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Barb Wire

Pamela Anderson , Amir Aboulela , David Hogan    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Remember the old days, when Pamela Anderson Lee was still just a Playboy Playmate turned Baywatch babe? You know--back before the bootleg release of her infamous home video with then-husband and ne'er-do-well rocker Tommy Lee, at which time the whole world got to compare Pam's barely adequate acting chops with her formidable skill at fellatio? Yes, those were the days (1996, to be exact), when a movie like Barb Wire represented dubious progress for the busty blonde, who was determined to make as big a splash on the big-screen as she did in the world's most popular syndicated TV series. Set in the year 2017 when the Second Civil War is in full force, this sci-fi action thriller stars Pam in the title role--a leather-clad biker babe ("don't call me babe," she warns) who runs a nightclub in the last free city in America. The rest of country is controlled by the "Congressional Directorate," a dictatorial superpower which suspects Barb of trafficking in black-market contraband. That gets her into plenty of trouble (and a lot of cleavage-revealing costumes), and ... well, if any of this sounds even vaguely familiar, it's because this comic book-inspired movie is really just a shamelessly breast-enhanced variation on Casablanca, with Pam Anderson in the Bogart role. Taken for what it is, it's a brazen folly with action to spare, and as guilty pleasures go it's surprisingly enjoyable. What--you were expecting Oscar material? --Jeff Shannon

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1.0 out of 5 stars Rated version with no special features Jan. 29 2011
By Dan
Format:Blu-ray
The Blu-ray edition is the 98 minute rated (theatrical) version, not the 100 minute uncut version available on DVD. Also, the Blu-ray includes none of the special features that you get with the DVD. Very disappointing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The breast thing since sliced bread! Dec 3 2002
Format:DVD
I went into this film not expecting much, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
It's very easy to poke fun at an obvious target like Ms Anderson, who, lets face it, has more than her fair share of knockers, but this film shows what she is capable of doing on the big screen.
The storyline is nothing special, admittedly, and infact there are a couple of obvious boobs in it, but if you're prepared to look over these (admittedly large) issues then the film is enjoyable. At times it's quite surprisingly emotional - I used more than a couple of tissues whilst I was watching it!
All in all, this gets a cautious thumbs up. As Pamela's on-screen b'f Del Trotter might say - "luvverly jubblies".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately, it is not this easy... July 19 2004
By SID
Format:DVD
Wow. Now this is not good. However, the movie sets its level right away, by having a stripping, dancing wet Barb (Anderson) already in the introduction of the movie. So, there you have what this movie is all about. Sure you get some violence, explosions and bad costumes as a bonus. Clearly, there is no relevant story in the movie, all revolves around (Barb) to show her off in different ways. The mentioned costumes are almost offending to the audience. Whoever responsible for them clearly did not work very hard. Barb competes with herself to wear some leather-thing that shows off as much as possible, but actually must be considered well dressed as compared to other ladies. The villains wear something that bear a striking resemblance to nazi-uniforms. Well sure, we know who's the bad guys, thank you. And some other people wear broken calculators and other piece of machinery that you'll find in a scrap-heap as hats, and are automatically dressed up like guys from the future. If it was this easy to make a good movie, I could have made it myself. Fortunately it is not, and Barb Wire is not a good movie.
But, and this is a mysterious but, I actually didn't get bored out of my mind and switched off. The movie actually, in some way, had some small piece of entertainment value throughout that made me stay. And that something, whatever it was, is what ultimately saves the movie from being complete junk.
So, if you have absolutely nothing else to do, you may want to watch this one, once. You may get some ideas how to (or not to) dress for the next masquerade.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You know who the real stars are... April 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
...with the opening scene; Pam's twins! It was a decent plot (but who is watching this movie for a plot?) with decent action and decent acting. The twins however were at their best!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable Science Fiction Actioner Nov. 3 2003
Format:DVD
The 1996 Pamela Anderson vehicle "Barb Wire," her supposedly logical transition to superstardom on the silver screen, bombed at the box office. The vivacious blonde bounced back, of course, but the verbal jabs directed at this vanity picture must have hurt on some level. What I don't understand after I recently viewed this film is why so many people bashed it. Perhaps it concerned one of those overexposed celebrity issues, that people wanted to see her fail after seeing her so often in the tabloids and on television. I know I cannot stand the sycophantic blather about celebrities, so seeing one of the anointed crash and burn every now and then provides some comfort. But in the case of "Barb Wire," I think a reassessment is at hand. This movie is far from objectionable when viewed within the context of its genre: "Barb Wire" essentially falls into the post-apocalyptic genre, a cinematic category in which most entries are extremely low budget potboilers that appeal to a male fan base. The emphasis in these types of movies is on special effects, quirky ideas, and beautiful women. "Barb Wire" meets all of these criteria quite nicely. It looks like director David Hogan had a hefty budget to play around with, and he certainly put the money in the right places as well: "Barb Wire" sports lots of big explosions and copious gunplay.
Pamela Anderson plays Barbara Kopetski, known as Barb Wire to her clientele at the Hammerhead Inn in Steel Harbor, who is a former soldier working as a bar owner when she isn't out bounty hunting. The year is 2017 and America is in the throes of a second civil war, with Steel Harbor the only "free city" left in the United States.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good. Sept. 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video is just not good. I rented it, thinking it would be so bad it would be funny. It's just not good. I also figured it would be sexy, what with Pam Anderson starring in it. But it's not. She's not photographed very well, and "strips" all the way down to a full length dress in her strip scene. The story is bad and the acting stinks. Don't bother with this video.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I got this one!! Sept. 7 2003
Format:DVD
Garbage, total trash. There should be a rating less than 1 star for this stuff...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blonde with the Guns! Aug. 14 2003
Format:DVD
Okay - the plot IS a rip-off of CASABLANCA, and it's cheesey beyond belief. But this is one of those so bad it's good movies that you wish MST3K would get a hold of! It's fun. Pamela Anderson Lee looks great, and you see flashes of her self-knowing good nature which was exploited in VIP. The DVD contains the UNRATED version with extra nudity and a complete version of the opening credits where Pam is suspended from a swing and sprayed down with big hoses. The soundtrack is pretty cool too including covers of funk hits like "Word up!" and "Spill the Wine". It's BARBARELLA for the 90s!
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