Fugitive Girls (1974) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Fugitive Girls (1974) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: A.C. Stephen
Starring: Rene Bond, Jabie Abercrombe, Tallie Cochrane
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome and Limited to 2,500 Units

Beautiful Dee is implicated in a fatal liquor store shooting committed by her boyfriend. Sent to an all-female work camp, she quickly finds herself at the mercy of four other violent and sex-crazed prisoners who force her into their daring escape plan. Once on the outside, the five fugitives embark on a brutal and sex filled rampage across the countryside, while making their way to a mystery site rumored to have a buried suitcase full of money!

Fugitive Girls (also known as 5 Loose Women) is your typical old school women in prison/on the run film from 1974 in a lot of ways. We open up with a sex scene and then we see a woman and her boyfriend go to the store. He ends up holding the place up, killing the clerk, and she takes the wrap for it. That sets forth the plot we have. From there we got to prison where she arrives just in time for the ladies to be about ready to try to leave the place. She gets forced into some lesbian action and then they all go on the run where they do such things as steal cars, meet hippies, and even do home invasions. This movie has a little bit of everything it seems. It also has a whole lot of what you could call softcore or erotic action going on as well. Basically, it has enough plot to keep things moving but don’t forget it is one of THOSE kinds of movies. I still found it enjoyable at the end of the day.

One thing that keeps it interesting is that our leading lady is at least sympathetic. You feel bad for her, plus she’s hot, so you keep watching just waiting to see if she’ll get killed, make it out of it, or what. That’s what holds this one together. And while it is erotic in tone and content it never does seem to overly cross that line into anything you’d consider too pornographic. Outside of that, we have a transfer that looks good. Way better than you’d expect a film like this to look but not surprising with what Vinegar Syndrome does. You also get a commentary track with Frank Henenlotter of Basket Case fame to listen to if you want to give it another once over with some added flavor. It won’t be for everyone but solid regardless.

Extras

– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
– Commentary track with: Frank Henenlotter (Exploitation filmmaker) and Rudolph Grey (Ed Wood biographer)
– Archival audio interview with Tallie Cochrane (actress), moderated by Casey Scott
– Original theatrical trailer
– Original promo trailer
– English SDH Subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 98%