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Chained for Life [VHS]

3.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Violet Hilton, Daisy Hilton, Mario Laval, Allen Jenkins, Patricia Wright
  • Directors: Harry L. Fraser
  • Writers: Albert DePina, Nat Tanchuck, Ross Frisco
  • Producers: George Moskov
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Studio: Rhino Video
  • VHS Release Date: June 11, 1997
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001YXEN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Studio: Rhino Video

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Format: DVD
This DVD release is mastered from a VHS dub copy of a 16mm dupe print, so no wonder the sound is horribly distorted (as many have pointed out), and the detail of the picture is washed out. You can see the squiggly videotape artifacts from the minute the opening credits start. In brighter scenes, you can barely see any detail of some of the characters' faces (this is evidence that the original source was a dupe of a positive print rather than a positive print made from a negative) and this probably explains the poor sound as well. Then, the dub to videotape further degraded the quality. If Alpha Video couldn't come up with better source material, they should've passed on this title. Considering this film's obscurity, I wasn't expecting miracles, but this is one of the worst DVD releases I've come across. Avoid.
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To the voyueristic among you yearning for a peep at the sex life of siamese twins, don't believe the hype on the box. Sizzleless exploiter featuring the Hilton sisters (of Freaks fame), posed as a courtroom drama centering on wether a judge can sentence both sisters for a murder only one comitted. Yes, there's the obligitory square up at the end, as silly as any of em. The dream sequence is sufficeintly weird, with Daisy being stunt doubled except for her close ups peeking through the tree. Oh, and there's a bumbling plate juggler, an organ played by rifle shots and a blind preacher waxing boringly about nature not "granting favors". The Hiltons sing a few songs. Besides that, the sound is atrocious and the print ain't much butter...er, better. Intrigued by this film after seeing Freaks? So was I. It didn't fail to disappoint. Not a total disaster, but not really worthwhile either.
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The quality of the film "Chained for Life" is certainly among the worst that I have ever viewed. The picture is washed out and choppy. One may wonder why the time has not been taken to restore this bit of sideshow/vaudeville history. According to the excellent biography "The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton," this is the film that finally ruined them. The Hilton Sisters had high hopes that this project would make them superstars. They paid almost all of their own money to produce this story about one twin committing homicide and the legal problems the situation would cause. "Must the innocent be punished with the guilty, or should the guilty go free?" This idea lost focus even before the first day of its filming. After rewrites and reediting to please the censors of the day, "Chained for Life" became a blur of ideas with no real conclusion and unknown bad actors. It is an uneven film, with no real plot, and out of place musical performances by Daisy and Violet.

The film was locked in litigation, upon it completion, for a year (due to unpaid production bills). "Chained for Life" ended up with a very limited release in hick towns where small audiences hated the film. The Hilton Sisters traveled from cheap theaters to drive-ins across the country trying to promote their film. In the end, Daisy and Violet took a tremendous financial loss. This was the beginning of the final end for the Hilton Sisters. They would never recover from the financial loss caused by this venture and would end up living their remaining years in poverty.

The DVD "Chained for Life" is cheap label discount release(Alpha). It is a washed out, bad print of the high hopes that ended up being the final ruin of Daisy and Violet Hilton.
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Well maybe not epic, but very amusing and CHEAP!!
The Hilton Sisters (looking considerably older than in FREAKS) star in this bizarre overly long murder film where one of the sisters commit murder, but no one can decide how to punish the murderess since her and her sister are attached at the hip.
Definately a fun old cheesy flick, filled to the brim with ancient vaudeville style acts that usually preceed the The Hilton Sisters singing some kind of schtick.
Some of the dialogue in this film is delivered so woodenly that you wonder what the heck Daisy and Violet were taking. Maybe it should be called "Dosed For Life".
Also worth noting is that this DVD from ALPHA has the absolute worst SOUND quality I've ever heard. RHINO'S older VHS release sounds much better.
The sound quality really is SO BAD that it can hardly be watched at all. Pure TORTURE.
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There were two reasons I bought this DVD, one being that I'm very interested in "Sideshow Freaks", so I really wanted to see the sisters. The other that I really wanted to know how they would punish the other sister in the movie.

But there is no ending, there's just a man that simply tells you that you have to decide for yourself what you think the punishment should be.

Very dissapointing!

The acting isn't very good, especially not the sisters. The blonde one sounds bored when she should say "I'm so happy!".

The good parts were the performances on stage, I especially thought the guy on the bicicle was cool.

The sisters singing is good, it's so sad that the sound quality was so bad!

The plot was good, even though the sisters didn't act good, it did told how hard it can be to always be stuck together.
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