'Black Mama, White Mama (2-Disc Special Edition)'
(Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Margaret Markov, et al / Blu ray+DVD / R / (1973) 2016 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries.
Blu ray Verdict: Eddie Romero's 'Black Mama, White Mama' aka 'Chained Women' (1973) is a stylish and funny Women in Prison exploitation flick full of the usual ingredients like violence, cat fights and shower- and lesbian scenes. The movie's highlight is, of course, the great Pam Grier.
Locked up in a brutal prison camp on a tropical island, blonde revolutionary Karen Brent(Margaret Markov) and former black prostitute Lee Daniels (Pam Grier) are constantly having beef with each other. Chained together by the sadistic lesbian prison wardens, the two escape from a con transport. Chased by henchmen of the drug-lord who used to have Lee locked up as a harem-girl, gangsters and the police, the two fugitives have different destinations. While Karen has to find her guerrilla friends, Lee must reach a boat with a case full of cash. On the run, the two have quite some fights, but since they are chained together, they have to get along.
'Black Mama, White Mama' is pretty violent and a typical exploitation flick, lots of shootouts, occasional torture, many cat fights and naked breasts. The acting in this movie differs. Pam Grier is great as always, and so is sexy Margaret Markov as Karen. Sid Haig's performance as Ruben, a slightly insane gangster in a cowboy outfit, is another highlight in 'Black Mama, White Mama' and makes the movie a lot funnier.
The rest of the acting is nothing special, typical B-movie performances, some better some worse. A fan of Pam Grier and lover of blaxploitation classics like 'Coffy' as well as films like 'Jackie Brown', I found 'Black Mama, White Mama' very entertaining. Not one of Pam Grier's best movies, but better than most women's prison' flicks, this is a violent and fun film and definitely worth watching. This is a High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
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
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
PLUS, 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.