80s cheese doesn't come sliced much thicker than the Sandahl Bergmann starring sci-fi action flick She. Who is She? What is She? Where does She come from? If you're expecting answers to traditional character questions and coherent plot - you probably won't find it. But you will get 106-minutes of action-packed entertainment that's too gonzo not to enjoy. Kino Lorber Studio Classics delivers She with a solid A/V presentation and a decent interview bonus feature. Worth A Look.
In the early 80s there was a nice little trilogy of Sword & Sandahl Bergmann movies. Flanked by the impressive debut with Conan The Barbarian and closed with Red Sonja, She rests right in the middle of Sandahl Bergman's sword and sorcery slice of 1980s sci-fi/fantasy entertainment. Written and Directed by Avi Nesher, She plays one part dystopian Mad Max with one part Conan while infused with an odd and out of place rock soundtrack that's trying to play both genres off each other with a rather wild degree of results. Not a whole lot makes sense here but it's a blast just the same.
Really, what can you say when you have a movie that features psychics and werewolves as well as warlord raiders and a tutu-wearing giant beast on top of mad scientists? If you've seen anything else by Avi Nesher you shouldn't be too surprised by the outcome. Even his modest hits like Timebomb came with a certain number of oddities and question marks about what the hell was actually going on. In this case, we have Sandahl Bergmann as the titular goddess warrior who teams up with two brothers to help save their kidnapped sister and end the reign of evil Norks! The fact that you can follow the plot at all is a bit of a miracle. Depending on your predilections, your mileage will vary with this one. If you love cheese with your cinematic crackers - you'll have a good time. Maybe grab a group of friends and a few brews and make a go of it.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
She arrives on Blu-ray thanks to Kino Lorber Studio Classics in a single-disc release. Pressed on a Region A BD-25 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy case. The disc loads to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options.
I can't be certain of the vintage of this 1.85:1 1080p transfer but I'm fairly impressed with the results on display here. It's been years since I saw this film edited for television so it was a lot of fun to reconnect with this show. There are some signs of this being an older master - speckling, some slight frame jitter - but most of the film is a handsome show. Details are strong allowing one to fully appreciate the sets and goofy costuming. Film grain is apparent throughout giving the image a nice film-like appearance. Colors also shine bright with some nice vivid primaries and healthy flesh tones. Black levels are on point with strong shadow separation giving the image that desirable sense of depth but at times the image can appear a bit dark and flatten. There isn't any sort of optical visual effect to excuse these moments beyond a baked-in issue. All in all a fine transfer for this film.
She makes the most of what its got to work with in a solid but oddly mixed DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio track. I say oddly mixed because the editing between scenes or within dialog exchanges is very abrupt. When you cut from one shot to the next or one scene to the next there should be some cohesion so it doesn't throw the audience. In this case, the sound editing is about as sharp as a hammer it just blows through music, sound effects, and ADR dialog without much finesse. It's a baked-in issue to be sure, but it's odd to hear in such clarity. To that end, the primary elements of dialog, sound effects, and music create a nice soundscape for this oddball flick to work in. A lot of this mix sounds like it was created in post-production without much in the way of onset recording like an Italian spaghetti western - only without the poorly synced dialog. Like the film it's a silly mix but works.
Bonus features aren't the biggest draw for She. Beyond the usual assortment of trailers, KLSC included an interview with writer/director Avi Nesher that's well worth the watch - even if it's not very expansive.
She is not a great movie - but it's a very entertaining one! A mix of genres at a time when everyone was trying to ape big blockbusters, this one tries to be everything all at once. A sword and sandal science fiction fantasy epic starring Sandahl Bergmann, the film makes little sense but it's a familiar and easy plot to follow that provides big entertainment value on a cheap budget.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics delivers She to Blu-ray with a solid video transfer and a strong audio mix that only highlights the low-value production - but in a good way! Bonus features may not be massive, but then if you're considering picking this one up, you're here for nostalgia rather than extra feature content. She is a fun show that'd be a great crowd pleaser if you host cult movie nights. Worth A Look.