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Barb Wire

3.7 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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Remember the old days, when Pamela Anderson Lee was still just a Playboy Playmate turned Baywatch babe? You know--back before the bootleg release of her infamous home video with then-husband and ne'er-do-well rocker Tommy Lee, at which time the whole world got to compare Pam's barely adequate acting chops with her formidable skill at fellatio? Yes, those were the days (1996, to be exact), when a movie like Barb Wire represented dubious progress for the busty blonde, who was determined to make as big a splash on the big-screen as she did in the world's most popular syndicated TV series. Set in the year 2017 when the Second Civil War is in full force, this sci-fi action thriller stars Pam in the title role--a leather-clad biker babe ("don't call me babe," she warns) who runs a nightclub in the last free city in America. The rest of country is controlled by the "Congressional Directorate," a dictatorial superpower which suspects Barb of trafficking in black-market contraband. That gets her into plenty of trouble (and a lot of cleavage-revealing costumes), and ... well, if any of this sounds even vaguely familiar, it's because this comic book-inspired movie is really just a shamelessly breast-enhanced variation on Casablanca, with Pam Anderson in the Bogart role. Taken for what it is, it's a brazen folly with action to spare, and as guilty pleasures go it's surprisingly enjoyable. What--you were expecting Oscar material? --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Sexy out-takes
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Pamela Anderson, Amir Aboulela, Adriana Alexander, David Andriole, Vanessa Lee Asher
  • Directors: David Hogan
  • Writers: Chris Warner, Chuck Pfarrer, Ilene Chaiken
  • Producers: Brad Wyman, Dennis Brody, Mike Richardson, Peter Heller
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Polygram USA Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F0EA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barb Wire" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Okay, this isn't an Oscar-level movie. But once again the movie critics are taking themselves MUCH too seriously. A long time ago I was taught that the three questions a reviewer has to ask are:

What was done?

Was it done well?

Was it worth doing?

Based on those criteria, this movie deserves a lot more respect than it gets.

What was done? The filmmakers set out to do an outlandish remake of Casablanca. But where Casablanca was intended as social commentary (not surprising since it came out in 1942) and although this movie does pay homage to that class of commentary, their main goal was to HAVE FUN!

Was it done well? If they had set out to make a brilliantly acted Oscar-worthy film, then you could say it wasn't done well. There are holes in the plot you could drive a truck through. And no one can argue that the dialog or the script or the acting is Oscar-level material. But this movie set out simply to have some fun and use Pamela Anderson to provide it. She is not and will never be a brilliant actress. But (as subsequent projects have proven) she is much more intelligent than most people give her credit for and she carries out the role of the "shoot-em-up" bounty hunter very well. The special effects are also well-done, and the fact that people can fire 3000 bullets at her and she doesn't get hit is reminiscent of the old B-movie westerns with the good guys in the white hats and the bad guys in the black hats. You want an example of how the movie KNOWS it is just fun? Check out the first real shooting scene (in the hotel room), at the end of which you see a shot of her hand. She says something like, "Oh, shit" because in the mayhem she broke a fingernail.
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Barb Wire is a movie about a chick in war torn America who just wants to run her club and do the occasional bounty hunter work. The movie opens in a strip club where Barb (Anderson) is stripping on a swing while being hosed down (Do we have your attention yet?). After a killing a man with her spiked heel for calling her babe, we get her catch phrase (cuz every comic book hero has one) "Don't call me babe". Things are crazy in her world aparently because her club, which seems to be a mix of a leather/fetish club and Motley Crue concert, is the only one left that is a place for people to go and be themselves. Barb spends her days protecting her blinde brother, played by Jack Noseworthy, and her nights either fighting crime (in black leather and 7 inch high heeled boots) or running her club. She gets mixed up in a plot involving the government and a group of rebels (who used to be her friends before they left her and her brother on the battlefield to die). The rebel group is trying to help a doctor escape to Canada, and the government wants to catch her and get the information she has in her head. In order to get her out of the country, the rebel group needs a pair of retina disguising contacts to help the good doctor get thru an eye scan at the airport. Barb must find the people who have them, get them and decide if she wants to give them to the rebels and fight the power or be a "good girl" and give them to the government. Which do you think she'll chose?
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"Barb Wire" is not a good film. Honestly, it's a one or two star film at best, save that it does the unthinkable: It's a scene-for-scene remake of "Casablanca," set in a post-apocalyptic future, with Pamela Anderson replacing Humphrey Bogart.
The sheer cheek involved in doing this -- I would love to have been in the pitch meeting for "Barb Wire" -- really makes this a hoot to watch and redeems its awfulness. Each scene from "Casablanca" that's cheerfully trashed is a laugh riot to watch, once you relax and stop worrying about Humphrey Bogart spinning in his grave.
Easily the most fun I've ever had watching a "bad" movie and good (extremely) mindless fun.
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This Blu-ray effort is well worth the upgrade. A cleaner print was used and the quality is spectacular! If you love Pam's portrayal of Barb Wire you will want to upgrade. Never mind the overly zealous technical reviewers around the web and on this forum. I nearly didn't buy it due to the tech review at Blu-ray.com. I expected a mediocre transfer from what I read there, I'm so glad I buy it anyway. Everyone trying to impress their technical expertise in regards to blu-ray quality. Trying to razzle dazzle you with technical terms that belong in a dubbing studio not in the mainstream. Every TV monitor will exhibit a different picture and in most cases needs tweaking to really get the best possible picture. Don't be fooled the bottom line is is it better than the previous release. Do I upgrade?,..well if you want to see Pam in a much better defined transfer where even the tiny bruises right above her barbwire tatoo on her shoulder are visible or the crystal clear baby blues that are now radiantly seen or if you want to notice every single person at the Hammerhead in pristine clarity, characters that you had never noticed before then YES!
The one thing I hate about these Amazon reviews is so little is mentioned about DVD quality. In particular when it comes to Blu-ray vs the standard or previous issue of a movie. Isn't that what its about? Getting the very best picture of a movie? In this buyers mind. It is.
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