LETHAL LADIES 2 COLLECTION
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
Steve Carver, Cirio H. Santiago
What's it about
A trio of Roger Corman-produced exploitation films featuring supposed femme fatales.
Is it good movie?
I deserve a prize for having sat through these three films.
The Arena: As preposterous and tedious as this film is, it is the only one actually produced by Corman and the only one to actually feature the main actresses taking and proactive actions. It is set in ancient Rome, and a disparate group of women are kidnapped, sold at slave auction, and forced to fight each other as ersatz gladiators. It tries to be comical in places, and have some sort of cockamamie moral about violence, but itís just dumb. Sure, there are tits, even Pam Grierís glorious jahoobies, but theyíre mostly bared when the women are being degraded, and that never gives me chub.
Fly Me: This one starts out a little better, a little more in the straight up sex comedy vein (see what I did there?). Three fun-loving, easily get-nakedable stewardesses on a lay-over (I did it again!) in Hong Kong, and later Tokyo. Itís still not smart, or funny, or empowering to woman, but itís somewhat watchable. Until the subplot about a drug and female slavery ring rears its ugly head (the trifecta!). Just in case you wanted to see women treated like cattle, and having their shirts ripped open against their will. I like boobs. A lot. But not like this. And itís the men who save the date in the end. Spoiler alert. There is some ridiculous kung fu action, and a ridiculously young Dick Smith in a cameo.
Cover Girl Models: It is difficult to distinguish this film from Fly Me. Just remove stewardesses and insert models. Same cross-Italian production, same Hong Kong setting, same director, and lots of the same cast. Of all the three, I think it hates women the least, but thatís not saying much. Theyíre all either stupid or whores, and usually both. Thereís a flimsy spy ring subplot, and some shenanigans with microfilm hidden in one of the modelís dresses, but itís really the same old biz. Women being ordered around by men, and having their shirts ripped off. The kung fu action is more professionally executed, though.
Video / Audio
Video:There are no specific stats on any of the films, other than that they were remastered and presented here in anamorphic widescreen. They look about as good as they are ever going to look, but the master for Fly Me was clearly a huge task to clean up.
Dolby Digital is about all I could figure out. Probably 2.0. No other languages, no subtitles.
In The Arena: This is an 18-minute making of doc for The Arena, featuring Corman, producer Mark Damon, director Steve Carver, and actress Margaret Markov. Itís way more comprehensive than the film merits.
The Arena Commentary with Steve Carver: This is a decent commentary. Carver is proctored by an English chick whose name I didnít catch. Heís a pretty well-spoken guy, and it seemed to me he hardly needed a chaperone to tell his stories.
There is also a trailer, and a TV spot for Fly Me. And thatís all, folks.
The title of this disc, if read literally, looks like Lethal 2 Ladies, and I think that is more accurate that Lethal Ladies 2. This is a collection of exploitation films from the 70ís, which all strike me as kinda sorta hating women. There are women as gladiator, as stewardesses, as models, and they all get demeaned by men and if they arenít all too happy to get naked, thatís no problem, they have their clothes forcibly removed. If thatís your thing, then have at it. It ainít mine.