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Bury Me An Angel (1971)

Dag Bandy means business!

Opening with a wild party in which stoned bikers try to bed a bunch of women, Bury Me An Angel pulls a quick double-cross on its audience as the party ends when someone’s head gets blown clean off.  WHAT?!  It's from out of nowhere and as shocking as it sounds.  Suddenly East-West Pipeline audibly blasts louder in the background as Dag Bandy (Dixie Peabody, Night Call Nurses) sees red. She’s just witnessed the murder of her brother over a motorcycle he stole for her!

"this female-driven revenge flick is the bridge between Easy Rider and Coffy"


And Bury Me An Angel, written and directed by Barbara Peeters (Humanoids from the Deep) and produced by Roger Corman, is how she goes about getting her revenge.  It's also the first female directed biker flick.  Dag's brother might have stolen that people bike from the wrong dude, but none of that is reason enough for his murder.  With fists tightened, this trippy film pulls no punches as Dag goes out into the wilds of California’s biker scenes FOR REVENGE!

Episodic and filled with funky 1970’s exploitative neo-realism elements, this female-driven revenge flick is the bridge between Easy Rider and Coffy and, as it is seriously Peabody’s vehicle to drive, the film's brutal intensity gets uncomfortable for some audiences really quickly.  It's raw and it's real.  Especially the domestic issues which Dag faces before embarking on her road trip.  She’s been holding onto a lot of guilt concerning her brother’s past behavior and now it is all unleashed as she goes in search of the creeps responsible for her brother’s murder.Bury Me An Angel (1971)

Accompanied by a couple of harmless yet loyal jokers - Jonsie (Terry Mace) and Bernie (Clyde Ventura) - on her journey to this biker-themed bloodbath, Dag won’t be stopped.  Her character is a welcome anomaly when it comes to exploitation flicks.  Her partners respect her.  No one takes advantage of her and, hell, she holds her own with a pool stick, too.  There’s nothing she can’t do and, when she’s in the mood, she even instigates a massive bar fight.

From backwoods cops (Luther “Corky” Williams) to her own mother, her restless intentions are never sidelined for long.  With brief appearances from Beach Dickerson (who put up some money for the flick) and a young Dan Haggerty (who gets buck naked with Dag), none can stop her from taking down The Killer (Stephen Whittaker).  The acting might be all over the place and so too might be some of the vignettes, but this biker flick hits hard and unleashes an unforgettable finale.

Bury Me An Angel is limited to 1500 copies on its blu-ray debut.  Complete with a new 2K scan from the interpositive, you can practically smell the chrome and cold steel as it unwinds.  Scoop this revenge flick up while you can.  This tale of biker's gone wild is worth the roadside splurge while cruising down the highway straight to Hell.

4/5 beers

Bury Me An Angel (1971)

Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory!
Available on Blu-ray
- November 16, 2021
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Dag Bandy (Dixie Peabody, Night Call Nurses) is red-hot passion and cold-steel anger all rolled into one explosive six-foot frame ... a hellcat with a major score to settle. Faced with the killing of her brother, Dag has been pushed over the edge and onto the open road, ready to make the killer pay. With a pair of sidekicks in tow, Dag roars, brawls, and terrorizes her way across the countryside on a mission of bloody, violent vengeance. God help any man, woman, or child who stands in her way!

Video:

Bury Me An Angel arrives on Blu-ray in 1080p HD preserving the film’s original 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  A noticeably vast improvement over the standard DVD, Shout! Factory’s HD 2K transfer has superb detail and bright colors with a good amount of pop to them.  The elements show some speckle from time to time, and a few brief scenes are a tad soft, but this looks to be inherent of the original cinematography.  It doesn’t appear that the picture has been tweaked or modified in any way, and the grain structure is well maintained.  

Audio:

The DTS HD 2.0 Master Audio track is fairly strong, delivering the dialogue and the guitar and drum driven score with nice clarity.

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Commentary:

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Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 0/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

3/5 stars


Film Details

Bury Me An Angel (1971)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: Chris Addison
Writer:
Mark Frost, Daniel F. Bacaner
Cast:
Stanley Shapiro; Paul Henning; Dale Launer; Jac Schaeffer
Genre
: Comedy | Crime
Tagline:
They're giving Dirty Rotten Men a run for their Money.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I had no idea how small time I was until I met you."
Theatrical Distributor:
MGM
Official Site: https://www.thehustle.movie/
Release Date:
May 10, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 20, 2019.
Synopsis: In the hilarious new comedy THE HUSTLE, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

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Bury Me An Angel (1971)

 

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