Volume 1 (2005)
By: Devon B. on August 23, 2007  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English 2.0. 90 minutes
The Movie
Director: Scotty JX Starring: Veronica Zemanova, Sylvia Saint, Martina Fox, Amy Easton, Amira Hazine, Silvie Thomas.
Screenplay: Scotty JX
Country: USA
A plague has swept the Earth in the near future, and killed billions. Anarchy prevailed in the turbulent times, and gangs rose. Women were forced to breed in order to keep up gang numbers, but some women rebels chose to fight for their freedom. In order to live free, they trained in guerrilla warfare. I'm glad the opening titles explain all this, because without them, I would've mistakenly assumed Volume 1 was about women running around shooting stuff wearing nothing or next to, and man would I have been embarrassed to get that wrong!

As the movie begins, we're introduced to a woman whose family (I assume) were killed by some gang guys, but luckily she finds a gun next to their corpses, so is able to use that to exact revenge. Not much else happens here, but the girl does take her top off to play some cards. Then we meet a buxom woman, Veronika Zemanova, who is learning her weapons. After a little training, she decides her top is restricting her firing ability, so she takes it off. This is where things get interesting, 'cause this girl coulda played Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movies, and she wouldn't have needed the extra padding Angelina Jolie did. If King Kong was the Eighth Wonder of the world, Zemanova has numbers Nine and Ten locked in.
From there, it's on to another woman who also has a thing for topless target practice, and then it's back to our first woman, who's now standing in front of a mirror wearing only a g-string and boots, holding guns and posing. Cut to yet another woman, but this one actually starts dancing around and strip teasing in between playing with weapons. This seems out of place even in Volume 1's very loose plot, but similar scenes appear again later, so it does set a standard of sorts. The next bit was important, because it involved a gun fight, which was great, 'cause it was the first thing since the very beginning connected to the story the title cards offered up. Volume 1 starts with a slow and ponderous intro, and the score quickly got on my nerves. This was a problem, as the whole movie is scored, and there's no dialogue. I gather that this DVD is actually a series of clips that can be downloaded from the Actiongirls website, which would explain the lack of a cohesive…or to be honest, any…story. But if you want to see hot, naked women firing Gatling guns, bazookas, and flamethrowers, this is a winner.
The movie is presented at 1.33:1. The footage was all shot on video, and looks it. I'm not saying it's like The Ripper, but it ain't 28 Days Later, either. There's some trailing of images (down to the source, not the transfer), and a few spots, but otherwise the print is clean and clear.
Audio Volume 1 comes with a 2.0 soundtrack. The score is a little loud, which is too bad 'cause it doesn't ever stop. The sound FX were okay, I guess, but there's no dialogue.
Extra Features
The only extras are trailers for volumes 2 and 3. It looks like there might be more story in the later volumes, as the Actiongirls appear to actually meet up, not just inhabit the same world shooting at inanimate objects and the occasional bad guy.
The Verdict
Clearly the message here is that if women are fully liberated, they'll run around naked. While I doubt I'd ever sit and watch this all at once again, I imagine there just might be a target audience for a movie brimming with nudity and gunfire.
Movie Score
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