Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (Region B) Blu-ray Review

Chilean director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza’s violent tale is classic grindhouse material, updated for the videogame generation. Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman builds off its catchy title, a fun romp that owes much to Quentin Tarantino and the videogame franchise Grand Theft Auto. A Spanish-language film hailing from South America, the movie revels in the stark visuals of its beautiful but deadly female assassin, known only as “La Mujer Metralleta.”

La Mujer Metralleta (Fernanda Urrejola) is a famous killer, fulfilling death contracts in skimpy attire with heavy artillery. Santiago (Matías Oviedo) is a happy-go-lucky DJ and avid gamer when he overhears something he shouldn’t from the ruthless Argentine kingpin, Che Longana. Longana has offered an outrageous amount of money for the Machine Gun Woman’s death. At this point Santiago’s life turns into an over-the-top, live-action video game, complete with missions, big guns, sexy women and brutal violence. Santiago’s ultimate mission is to bring in Machine Gun Woman, and he has 24 hours or Longana’s goons will kill him.

This movie is firmly planted in the exploitation genre. It becomes a fun, thrilling ride as Santiago has to run across the city with various missions, just like a videogame. The movie plays with the comparison, laying on graphics for each mission that Santiago completes or misses. He’s a nice guy caught up in a terrible situation, chasing down the deadly Machine Gun Woman. The plot does twist in a different direction after Santiago successfully meets up with her, as the danger shifts to Santiago’s family. We do get emotional character development from both characters, which is unusual in exploitation fare.

Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman owes much of its style to the early movies of such directors as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, filtered through the sensibilities of someone steeped in Grand Theft Auto. It is a little short, clocking in at just over 73 minutes. But if you like cheesy homages to grindhouse classics, the movie is sure to please you.

Movie ★★★★☆

I wouldn't trust her not to shoot @ 37:17

British distributor Clear Vision has released this film in the UK, locked to Region B. The 73-minute main feature is encoded in AVC at 24 Mbps, presented in 1080P at 1.78:1. Shot on one of Sony’s digital film cameras, it has a very artificial and digital aesthetic. Don’t expect a large amount of depth to the imagery.

The picture is clean but washed out. Its gamma level makes for an overly bright image, though the transfer has been left unprocessed by filtering or deleterious manipulation. Some early scenes have simulated film damage but it is so fake looking that it proves distracting.

Clarity and detail are fine for an independent production. It lacks the superior detail of the finest digital productions these days but generally presents pleasing resolution. Black levels are fine except in a few darkened interiors, particularly a dimly-lit night club. Some noise does intrude in the darkest scenes. This is not demo material but gets the job done with little complaint.

Video ★★★☆☆

The native Spanish soundtrack is presented in a solid 5.1 PCM mix. It is a punchy soundtrack with pulsing, energetic Latin Pop music. There is a definite presence to the bass and surround channels get utilized on occasion. Dialogue and sound effects are quite clear in their fidelity. Expect a hefty amount of bullets whizzing through the air, as the hitmen battle it out.

Two dubs are provided in 5.1 German PCM and 2.0 French PCM. The following subs display in a white font: English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish.

Audio ★★★☆☆

Clear Vision has dug a couple of very brief special features.

Behind the Scenes (03:14 in 1080i) – Mostly wordless, this is a very short look at being on set during filming.

Theatrical Trailer (01:39 in 1080i)

Trailers for Mission To Lars (02:05 in 1080i) and Eden (02:02 in 1080i) precede the main menu.

Extras ★☆☆☆☆

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