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The Women in Cages Collection: The Big Bird Cage / The Big Doll House / Women in Cages (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature)

Pam Grier , Judy Brown , Jack Hill  |  R |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Pam Grier, Judy Brown, Sid Haig
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RBC5U6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Big Doll House

Audio commentary with Director Jack Hill

Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman

From Manila With Love – New documentary on the making of The Big Doll House and The Big Bird Cage featuring interviews with director Jack Hill, screenwriter James Gordon White, actors Sid Haig, Judy Brown, Anitra Ford, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman and Teda Bracci, and producers Roger Corman and Jane Schaffer

Trailer, TV spot and radio spot

Women In Cages

Trailer and TV spot

The Big Bird Cage

Audio commentary with Director Jack Hill

Trailer and TV spot

Editorial Reviews

Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) joins a group of sexy, young female prisoners in their struggle against a sadistic warden in Big Doll House. This shockingly real film is perhaps one of the most influential of all women-in-prison films! Also starring Judy Brown, Roberta Collins (Death Race 2000) and Sid Haig (House Of 1,000 Corpses). Directed by Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Foxy Brown).

Innocent Carol Jeffries (Jennifer Gan, Naked Angels) is framed by her drug-dealing boyfriend and ends up in a tough prison in the Philippines jungle in Women In Cages. She must face off against the sadistic warden, Alabama (Grier), who takes great pleasure in alternately seducing and torturing her prisoners. Also starring Judy Brown and Roberta Collins. Directed by Gerry De Leon (Mad Doctor Of Blood Island).

Inside the hellish women’s prison called The Big Bird Cage, inmates like Terry (Anitra Ford, The Price Is Right) struggles to survive. They get their chance to escape when scheming revolutionary Blossom (Pam Grier) engineers a prison break . . . from the outside in. Also starring Carol Speed (Abby). Directed by Jack Hill.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catfights, Cobras, and Pre-Silicone Nudity! July 17, 2011
By Kasey G
For fans of '70s exploitation and women-in-prison flicks, Shout Factory's "Women in Cages" collection is a fun diversion that is well-assembled. We get three Roger Corman films from 1971-72 all shot in the Phillipines starring Pam Grier and other nubile honeys.

"The Big Doll House" features lots of torture scenes, fun performances from slimy Sid Haig (his scenes with Grier are priceless), and an almost unrecognizable Pat Woodell (the original Bobbie-Jo from the black-and-white "Petticoat Junction").

The best of the trilogy is "The Big Bird Cage" which throws more humor into the mix and the result is even more entertaining. The gay Phillipino prison guards are hysterical, as is the way the women shamelessly proclaim their sexual frustration (When they finally do get their hands on a man, he's forced at knifepoint to "Get it up, or I'll cut it off!"). The dialogue in this one just gets better with lines like ""You can't rape me, I love sex" and "Never mind the crotch cooties...they have to eat too!". And when an inmate slathers chicken fat all over her naked body so she can literally slip past the guards, "The Big Bird Cage" soars into camp movie heaven!

"Women In Cages" has Pam Grier in Sybil Danning-mode as the evil prison matron, rather than an inmate, and the results are not as good. The film seems to suffer from a smaller budget too, and despite encore performances from Roberta Collins and Judy Brown, isn't as fun as the first two flicks. I'd recommend watching "Women in Cages" first and saving the earlier but superior flicks til last.

There's a lengthy documentary about all three films featuring interviews with many of the actors and actresses that is worthwhile viewing as well as original trailers and TV spots. The picture quality is very good.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bargain...two great films with extras July 3, 2011
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This 2-disc bargain offers two great Jack Hill classics--1971's THE BIG DOLL HOUSE, 1972's THE BIG BIRD CAGE and both feature commentary tracks by Hill (recorded about a decade ago) and a third film, WOMEN IN CAGES, that was shot in-between those two films (but by Gerry DeLeon, not Hill). BIRD CAGE and WIC share a disc while DOLL HOUSE is on another DVD with a wonderful new documentary, FROM MANILA WITH LOVE that features brand new interviews with writer/director Jack Hill, screenwriter James Gordon White, producers Roger Corman and Jane Schaffer and actors from both films including Sid Haig, Judy Brown, Anitra Ford, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman and Teda Bracci. Sadly, Pam Grier does not take part in the documentary. There is also one other special feature: a solo interview with Judy Brown (this set does not contain Leonard Maltin's interviews with Roger Corman).

All three films are presented in anamorphic widescreen. A note in an insert says that "Two separate film elements were used to put together a complete version of THE BIG BIRD CAGE--a CRI and the original negative, which had been cut at some point." Both DOLL HOUSE and BIRD CAGE look and sound sensational.

On the other hand, WOMEN IN CAGES (which reunited three of DOLL HOUSE's cast members--Grier, Judy Brown and Roberta Collins, but appears to have been shot with an even smaller budget and without any of the style Jack Hill brought to his two films) has muddy sound. The same booklet warns, "We used the only available source material for the audio on WOMEN IN CAGES, which was not in pristine condition. Much of the audio for these films shot in the Philippines was done later in post production, as you'll find that not all lip movements match the dialogue." WOMEN is the least fun of the trio.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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All I can say is "this is exploitation heaven!". To me these Roger Corman drive-in classics are what prison flicks are all about! Shout has done one terrific job on this two disc triple feature. The three films are finally anamorphic widescreen and look great (especially Big Doll House) and this is a fantastic package! Always have enjoyed low budget drive in classics from the 70s, but these are the icing on the cake!! Women in Prison flicks from early 70s have always been my guilty pleasure.
The special features are numerous (love the from Manila with love doc.) for Big Doll House. Big Bird Cage has audio commentary from Jack Hill, trailers. Women in Cages only has trailer. But all in all, this is worth picking up if you enjoy these Pam Grier classics. Can't wait for the blu rays!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Get it up, or I'll cut it off!" February 26, 2012
By Cass G
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The machete maidens are indeed unleashed in this triple feature of philippine bamboo cage women in prison flicks, all staring a very young and captive-vating Pam Grier, 2 of the films also star Sid Haig who seems to pop up in every 70's movie I watch lately, but you may know as the menacing clown from House of 1000 Corpses and the Devil's Rejects. These are really more women empowerment movies then anything else, sure there are shower scenes and abusive prison guards, but these broads are tough and don't take no guff, there are lots of cat fights, mostly in the mud, and the films despite being low budget keep your interest and are well written and directed, not that this is exactly cinema verité, but if you like WIP, Grindhouse, Drive-in, Exploitation and or Pam Grier this is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loves Pam Grier
my husband wanted it and thinks it's good
Published 11 days ago by Lisa Popek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 days ago by Anthony G. Marinello
4.0 out of 5 stars Three classic exploitation films of the 70's and all three ...
Three classic exploitation films of the 70's and all three feature Pam Grier. If you want to own just a few examples of the genre as I did this is the set to get.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Guillemette
3.0 out of 5 stars Early 70's women-in-prison sexploitation trio w/ Pam Grier
The Big Doll House (1971)

A little slow at times but full of hot eye candy. Seriously. These women are just too beautiful for prison, lol. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hredzak
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch.
Not bad in reproduction quality. Going from a VHS tape to DVD I imagine something is lost in quality, but this DVD is easy on the eyes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Max
4.0 out of 5 stars The best in sexploitation films from a remarkable era.
These movies depict female prison life at its most ugliest, but for viewers, its the raw sexyness that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Well...
You get what you pay for...I was expecting more. They used the same ten people in all three movies lol. Very low budget...even for Pam's Black Exploitation days...
Published 7 months ago by S. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classics is right.
I loved these movies. Pam Grier is a breath of fresh air in these early seventies movies. The Big Doll House is the star of this bunch, it is well made and the actors play their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Al A
5.0 out of 5 stars The lovely Pam Grier---Black is Beautiful baby
If you want to know where Quentin Tarantino developed his obsession for black women that is now well documented in his movies and in his personal life, all you need to do is watch... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bill Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love The Set
Really Good Stuff, Good Action Great Stories Good Quality And Value I Am Satisfied With It And Recommend It Highly !
Published 12 months ago by Roy Jordan
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how edited will this be?
I don't see why they would edit them. They haven't removed any nudity from the other Roger Corman's Cult Classics DVDs that I have purchased. Shout! has done a great job on these releases I think.
Apr 14, 2011 by R. Denton |  See all 5 posts
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