Olga's Girls [Special Edition] [DVD] [1964]

With the possible exception of Michael and Roberta Findlay's work, "roughies" from the 1960s sexploitation era don't get a lot stranger or more lasciviously cruel than Joseph P. Mawra's "Olga" movies, and Synapse Films' DVD release of the second picture in the series, Olga's Girls, treats this celluloid freak show with far more respect than one might expect. Olga's Girls has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The image has been slightly window-boxed, and the image is quite strong, offering a rich palate of gray tones and little grain; this transfer looks better than some major-studio releases of classic films from this era, while the audio track is equally clean, mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and boasting both clarity and punch. No subtitles or multiple language options have been included. As a bonus, this edition includes a commentary track featuring film journalist Andre Salas and Olga herself, actress Audrey Campbell. While Campbell's memory of the film's short schedule is a bit faulty, she's droll and gracious throughout, and seems mostly bemused by the film's sexual deviance. Those looking for more hard facts and editorial perspective will get it in the essay by Salas included in the disc's booklet. If you're at all interested in the nooks and crannies of 1960s outsider cinema, this release of Olga's Girls deserves a place on your shopping list.
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Overview

Special Features

  • New digitally mastered, uncut windowboxed transfer in the original filmed aspect ratio of 1.33:1
  • Audio commentary by star Audrey Campbell and film journalist Andre Salas
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Liner notes

Synopsis

Olga's Girls
A vicious underworld leader brings the pain for her female underlings in this celebrated sexploitation "roughie," a sequel to White Slaves of Chinatown. Olga (Audrey Campbell) is a woman who, working with "the Syndicate" (a criminal network that encompasses the local mafia and several Russian and Chinese communist operatives), oversees a stable of women who do double duty as prostitutes and drug pushers. Olga is a cruel woman who will tolerate no misbehavior among her charges (many of whom are addicted to "the Big H" and work for her to feed their habits), and subjects them to periodic torture sessions when she feels they aren't living up to her expectations. When Olga discovers that one of her girls has turned informant, she takes it upon herself to beat the truth out of the women until she finds out who has betrayed her, leading several embittered hookers and addicts to turn against their cruel mistress...though Olga ends up having the last word. A notorious cult item due to its over-the-top depiction of sadism (ranging from simple whipping to removing a woman's tongue), Olga's Girls was followed by a pair of sequels, as well as two later "Olga" films which did not feature Audrey Campbell and were not directly linked to the previous series. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Darlene Bennett - Connie
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    Audrey Campbell
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