Women in Revolt (1971)

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Released 6-Feb-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama None
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1971
Running Time 98:53
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Paul Morrissey
Studio
Distributor
Andy Warhol
Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring Paul Morrissey
George Abagnalo
Penny Arcade
Betty Blue
Maurice Braddell
Jackie Curtis
Candy Darling
Jane Forth
Johnny Kemper
Martin Kove
Jonathan Kramer
Duncan MacKenzie
Sean O'Meara
Case Amaray-Opaque-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    When writing a review, I try to do the material justice, by placing it in its historical context and trying to appreciate the film as it was intended to be appreciated. Sometimes it is just too difficult. Thinking about what I was going to write about this film led me to the same words over and over again: tawdry, lurid trash.

    The film is ostensibly about the women's liberation movement. However, the three leading female characters are all played by transvestites who were prominent in the Andy Warhol collective: Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis.

    The story concerns the efforts of these three women to break away from the shackles of their men. Candy (for example) wants to be a movie star. Together they decide to become lesbian career women. The film is shot in an improvisational style, which means that there are a few blurred shots, a lot of waffling on about nothing in particular and some very poor and undisciplined acting. The audio is also poorly recorded, making this a chore to watch. This looks like someone's amateur home movies, and I guess that that is essentially what this film was.

    The direction is by Paul Morrissey, though some sources suggest that it was co-directed by Andy Warhol, who is credited as a producer. Morrissey wrote the turgid script, though as I mentioned above a lot of it seems to be improvised.

    If you think from the above that I did not like the film, you would be right. But it has its supporters. Some people find it funny and entertaining, even thought-provoking.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.37:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. The original aspect ratio seems to have been 1.37:1, so we are not missing much here.

    The film is not very sharp and some of it looks quite murky and indistinct. It appears that it was transferred from a VHS tape. Grain is a constant problem, as is video noise. There is some minor aliasing, but nothing especially severe.

    Colour is adequate, so the original transfer to video must have been from decent material, although dirt and other film artefacts are present.

    The film is presented on a single-layered disc with no subtitles. The absence of subtitles is an issue for this film, as it was poorly recorded and a lot of the dialogue is indistinct.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There is a single audio track in glorious English Dolby Digital 1.0.

    As mentioned above, dialogue is often unintelligible due to the poor original recording. The dynamic range of this recording is severely restricted, with a loss of body to the sound. It is often quite boxy-sounding.

    There seems to be no music score for this film and obviously no surround nor subwoofer use.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    No extras are provided.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film has been released on DVD in Region 1 by Image Entertainment in the early days of DVD: 1998. I have only found one review of this disc, but the link is broken. I suspect that the transfer will be different from this one (i.e. better), but as I cannot be sure I will have to call this a draw.

Summary

    This underground film should have stayed buried in my opinion. Other reviewers and some critics can see something in this that I cannot, so make up your own mind.

    The video quality is quite poor.

    The audio is difficult to understand, though I do not think the digital transfer is to blame.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Philip Sawyer (Bio available.)
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
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DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony 86CM Trinitron Wega KVHR36M31. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player, Dolby Digital, dts and DVD-Audio. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V596 for surround channels; Yamaha AX-590 as power amp for mains
SpeakersMain: Tannoy Revolution R3; Centre: Richter Harlequin; Rear: Pioneer S-R9; Subwoofer: JBL SUB175

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