Nazisploitation isn’t a gen­re that has been par­tic­u­lar­ly well served on DVD. More pop­u­lar entries like Ilsa: She-Wolf Of The S.S. and Salon Kitty have got­ten decent edi­tions but a lot of the Italian quick­ies that define this sub­gen­re for many have had to set­tle for releas­es of indif­fer­ent qual­i­ty.  Thankfully, the InterVision Picture Corp sub­la­bel has stepped into this breach by issu­ing new discs of The Gestapo’s Last Orgy and Deported Women Of The S.S. Special Section.  It’s the best treat­ment either has received on home video GestapoLO-dvdin the U.S.

Both films receive anamor­phic trans­fers for the­se discs: Gestapo’s looks a lit­tle soft here and there but is solid over­all.  Deported starts with an open­ing cred­its sequence tak­en from an old VHS source but changes to a nice look­ing film-based trans­fer once the film itself gets going.  There is a cer­tain amount of sur­face noise audi­ble on both film’s sound­tracks but it doesn’t inter­fere with the dia­logue, score or sound effects on either film.

InterVision has also added some nice extras to com­ple­ment the main attrac­tions.  Both discs fea­ture “A Brief History Of Sadiconazista,” a fea­turet­te that has professor/film schol­ar Dr. Marcus Stiglegger dis­cussing the his­to­ry of Nazisploitation films.  He’s writ­ten a few books on the top­ic so he has his matDeportSS-dvderi­al down pat, clean­ly draw­ing a line that con­nects WWII pro­pa­gan­da and art­house fare like The Damned and The Night Porter to this dis­rep­utable sub­gen­re of grind­house fare.

The results are thought­ful and schol­ar­ly but nev­er dull.  He dis­cuss­es vir­tu­al­ly every key title in under 36 min­utes, giv­ing them an inci­sive treat­ment with­out ever tak­ing the sil­lier exam­ples too seri­ous­ly.  He’s also able to dis­pel some myths that inform the­se films, like the pop­u­lar but untrue leg­end of “Joy Division” sex camps often used in the­se films’ plot­li­nes.  He has a lot of inter­est­ing things to say about both Gestapo’s and Deported, includ­ing how the lat­ter is in many ways is styled like a goth­ic hor­ror film.

The extras on the Gestapo’s disc end with the film’s the­atri­cal trail­er, a wild affair that accu­rate­ly con­veys the film’s riot of shocks and art­sy pre­ten­sion.  Deported adds a few more note­wor­thy extras into the mix.  The first is “Camp Rino,” a half-hour chat with writer/director Rino Di Silvestro.  He reveals how got into films — being an anony­mous screen­writer alongside Lucio Fulci! — and then dis­cuss­es a few of his key titles, lay­ing out a nar­ra­tive where he chose sub­jects that defied the cin­e­mat­ic sta­tus quo. Deported gets a lot of time, includ­ing the large amount of research he did on uni­forms and dis­cus­sion of the cast.  Like a lot of Italian gen­re direc­tors, he dis­plays a healthy ego about his work but he’s charm­ing enough to pull it off.DeportSS-pos4

The Deported disc also fea­tures “What Would John Steiner Do,” a quick but event­ful chat with the vet­er­an actor who played the film’s vil­lain.  He dis­cuss­es his work in the film with an equal mix­ture of fond­ness and irrev­er­ent humor, also giv­ing the view­er insight into feast-or-famine nature of life for an actor work­ing in Italian films in the ‘70s and ‘80s.  He goes on to dis­cuss how he got out of the busi­ness and dis­cov­ered the cult fol­low­ing for his work via an encoun­ter with Sage Stallone.  It’s fast and fun, paced nice­ly via thought­ful ques­tions from off-cam­era inter­view­er Nathaniel Thompson (of Mondo Digital fame).

In short, InterVision has done a nice res­cue job on a pair of titles that few oth­er com­pa­nies were like­ly to sal­vage.  Anyone with a schol­ar­ly inter­est in grind­house fare will want to check them out.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of The Gestapo’s Last Orgy, click here.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of Deported Women Of The S.S. Special Section, click here.