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99 Women (Director's Cut) (1969)

Maria Schell , Luciana Paluzzi , Jesús Franco  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge, Herbert Lom, Maria Rohm
  • Directors: Jesús Franco
  • Writers: Jesús Franco, Anya Corvin, Carlo Fadda, Harry Alan Towers, Javier Péres Grober
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000795JN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "99 Women (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Unrated director's cut restored from the producer's own vault materials
  • Jess' Women – Interview with Director Jess Franco
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Jess Franco Bio

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For his epic shocker of caged women gone wild, legendary director Jess Franco (EUGENIE, SADOMANIA) brought together a once-in-a-lifetime cast of International beauties including Maria Schell (THE ODESSA FILE), Luciana Paluzzi (THUNDERBALL), Rosalba Neri (LADY FRANKENSTEIN) and Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS). Oscar® winner Mercedes McCambridge (JOHNNY GUITAR) and Herbert Lom (THE DEAD ZONE, MARK OF THE DEVIL) co-star as the sadistic wardens of an island prison where abused yet luscious young lovelies surrender to their own depraved desires. Behind bars…without men…experience the unchained passion of 99 WOMEN!

Long censored around the world, 99 WOMEN has been remastered from the producer’s own vault materials and now featuring all-new Extras including deleted scenes and an eye-popping interview with Jess Franco himself!

- Jess’ Women – Interview with Director Jess Franco
- Deleted & Alternate Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Jess Franco Bio


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136 of 158 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RIP OFF!!!!!!!! April 20, 2005
This is a out right rip off!!!!! I deserve a $30 refund from Blue Undergrtound for out right lying to us! Please refer back to Jordan M. Oakes review it is true in everyword! You will not see any good hard porn from Maria Rohm or any of the well known actors in this flick, they added terrible scenes through out the movie where needed. Only thing he forgot to mention was that it is not even in widescreen and there is absolutely no speacial features, you can't even take the subtitles off. My only fault is I wish I had read his review before I paid for this RIP OFF!!!!! Shame to Blue Underground!
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Critically Disliked 1969 Women's Prison Film May 13, 2005
{NOTE: There are two versions of this movie for sale on Amazon, both have been linked together; I'm reviewing the unrated director's cut not the x-rated French film}

1969 unrated director's cut. The movie has numerous alternate titles, including: "Isle of Lost Women," "99 Donne," "99 mujeres," "Island of Despair," "Prostitutes in Prison," "The Hot Death"

DVD features: The DVD contains a copy of the unrated director's cut plus "extras." The extras include: an interview with the director ("It was a time when the whole world was enjoying a freedom from censorship." - well, I guess he censored himself then; interesting, after the fact some more "hot" scenes were added); deleted & alternate scenes (3; nudity (hard to see) in one scene); trailer (which appears to contain most of the nudity); poster & still galleries and some DVD-Rom feature that I couldn't access.

Credits: Mercedes McCambridge (Superintendent Thelma Diaz; Oscar nomination for "Giant," won for "All the King's Men"), Maria Schell (Superintendent Leonie Caroll; "The Odessa File"), red-head Luciana Paluzzi (Natalie Mendoza), Rosalba Neri (Zoie; "The Arena"), Maria Rohm (Marie), Eliza Montes (Helga), Valentina Godoy (Rosalie), and Herbert Lom (Governor Santos; "The Pope Must Die"). Written by Peter Welbeck. Directed by Jess Franco ("Incubus" (2002)). Filmed on an island in the Mediterranean.

Plot: The movie is about a female prison located on an island off the coast of Panama. The guards are "sadistic" (mostly occurs before the action or off-camera) and women are allowed to die (one shown). Also, forced lesbianism "abounds" (ok, once).
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spliced together nonsense.................. April 24, 2005
This is the French X-rated version of 99 women, directed by Jess Franco. The running time of this feature is 98 minutes, which means that this is probably the longest, least censored version of the film that is available. The story involves a women`s island prison, a sadistic female warden, a lustful male governor, and the young, lovely female inmates. Can you see where this is heading ? There ARE scenes of extreme sexuality (especially when you consider the film was released in 1969) which include (...). My big problem with this movie is that the hardcore scenes are haphazardly edited into the film. In a few cases, they don`t even seem to be part of the scenes that you have been watching. Also frustrating is the fact that some of the actors taking part in the sex scenes look nothing like the actors that they are doubling (standing-in)for. Just because a woman is wearing a blonde wig does not mean she is going to look like the lead actress that she is portraying. I guess that this movie was pushing the boundaries in 1969, but looking at the dumb story, lousy editing, and sex scenes from a 2005 perspective.....this is just a dated curio.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What's the point of "Unrated" July 11, 2006
By Rob
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure which versions other reviewers are seeing, but mine from Blue Underground is "Unrated". I guess this is because they really didn't want people to know it should have been rated PG-13. If women in panties and fuzzy breast shots are your thing, then get this movie. Half the fun of campy women in prison movies is naked women. The other half is following along with a silly plot. This movie was boring on both accounts.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Franco WIP classic May 25, 2007
The mere mention of the name Jesus "Jess" Franco in the presence of movie fans will elicit several reactions. Some filmgoers will shrug their shoulders as if to say, "Who's he?" These people likely spend a lot of time watching big budget, multiplex friendly cinema. Other folks will smile. These film fans recognize this director's name in the context of "Vampyros Lesbos" and "The Marquis De Sade's Justine," two Franco movies that actually contain a hint of style. Then there are the poor wretches who'll hear his name and visibly pale, groan as though they've eaten food that's given them salmonella poisoning, and slink quietly away into a corner for a few hours of serious sulking. I fall somewhere in between the last two categories. I liked "Vampyros Lesbos" and "Justine," but I've also seen enough Franco films to understand the utter banality of a large segment of his filmography. "99 Women" is one of the director's contributions to a sleaze genre that could only exist in the 1970s and early 1980s, WIP (Women in Prison). Tons of these films exist, and most of them have come to DVD. Let's explore Jess's offering, shall we? Sure, we've nothing better to do!

O.k. "99 Women". Here we go. The film stars the luscious Maria Rohm as Marie, an unfortunate wretch sentenced to a term at a prison located on an island called, appropriately enough for the genre, Castillo de la Muerte. The Island of Death! With a name like that, any prisoner heading to the prison has to wonder what their future holds. Sort of makes Alcatraz look like a Club Med. Anyway, Marie heads to the island for some fun and sun with the other ninety-eight gals currently serving their sentences. We know there are ninety-eight other women in the jail because Marie receives an inmate number of ninety-nine upon her arrival. Get it?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AOK !!!
Published 2 months ago by stanmoore1
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly, don't watch it
I don't recommend this movie to any one. I was searching old movies, came across it. it very amateurish in all aspects, scenario, acting and directing.
Published 6 months ago by Shakir Jawad
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty Contest
This movie looked like a prison for beauty models. I just wasn't that impressed. I jest got the feeling of a low budget movie.
Published 8 months ago by William Goccia
3.0 out of 5 stars Schell has done better work.
I expected more from Maria Schell. This effort held great promise, with its interesting plot, but the script and direction let me down.
Published 11 months ago by John N. Lavieri
3.0 out of 5 stars Defective.
I enjoyed the film and was looking forward to watching the extras but they would not play. Not on my blu-ray player or my standard dvd player. I suspect a bad pressing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kevin D. Hanson
1.0 out of 5 stars Yaaawnnnn! The most boring "women in prison" movie of all time!
Yes, I know that this was film in 1969, so it may be ahead of its time for the subject matter that it is. But, am I to understand that this lame film had an "X" rating? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rykre
3.0 out of 5 stars "From Now On You Have No Name, Only A Number!"...
99 WOMEN (aka: ISLAND OF DESPAIR) is a Women-In-Prison film from Director Jess Franco. It stars Herbert Lom as the eeevil Governor Santos, and Mercedes McCambridge as the sadistic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars 99 Women
99 Women (The Notorious French Version)I thought the movie was good! I was a little disappointed that Luciana Paluzzi had such a small role in this Flick. Read more
Published on October 8, 2012 by Fred Louis Zoller
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 women
99 women is a good movie if you like this kind of movie about women behind bars any way you look at it it still agood movie this has a french speaking sound track.
Published on April 6, 2012 by vernon egolf
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 WOMEN
Published on March 13, 2012 by alfred
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