Death is a Woman - out on DVD

Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:00 Written by 

Death Is A Woman - Out Now on DVDAgent Parbury (Mark Burns – Alfred in “Death in Venice”) goes undercover on a sunny Mediterranean island to track down some drug smugglers. His investigation hits the rocks when two of the principal suspects quickly end up dead and he becomes the prime murder suspect. The odds seem stacked against him, especially when his chief opponent is a woman so devious, beautiful and deadly that nothing will stand in her way!

Trisha Noble (aka Oz singer Patsy Ann [aka Trisha] Noble – Jobal Naberrie in “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith”, Rosie Johnson in Strike Force) plays Francesca, the sultry lady in question. Together with her remaining partner in crime Joe (Shaun Curry – Corporal Robbins in “A Bridge Too Far”, Les Pinner in Just Good Friends) she hatches a plan to get off the island with their final heroin haul, hopefully evading Parbury and local law enforcement.

This movie feels a little bit like ‘James Bond Lite’. We have the undercover agent, the sexy killer regularly in various states of undress, frequent fisticuffs and plenty of scuba diving scenes. The tone is generally buoyant and carefree despite the subject matter, and this is down to the funky 1960s sound track (which almost never lets up), the gorgeous holiday destination setting and the fact that nobody seems to be taking it too seriously.

The plot feels slightly slender for the film’s 80 minute running time, and it does become mildly repetitive when we witness Parbury wandering through the streets, inept police tail in tow over and over again. Spirits are never dampened for long, however, and the bold, pulp-novel characters shine through, especially Francesca, Joe and a local alcoholic bum/fisherman called Jacomini (Terence de Marney – “Monster of Terror”) who is possibly wiser than he seems.

Wanda Ventham (Colonel Virginia Lake from UFO) turns up half-way through as Parbury's very attractive fake love interest, and very nearly acts everyone else off the screen!

A trailer, a mute alternate scene and an image gallery round off the package. The video quality is not bad though the contrast sometimes goes awry causing the picture to look a little too dark. The sound is fair though again there are occasional issues with background sounds sometimes threatening to swamp out the dialog. Thankfully neither issue really affects one's enjoyment of this charismatic film.

“Death is a Woman” (1966) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Network. The main feature has a running time of 80 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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