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Roger Corman's Cult Classic's Lethal Ladies Collection (Firecracker, TNT Jackson, Too Hot To Handle) (1974)

Jeannie Bell , Jillian Kesner , Cirio H. Santiago , Don Schain  |  R |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeannie Bell, Jillian Kesner, Cheri Caffaro
  • Directors: Cirio H. Santiago, Don Schain
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 234 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BUA1FS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Commentary on Too Hot To Handle with Star, Cheri Caffaro

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Editorial Reviews

TNT Jackson: A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong.

Firecracker: A blonde femme fatale martial arts expert teaches the mafia a lesson.

Too Hot to Handle: Sexy adventure film has an international hit lady involved in James Bond-ish escapades in Manila.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROGER CORMAN STRIKES AGAIN October 23, 2011
T.N.T. Jackson (1974 Firecracker (1981 Too Hot To Handle (1977)

Wonderful Roger Corman films from the last Century.

They call me TNT, martial arts expert Diana Jackson (Jeanne Bell) announces upon her arrival in Hong Kong to look for her missing brother, heading into the city's worst area, a no-man's-land that is a haven for drug dealers, thieves and killers. TNT does not know that her brother has been brutally murdered by Charlie (Stan Shaw), an American who is bent on inching his way to the top of the city's drug-smuggling trade. But he has no idea what he's up against when he tangles with dynamite in TNT Jackson!

Female karate champion Susanne Carter (Jillian Kesner) goes to the Philippines to look for her sister who has disappeared. She stumbles upon a drug cartel and a tournament of no-holds-barred fights to the death in the action-packed Firecracker. Directed by genre specialist Cirio H. Santiago (TNT Jackson) and costarring Vic Diaz (The Big Bird Cage) and Darby Hilton (Malibu Express).

Contract killer Samantha Fox (Cheri Caffaro) accepts a mission to kill a group of gangsters in the Philippines, but problems arise when she falls for the Manila detective investigating the murders. Director Don Schain, who was married to Caffaro, directed her in several films prior to Too Hot To Handle, including Ginger, Girls Are For Loving and The Abductors.

The image quality is very acceptable. Each film is quite clean, no damage, detail is more than acceptable for the SD format. These are progressive and anamorphically transferred in the 1.78 aspect ratio. The bottom line - these 'new transfers' are completely watchable without any major flaws.

The supplements are small - nothing but trailers on the first disc for T.N.T.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD... alas CUT. January 6, 2012
Most reviews of the three films with regard to their transfer quality are correct, so I won't rewrite it all in my words. In short, it's great to have these films in decent transfers on DVD at last. Alas... it was disappointing to discover that FIRECRACKER is a CUT print. The irony is, is that the missing "gore" shot is from the lengthy fight sequence that was shot after the film was completed. The point of this additional sequence was to make the movie gorier and sexier. The sequence in question is the one where Jillian battles three thugs in a warehouse, being slowly stripped down to only her panties from a dress in the course of the fight and chase. It is by far the best sequence in the film, EXCEPT.... that when Jillian throws a guys head into a table saw, the cut away shot of a fake head being sawed in half has been CUT or is MISSING from this print. The shot can be seen in the original VHS big box release on Monterey Video back in the 80s. Pity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Cheri Makes Three June 21, 2012
One of the best of the Roger Corman packages released by Shout Factory, here we have three prime examples of the quintessential seventies action movie heroine in this excellent two disc set. Disc One emerges also as a tribute to Director Cirio H. Santiago who along with Directors Eddie Romero and Bobby A. Suarez (to name but a few) made hundreds of exploitation films in the Philippines throughout the seventies but only a handful were released in the states. Both 'TNT JACKSON'-1974 and 'FIRECRACKER'-1981 are primo Santiago forays both scripted by Ken Metcalfe who also appears briefly in 'FIRECRACKER' and which have basically similar plots, the main heroine searching for a brother or sister who mysteriously disappear and get involved in drug cartels. 'TNT JACKSON' blends both the Blacksploitation and Martial Arts genres as actress Jeanne Bell chops away in revenge motif to bring down her brothers killer in a tight 72 minute blink. Along for the ride are Vic Diaz who graced many women in prison films and other actors whom fans will recognize especially from the 'BLOOD ISLAND' films. Still better is 'FIRECRACKER' which involves an actual Martial Arts champion Jillian Kesner who Santiago built the film around and confronts actor Darby Hinton in an extremely villainous turn as Kesner's sisters killer and would go on to turn hero in Director Andy Sidaris's excellent 'MALIBU EXPRESS'-1984. It shows how influential these films have become as just recently Director Steven Soderbergh proved in his film 'HAYWIRE' which spotlights real life kick boxing champ Gina Carano as a rogue hit woman who Soderbergh built his film around her. 'FIRECRACKER' emerges as a cult classic with excellent fight sequences and location scenes. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fight scene in history. February 21, 2014
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If you are a guy and don't love the scene where the voluptuous Jillian Kesner (RIP) gets her dress ripped off, then her bra cut off, and then kicks some butt....well, turn in your man card. Her love scene with Darby Hinton (Malibu Express!!!!) is a classic, too.

Buy it for the classic Firecracker if nothing else.
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