAY REVIEW

Renee Harmon was a war bride. She then became an acting teacher and finally, she starred in a bunch of, frankly, awful films. The most famous, is not LADY STREETFIGHTER, nor its infamous, unreleased THE REVENGE OF LADY STREETFIGHTER. She is know for video nasties completist FROZEN SCREAM, a film so bad its good, apparently.  Renee Harmon gave the idea for that film and wrote LADY STREETFIGHTER (albeit with little credit). Then again  director James Bryan ( another shlock jockey in directing DON’T GO IN THE WOODS another nasties fave) also lacks a decent credit. LADY STREETFIGHTER sees Linda (Harmon), a cop on the trail of the ruthless scumbags who murdered her twin sister for her part in an apparent heist.

They all work out of an escort agency in  downtown LA and, well Linda has to crack the place before she can get to these evil scumbags. When they botch an execution at the start, its hell to pay for everyone involved. What you get is a bunch of fly kicking, gun toting, body jerking nonsense that is fodder for the so bad its crowd. Do not get me wrong, making a film is hard work. Making a bad film is harder still. This has little redeemable joy and the sequel, THE REVENGE OF LADY STREETFIGHTER, a sliced and diced up version of the original, with additional footage, is no better. But, then I listened to the commentary track and understood the zinging inspiration and idolisation of restoration.

The new 2K really doesn’t improve the films productions values, nor is it trying to. The white outs, dull grain and weak light are all there in abundance. AGFA attest that this is their goal. Restore warts and all. Yes genital warts and all. Its goal is to get genre films respected, and I think it will but it needs to pick the best and boldest. I get why people love ‘so bad’ films, but this film is not for the logical brained or those with a sense of humour.

Special Features:

New 2K scan from the only 35mm theatrical print
Commentary track with director James Bryan and the AGFA team
Street Fightin’ trailers from the AGFA vaults
Liner notes by Annie Choi of Bleeding Skull

Bonus Movie – Revenge of the Lady Street Fighter (1990)

The unreleased sequel, scanned in 2K from the original 35mm camera negative

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