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Ms 45 [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]

Albert Sinkys    Blu-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Sinkys
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOT15IM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,762 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Angel Soars! 5 April 2014
By Rich
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Beautiful HD re-master of Abel "Driller Killer" Ferrara's stunning New York set revenge drama.

Thana, a beautiful deaf seamstress from the big apple's garment district has the misfortune of being sexually assaulted twice in the same day. Once by a masked hood, (Ferrarra hiding behind his Jimmy Laine pseudonym) and then later by a housebreaker who upon realising the doe eyed mute can't tell anyone, decides to cut his losses on a poor haul. The assaults prey havoc on her mental health and she begins to see all men as the enemy, not that there are a lot of examples to the contrary in Ferrrara's sleazy New York.

Treading the finest of lines of any rape-revenge movie and driven by an incredible silent performance from Zoe Lund, (then Zoe Tramerlis) Ms. 45, retitled Angel of Vengeance in the UK remains a masterpiece of grindhouse themes stylishly executed in the arthouse mode.

A bloodily empowered Thana starts to comb the city for miscreants. But as the body count rises, the full blooded ardour of the audience wanes as the realisation sets in that this girl is really heading down the wrong path. By the time she meets a depressed drunk, (a startling turn from Jack Thibeau) who pours his heart out to her in front of the Hudson river, viewers will be starting to squirm and don't even go there with Phil the dog!

There's plenty of rotten big apple charm here with loads of quirky characters and the movie alternates between highly stylised sequences such as the Central Park shootout, to stolen verite looking shots on the mean streets. Death Wish is the obvious kick off point for this, however Ms. 45 is a much better movie than all the rest of it's exploitation peers.

Drafthouse's Blu-ray scores exceptionally well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly region locked. 13 April 2014
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Zoe Tamerlis Lund plays Thana, a mute seamstress who is raped on her way home from work. Then, after arriving at home in shock she is confronted by a burglar who rapes her again. Striking out in rage and terror Thana kills her attacker. After disposing of the corpse she keeps his gun and as her mental state deteriorates she uses it in a bloody killing spree on the men of the city.

Director Abel Ferrara started his film-making career with Driller killer, a film that took the low rent punk aesthetic of New yorks underground film scene, mixed it with the sleazy low rent charms of the 42nd street grindhouse and topped it off with an intelligent tale of a tortured artist going mad in an environment where his work is not appreciated. With Ms.45 he delivers a film that continues with the punk, exploitation style of Driller but instead crafts a tale of urban isolation and violence. Thana has no voice, an isolated lonely victim she becomes a hunter through necessity. While most revenge films of the time take a cathartic approach to violence, Ms.45 seems to view it as an act of total self destruction.

Sadly Alamo Drafthouses Blu-ray is locked region A. A real shame as the film has NEVER looked better. If this is the standard for their future releases they are a label to watch. While not overloaded with extras it has two short films with Zoe lund and some interviews as well as an excellently produced 32 page book with essays on the film. Anyone not in love with the sleeve art should also be made aware that it is reversible and has the original art on the reverse. Personally I like both options equally.

Overall, if you can play region A discs then this is one I highly recommend picking up. Drafthouse are releasing THE VISITOR, which is on its way to me as I type this and i'm definitely looking forward to it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Adept Revenge Drama From 1981: An Over-The-Top Exploitation Flick Bolstered By A Strong Female Lead 1 April 2014
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
In the seventies and early eighties, a sub-genre of the action exploitation market was the revenge thriller. In mainstream movies, the Death Wish franchise which kicked off so strongly in 1974 kept Charles Bronson seeking vigilante style justice for almost two decades (with less and less payoff for its audience). And underground filmmakers also found a natural niche in these violent endeavors. One of the most notorious pictures of the era was 1978's "I Spit on Your Grave," where a woman strikes back against those who have violated her. These are but a few of the many highlights of the genre, and both were significant precursors and influences for director Abel Ferrara's similarly themed "Ms. 45." From 1981, this movie may be less well known than some of the bigger titles, but it still stands as an interesting example of vigilante excess. A new DVD/Blu-ray label, Drafthouse Films, is giving us a second look at this somewhat forgotten film and offers us quite a few extras including interviews and featurettes.

The heroine of "Ms. 45" is a mute young woman working in New York's fashion district. So unprepossessing and retiring, she barely makes an impact at all as the movie begins. Of course, the screenplay makes the streets of New York very mean indeed with over-the-top scenarios that have virtually every woman mauled any time she steps out into public. Trust me, there's nothing subtle here. Early on, the young seamstress named Thana (well played by ZoŽ Lund) is brutally attacked not just once, but twice in about fifteen minutes. I told you these were mean streets! As she lashes out in self-defense, it will forever change the course of her life. She finds a new sense of purpose and female empowerment as she takes back the night from the criminal element using a trusty 45 caliber gun. But as Thana enjoys a newfound confidence, it also comes at a cost. Will her lust for blood against the men who have wronged women everywhere push her over the edge? As Thana is mute, we see the subtle (and some more obvious) shifts in her demeanor and this character evolution is what makes "Ms. 45" stand out. Is Thana growing stronger or simply slipping into insanity? It's a fine line and an interesting point to pursue.

I won't reveal any more about "Ms. 45," but the movie is also assisted by Ferrara's unique visual flourish, a propulsive soundtrack, and Lund's adept performance. This was an early effort for Ferrara's who went on to do some great movies (Bad Lieutenant) as well as some painfully obtuse ones (4:44 Last Day on Earth). Here, he takes advantage of the expectations within the low budget exploitation genre and tweaks them with subversive glee. "Ms. 45," though, is certainly a product of its time. It is both garish and over-the-top, but it does work with its modest goals. As Lund transforms, the movie (though not perfect or polished) is hard to look away from and, in my estimation, that is what makes it worth a viewing for those with an interest in this type of filmmaking. KGHarris, 3/14.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Edited. Don't Buy 18 April 2012
By Mickey Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Every exploitation junkie knows the awesomeness of the 1981 underground rape-revenge thriller MS. 45 starring the late and beautiful ZoŽ Tamerlis Lund. Unfortunately we're living in a nanny state where the censors think they know what's best for us. As if we can't handle the original uncut versions so they need to be our mommys and daddys and cut out key scenes so we don't get nightmares. I bought this one because it was an Import and was hoping for the best. Yup I was wrong. I guess the VHS is the only way.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad transfer, wonder if it's edited... 29 Oct 2010
By Monty Britton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a hard movie to watch. Cut or uncut. This could be why it has a cult following in this twisted world of ours. This Korean import is matted at over 1.85 pillar-box (you can zoom to fill your 16:9 tv with little image lost) and it still look pretty good. I took off a star because it is not anamorphic. I have not seen a 4:3 letterbox in a LONG time. I wonder if this is the cut version? Leonard Maltin has the running time as 84 minutes, this version runs at 80 minutes. Cut or uncut, this is one violent little film...but it's good!
Why can't a good company give this a good DVD release with director commentary and special features is beyond me. I knew to avoid the Image version because of the editing...this too could be edited-I wouldn't know. Got it for under 20 bucks and its not bad for the price.
This is a treasure for the director's fans, until a good version comes out this will have to do.Ms .45 aka. Angel of Vengeance (1981, Import , All Regions)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A too little-known female revenge classic 14 Oct 2011
By profmax - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms.45(DVD)
In the 1980's I saw this in London in about the only cinema that put it on, double-billed with Ferrara's slightly earlier equally notorious "Driller Killer". Personally I hated watching "Killer" even though some perceive (gruesome) black humour in it and it is available on DVD in the UK. "Ms" was hardly 'cheery' viewing either but I thought it was far more compelling and better made, having a certain kinship with Polanski's fine "Repulsion" (1965,b/w) about another deadly female protagonist (a very young Catherine Deneuve) that tears into your heart. These are superior to anything that Michael Winner used to dish up. Ferrara's location filming in New York eschews shots of the Twin Towers and makes the city a quirky character in its own right (Polanski's London flat setting being more deliberately claustrophobic). Ferrara does a great job with his mute gun-toting lead Zoe Lund (then Zoe Tamerlis) a seething flame preying on her male moths. She was never in anything as memorable again and sadly died early, apparently of substance abuse.
M. Britton seems to have enjoyed a well-projected showing of this movie. The Korean DVD to me does not seem at all deficient, it is pretty much as I remember from the 1980's and stands up well. I am surprised that it is still not available for PAL-only players.
Paul Williams, Eastbourne, UK.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY GOT THE TREATMENT IT DESERVED 8 April 2014
By Caligula II. - Published on Amazon.com
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The 2014 edition from Drafthouse finally gives MS. 45 (aka ANGEL OF VENGEANCE) the treatment it deserves on DVD and Blu-ray.
First and most important it restores the alibi cuts imposed on the movie the dreadful MPAA (including the rather harmless shot in the leg, which was notably cut out in the R rated prints), making this the first uncut print available in the US since its Unrated VHS release.
The picture quality is an improvement, yet not perfect, but probably the best it will ever be.
Fans outside America and Canada be warned - this Blu-ray/DVD is region A/1. (The French DVD is region B, Uncut and in English).
Definitely Abel Ferrara's best picture next to BAD LIEUTENANT and KING OF NEW YORK, MS. 45 has one of the most memorable finales ever filmed.
Actress Zoe Tamerlis (Lund) (R.I.P.) was the ideal cast as the main character, her portrayal of Thana is convincingly realistic and the psychological aspect is brought to screen very well, something that most rape and revenge movie just lack.
MS. 45 is one of the best movies in the revenge/vigilante genre, right up there with Charles Bronson's DEATH WISH.
There also is a 2000 DVD release available from Image Entertainment which is to be avoided (badly cut R rated version).
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