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Wonder Women (1973) - Blu-ray Review

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There’s no way in hell you can convince me that director Robert O’Neil’s Wonder Women isn’t inspired in some part by the uproarious camp of Batman, the television show.  This B-movie might be the only film in history that sexualizes the game of chess.  It is indeed a maniac of goofy grooves.  Monsters!  Mad scientists!  And an island full of the hottest of women!  Count this asshole in for the ride and Vinegar Syndrome absolutely delivers an absolute treasure to audiences with this their stellar restoration of a drive-in classic. 

"the absolute gonzo legacy of Wonder Women lives on with this fine release! Spies and thighs?! Sounds like a date to me."

From the frilled collars of Sid Haig’s fancy dinner outfit, to the 14 athletes turned zombies let loose on an island just off of Manilla, this flick has EVERYTHING a B-movie enthusiast could EVER ask for, including a funktastic soundtrack courtesy of composer Carson Whitsett.  It is absolutely insane and I love it for going to the places it does without apology.  Just sit back and enjoy the ride through the martial arts as even the rules of science fiction get rewritten by these ass-kicking babes.

James Bond ain’t got shit on these machine gun carrying chicks.  Specially trained in kung-fu and the ancient art of brain sex, this secret group of badass babes do more than tear up the jungles of the Philippines, they revel in it as they do the bidding of Dr. Tsu (Nancy Kwan), a super brilliant lunatic (and disgraced surgeon) who has made a lot of money harvesting the body parts of athletes for the rich.  No part of the human anatomy goes unused.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. {googleads}

Dr. Tsu even keeps her failures alive, naming them and housing them in a prison just off her lab.  But when a Lloyd's of London insurance investigator, Mike Harber (Ross Hagen), hops in bed with one of the girls, Linda (Maria De Aragon), the sparks that are created between the two of them threaten to burn all of Dr. Tsu’s plans and parts to the ground. 

Wonder Women (1973) - Blu-ray Review

Mistakenly thought (by its distributors) as a serious film about brain transplants, Wonder Women is absolutely nutso with, especially in this its 90-min European cut, more nudity than its PG-rating suggests.  The 70s camp factor is high and so too are the colorful background lights, the go-go boots, and all the disco dances.  There is a prolonged chase sequences through the wild streets of Manila and a bizarrely slowed down cock fight.  Even the Karate is laughably performed.  None of that matters, though.  This film is all about the laughs it generates as one hell of a spacy vibe is stoked AND stroked here.

Featuring performances from Haig, Roberta Collins, and Vic Diaz, the absolute gonzo legacy of Wonder Women lives on with this fine release!  Spies and thighs?!  Sounds like a date to me.



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Wpnder Women (1973) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: PG.
82 mins
: Robert Vincent O'Neil
Lou Whitehill
Nancy Kwan, Ross Hagen, Maria De Aragon
: Action
Kung Fu girls on the rampage..!.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Doc, I'd hate to come to you with a headache."
Theatrical Distributor:
General Film Corporation
Official Site:
Release Date:
April, 1973
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 28, 2018
Synopsis: While traveling to Australia, American detective Mike Harber (Ross Hagen) finds himself stranded in The Philippines and obliged to assist in solving the mysterious disappearance of a famous Jai alai athlete. After hearing from a witness that the man might have been kidnapped by a group of beautiful, hearse driving women, Mike quickly finds himself a new target of the Wonder Women, a group of martial arts fighting assassins who work for the mysterious Dr. Tsu (Nancy Kwan); an evil genius scientist who’s been collecting able-bodied men for use in her bizarre body part transplant experiments!.


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Wonder Women (1973) - Blu-ray Review


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- August 28, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
: English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

This region free Blu-ray/DVD combo release from Vinegar Syndrome features a newly scanned and restored transfer presented with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  The crispness in the transfer, as this was minted in 2k from 35mm camera negative, is absolutely grand.  The scene with the babes in the swimming pool is a standout.  The depth!  The textures in the skin and the bathing suits are not to be understated.  Colors are saturated.  Black levels are even.  And the new detail reveal a stunning transfer.  Even the mono funk soundtrack deserves applause.



  • The commentary is provided by director Robert Vincent O’Neill and is a great listen.

Special Features:

This release includes the Extended European version (90min) and features a raw Q & A session from a 2007 screening of the movie which features Robert Vincent O’Neill, Nancy Kwan, Ross Hagen, Roberta Collins and Sid Haig briefly discussing the movie.  The release features an embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.).  The blu-ray release is limited to a mere 1,500 copies and is only available for purchase at VinegarSyndrome.com.

  • 2007 Q&A
  • Extended European Version
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Multiple TV spots
  • Still Gallery


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Wpnder Women (1973) - Blu-ray Review