Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lust For Freedom (DVD Review) - Vinegar Syndrome

Directed By: Eric Louzil
Written By: Craig Kusaba, Duke Howard, Eric Louzil
Starring: Melanie Coll, William J. Kulzer, Judy Trevor
Color/91 Minutes/Not Rated
Region FREE
Release Date: April 8, 2014

The Film
Gillian Kaites is a special agent who is engaged to her partner but with just days before their wedding her fiancee is gunned down during an undercover operation gone bad. Gillian takes some time away to clear her head and ends up in Georgia County California, a town ran by a corrupt judge and police force. Gillian is framed for a drug crime she didn't commit and denied any rights. Gillian is beaten, stripped naked, and just like the rest of the girls miserable. The judge of the town participates in sex trafficking, drug dealing and general debauchery until Gillian rallies the girls to take back their rights and their lives!

LUST FOR FREEDOM is a Troma production, directed by Eric Louzil who would go on to direct Class Of Nuke 'Em High 2 and 3. This women in prison movie has all of the classic tropes of the genre from the torture and beatings to the lesbian sex scenes but also features a hefty dose of humor. It is a lighter take on the genre (if that is possible with as much T&A and violence as this movie features) than many other WIP films. The soundtrack plays a big role in the film, as it helps keep the mood light with it's purely 80s hair metal sound. The theme song is catchy as hell and will make you want to drive a tank as fast as you can into the walls of this prison and give the girls their freedom! LUST FOR FREEDOM isn't going to blow you away with it's high production values or originality but it will give you a good time along with a bit of exploitation fun. 

The Audio & Video
The anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 transfer from Vinegar Syndrome is decent considering the low budget nature of the film. The image quality is a bit soft but it seems to be more of the film itself and not anything having to do with the transfer. The source material seems clean for the most part with very few scratches or instances of debris. The audio side of things is a mono track, free of any background noise. It isn't special, but it handles the dialogue and soundtrack as well as it probably ever has. Overall a more than serviceable job from Vinegar Syndrome.

The Extras
-Newly recorded audio commentary with director Eric Louzil
-Video interview with Lloyd Kaufman
-Original theatrical trailer

The Bottom Line
I recommend fans of Troma and women in prison films to check this one out and add it to their collections.


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