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Amazons/Barbarian Queen (1986) - Blu-ray Review

Amazons/Barbarian Queen blu-ray

Smokin’ babes with REVEALING outfits BADASS swords?  Count me in!

The myths! The legends!  The NAKED women!  Everything hangs out in this blu-ray twofer offering from the Roger Corman vaults of Shout! Factory and Corman’s fans have plenty of supple flesh to give thanks for as naked thighs and boobs take the lead in two heroic quests! 

"Sure, sure both Amazons and Barbarian Queen are merely cheap exercises to provide voyeurism to the perverted masses (myself included), but the sorcery flicks work more often than they should"


Things get started with the FILTH and FURY that is director Alejandro Sessa’s Amazons.  Written by Charles Saunders (Stormquest) and starring Mindi Miller as Dyala and Penelope Reed as Tashi, Amazons might be low in budget, but its Conan the Barbarian vibes are firmly in place as both Miller and Reed handle all manner of staffs and swords in this fantasy offering as they go on the adventure of a lifetime to find the sword of Azundati and defeat the evil wizard threatening their community.

And, lo and behold, the Amazons might be HOT, but they are not immortal!  They can be defeated and, in this development, we have all sorts of interesting things happen to their community thanks to the ghosts and the threats that the evil wizard named Kalungo (Joseph Whipp) and his demonic minions have in store for the Amazon city of Imbissi.  But, with the sword of Azundati in hand, these two babes prove to be an unstoppable force.

And the TRASH continues with the next film in the twofer!  Think it couldn't get ANY lower?Amazons/Barbarian Queen blu-ray

Barbarian Queen, which stars the gorgeous Lana Clarkson as Queen Ametha who witnesses her entire kingdom burned before she is captured, TORTURED, fondled, and then - when she has desperately had enough - leads an uprising of slaves to their freedom against the hapless men who originally captured her and her people, who are led by Lord Arrakur (Arman Chapman, who “hams” it up as often as he can).  Gladiator has nothing on this!

Remembered for a couple of bare breasted scenes of extended torture with a METAL claw and the resulting vat of acid, Barbarian Queen is strictly for the Corman completists  . . . or for the deliciously entertained degenerates out there in trashly flick land.  Because, yes, this flick is definitely of the lowbrow quality.  

Directed by Hector Olivera and featuring a topnotch score from James HornerBarbarian Queen has the CHEESE and the SLEAZE to make for some warm apple pie should the mood strike some serious Dawn Dunlap ogling.   

Sure, sure both Amazons and Barbarian Queen are merely cheap exercises to provide voyeurism to the perverted masses (myself included), but the sorcery flicks work more often than they should thanks to  an interesting take on these mythical creatures.  But, they STILL make for cool viewings.  That's what happens when sword & sorcery gets saucy!  Amazons and Barbarian Queen make their blu-ray debut thanks to Shout! Factory

UPDATE: This limited release is now SOLD OUT at www.shoutfactory.com!

4/5 beers

 

Amazons/Barbarian Queen blu-ray

Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- March 30, 2021
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English
Audio:
Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Mystery and excitement await as you enter the fantastic medieval world of the Amazons, where magic reigns supreme and betrayal looms at every turn! In order to defeat an evil wizard (Joseph Whipp) and his vicious minions, the Amazons must recover a talisman sword that has been lost for 500 years. Only the beautiful young warrior, Dyala (Windsor Taylor Randolph), has the vision needed to retrieve the sword. She is joined on her mission by the lovely Tashi (Penelope Reed) on a perilous journey against the power of the wizard's magic, the savagery of fierce tribesmen and generations of family rivalry.  And, in Barbarian Queen, Queen Amethea (Lana Clarkson) sees her world dissolve – her groom imprisoned, her village razed, and her friends attacked and slaughtered. Becoming the Barbarian Queen, she vows revenge and retribution, enticing and then destroying her adversaries.

Video:

Framed in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, this transfer looks pretty solid.  Colors are bright enough and lines are clean.  The black levels are also consistent.  As we go from one desert locale to another, it should be noted that there is a lot of the natural word on display here.  Yellows, browns, and specks of dust are dominant.  The female flesh is also supple, complete with pores and western-inspired close-ups.

Audio:

A mono track for the dialogue and the music from Horner works to create a solid twofer.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

Both feature deleted scenes and trailers.

  • Amazons Deleted Scenes
  • Barbarian Queen Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers

Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 2/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3/5 stars

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