Posted Mon Dec 28, 2015 at 06:00 AM PST by Steven Cohen
The Blaxploitation flick is making a break for it on Blu-ray in March.
In an early announcement to retailers, Arrow Video is preparing 'Black Mama, White Mama' for Blu-ray on March 22.
Before her iconic turn in 'Coffy,' Pam Grier starred alongside Margaret Markov in a grindhouse spin on Stanley Kramer's 'The Defiant Ones,' fusing the Women in Prison film with the emerging Blaxploitation movement for a riotous romp of bullets, babes and blood!
Lee (Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Markov), a revolutionary, are admitted to a tough women's prison where almost immediately (after some playful showering that prefigures Porky's) they clash. Packed off to a maximum security prison, their transport is ambushed by Karen's guerrilla friends and the two escape into the Filipino jungle. Chained together and with differing escape plans their clash intensifies as Lee wants to retrieve a stash of stolen cash to get her off the island and Karen wants to re-join her revolutionary group. Escape isn't easy as they come up against a series of obstacles including a corrupt cop, a bounty hunter, a sadistic Drug Lord and guerrillas who threaten to turn everything upside down.
Chock full of girl fights, gun battles, nudity and humour, 'Black Mama White Mama,' which was also known as Women in Chains and Hot, Hard and Mean, lives up to all its titles as well as featuring a brilliant Sid Haig (Spider Baby, House of 1000 Corpses) as a cowboy bounty hunter and Lynn Borden (Frogs, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry) as a lesbian guard from a script co-written by Jonathan Demme (Caged Heat) and a score sampled by Quentin Tarantino for 'Kill Bill.'
The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature 1080p video, an LPCM mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Commentary by filmmaker Andrew Leavold, director of The Search for Weng Weng; White Mama - An interview with star Margaret Markov; Sid's Filipino Adventure - An interview with star Sid Haig; The Mad Director of Blood Island - A previously unseen archive interview with director Eddie Romero; Trailer; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; and the first pressing also includes a booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Temple of Schlock s Chris Poggiali and extracts from the original press book, illustrated with archive stills and posters.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $29.95.
You can find the latest specs for 'Black Mama, White Mama' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under March 22.
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