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  • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Tatsuya Fuji
  • Directors: Yasuharu Hasebe, Toshiya Fujita
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KHRI0SK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The Stray Cat Rock series stars Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Blind Woman s Curse) who with these five films began her reign as the badass action queen of the era. In these five tales of rebellious youth she stars alongside the gorgeous Bunjaku Han (Love Letter) and Tatsuya Fuji (In the Realm of the Senses).

In Delinquent Girl Boss, the girl gang go up against criminal organisation the Seiyu Group, following a fixed boxing match blood is shed and friendships are tested. In Wild Jumbo, Kaji and the gang get involved in a kidnapping and the robbery of a religious organisation. InSex Hunter Kaji s girl gang go up against The Eagles, a group led by Fuji where sex and violence erupt over the treatment of half-breeds . In Machine Animal gang rivalry is once again the focus with two gangs pursuing some LSD pushers looking to move a big score. The series swansong, Beat 71, sees Kaji framed and sent to prison by her boyfriend s father and with the help of some hippies she strives to be re-united.

Directed by genre veterans Yasuharu Hasebe (Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701 s Grudge Song) and Toshiya Fujita (Lady Snowblood) the films feature a psychedelic mix of girl gangs, bikers, sex, drugs and rock and roll with plenty of ass-kicking to boot, all captured in a delirious mash up of pop aesthetics including split screens, freeze frames, injections of colour, frenetic editing and dizzying angles, making these films a riotous joy from beginning to end.

Special Edition Contents:

  • Limited Edition Blu-ray (2000 copies only)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all 5 films in the Stray Cat Rock series, available in the English speaking world for the first time
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • New English subtitle translation of all five films
  • Interview with Yasuharu Hasebe director of Delinquent Girl Boss,Sex Hunter and Machine Animal
  • Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films
  • Original Trailers for all five films
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp

Review

The five part Stray Cat Rock series set the trend for delinquent girl action films. Other studios, especially Toei with their sexed up pinky violence films, would soon follow Nikkatsus example. --The Deuce

>The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid! --NYff

Impeccably stylised and undeniably cool --Tom Mes (midnighteye)

>The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid! --NYff

Impeccably stylised and undeniably cool --Tom Mes (midnighteye)

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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By blah^^ on 16 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Stray Cat Rock: The Collection Blu-ray
United Kingdom
DigiPack / Limited Edition of 2000 / Blu-ray + DVD Arrow | 1970-1971 | 5 Movies | Rated BBFC: 18 | Oct 27, 2014

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Five-disc set (2 BDs, 3 DVDs)

Playback
Region B (A, C untested)

Special Features

- Wild Jumbo Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Sex Hunter Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Machine Animal Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Beat '71 Trailer (3 min, 1080p)
- Yasuharu Hasebe Interview (29 min)
- Tatsuya Fuji Interview (30 min)
- Yoshio Harada Interview (33 min)

27-Page Booklet
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Antony on 29 Jan. 2015
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Nice to finally have all 5 stray cat rock films in one collection. All films are uncut and very good clean transfers. The extras are somewhat disappointing however. Couldn't they get one interview with Meiko Kaji? Even a vintage one?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Achim Vogtner on 9 Jan. 2015
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sundeep johal on 15 Jan. 2015
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Did come on time but biggest disappointment was that the booklet was missing from the collection box.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
70s Japanese flicks offer low-budget action 13 July 2015
By The Movie Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
“Stray Cat Rock: The Collection” contains five Japanese biker films. The first, “Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss,” was originally a response by Nikkatsu Studios to rival Toei Studio’s “Delinquent Boss” series. Because of its popularity, four additional films in the series were made. “Delinquent Girl Boss” takes place in Tokyo where rival youth gangs are always trying to outdo each other in toughness. An all-girl gang led by Mei gets involved with dangerous types when her boyfriend Michio wants to join a powerful yakuza organization but inadvertently loses the gangsters’ money in a fixed boxing match. Mei and gang jump to the rescue as they take on the gangsters. The plot covers only two days and involves endless fights, chase scenes, and tough talk. It contains an underlying feminist theme along with pretty dark subject matter.

The other films in the series are basically stand-alone efforts. The second film, “Wild Jumbo,” is very different in tone with lots of humor and zany goings-on. Some of its scenes are reminiscent of classic silent comedy. The third installment, “Sex Hunter,” is best known here in America because it’s been available on DVD. It contains bizarre costume design, violence, and sex. Its soundtrack contains jazz-infused rock and group sounds, particularly Golden Haif, a mixed-race girl group popular in Japan at the time. The other films in the collection are “Machine Animal” and “Beat ’71.” Because the films have a short running time, they end well before their welcome is worn out and are entertaining for their over-the-top action. Performances are far from Academy Award-caliber, but that’s part of the fun. The movies, made in 1970 and 1971, have a washed-out look that resembles Hollywood exploitation pictures of the era. All films are in Japanese, with English subtitles.

Special features on the five-disc Blu-ray set include new English subtitles for all five films; interview with Yasuharu Hasebe, director of “Delinquent Girl Boss,” “Sex Hunter,” and “Machine Animal;” interview with Tatsuya Fuji, star of all five films; original trailers, and collector’s booklet.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Arrow USA's best value to date, Stray Cat Rock packs a lot of punch for a reasonable price. 15 July 2015
By Ruined - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Since it's inception Arrow USA had quite a few interesting releases, but none of them were a total package homerun for the price in my book.

Stray Cat Rock, however, delivers the goods. 5 films are included, all of the Japanese biker gang variety; I paid $44, making the entry price less than $10/film. If you ever saw Synapse's Pinky Violence Collection and liked it, you probably would also enjoy this set as well. If you have never seen movies of this nature, it is probably worth looking up a few trailers on YouTube, as you will know very quickly whether it interests you or not.

In terms of the package, you get a 5-disc set (2 Blu-rays with 5 films, 3 DVD with the same 5 films). You get a ~25 page booklet with full color photos and text. A number of extras are included, however I did not check these out. Picture quality is good with preservation of grain structure and color without compression artifacts. Presentation is Japanese with subtitles.

Overall I really like Arrow's effort here and felt the pricing was fair. I knocked off one star, however, as the packaging is a bit nightmarish. First, the outer cover and cardboard that holds the disc trays together is very thin and does not look like it will hold up over time. Second, the trays themselves instead of using a standard hub have clips on the sides and the discs slide in. Take one disc out and it is very easy for the one behind it to fall out or get jostled and scratched; further, taking out a disc is not as easy as a traditional hub design. Overall, a bit too much form over function and I would have preferred a 5-disc Elite case with a nice slipcover instead of a custom case that is difficult to use and could potentially get damaged or even damage the discs over time.

On the whole though, this is Arrow's best value offered in the USA to date and worth the asking price. Recommended.
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