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Ms. 45 [Blu-Ray] + Digital Copy (1981)

ZoŽ Lund , Albert Sinkys , Abel Ferrara  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: ZoŽ Lund, Albert Sinkys, Darlene Stuto
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOT15IM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In Manhattan, the mute seamstress Thana is a timid woman who works in the fashion industry and spends most of her time at home. One night, she is raped in an alley while going home after dark, and before she arrives at her house, she is raped a second time by another criminal. This time, she reacts and kills the assaulter with a flatiron. The disturbed Thana then loses her sanity and uses the rapist s pistol to begin killing men on the streets of New York.

Bonus: Featurettes and Audio Commentary; Digital Download of the film; Booklet *Digital Download is Region A/1*


Freshly and interestingly directed. --The New York Times

[Ferrara] brings a patina of slick visual sophistication to this . . . revenge thriller. --Time Out

Ferrara's gritty and powerful style makes MS. 45 a standout. --TV Guide

[Ferrara] brings a patina of slick visual sophistication to this . . . revenge thriller. --Time Out

Ferrara's gritty and powerful style makes MS. 45 a standout. --TV Guide

[Ferrara] brings a patina of slick visual sophistication to this . . . revenge thriller. --Time Out

Ferrara's gritty and powerful style makes MS. 45 a standout. --TV Guide

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY GOT THE TREATMENT IT DESERVED April 8, 2014
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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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited. Don't Buy April 17, 2012
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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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad transfer, wonder if it's edited... October 29, 2010
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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)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A too little-known female revenge classic October 14, 2011
By profmax
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars priestess and esteemed screenwriter of Bad Lieutenant, also a...
A masterpiece. Zoe Lund, poet, priestess and esteemed screenwriter of Bad Lieutenant, also a masterpiece, created the ultimate screen heroine with a stunning performance that ever... Read more
Published 18 days ago by J. Harkness
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a official copy!!!
This is a great lost movie from Abel Ferrara known for his portrayals of gritty NYC circa the 80's. This movie doesn't disappoint and lives up the shock value that Ferrara has done... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sean Ogden
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of messed up fun!
Plethora of phallic symbols, guns that shoot too many bullets, Annie Oakley with no practice.Throw the kitchen sink in the meat grinder 'cause you never can have too much fun. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love this movie!!!
Published 28 days ago by Tameka White
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
Great revenge movie. Violent and disturbing
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
There was no depth to the characters, no back story, I had no empathy for the main character.
Published 1 month ago by Pandora Logsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Girl driven to the darkside.
I hate New York City and this is just another reason why.
Published 1 month ago by W. Theobald
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic with Great BluRay Transfer.
Movie 4 Stars ,BluRay 5 Stars
Ms.45 is an exploitation/revenge film along the same lines as Lipstick with Margaux Hemingway or The Seduction with Morgan Fair child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived as requested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very rare and great copy of a Ferarra classic.
Published 2 months ago by Keith Dagsaan
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