One of the best of the Roger Corman packages released by Shout Factory, here we have three prime examples of the quintessential seventies action movie heroine in this excellent two disc set. Disc One emerges also as a tribute to Director Cirio H. Santiago who along with Directors Eddie Romero and Bobby A. Suarez (to name but a few) made hundreds of exploitation films in the Philippines throughout the seventies but only a handful were released in the states. Both 'TNT JACKSON'-1974 and 'FIRECRACKER'-1981 are primo Santiago forays both scripted by Ken Metcalfe who also appears briefly in 'FIRECRACKER' and which have basically similar plots, the main heroine searching for a brother or sister who mysteriously disappear and get involved in drug cartels. 'TNT JACKSON' blends both the Blacksploitation and Martial Arts genres as actress Jeanne Bell chops away in revenge motif to bring down her brothers killer in a tight 72 minute blink. Along for the ride are Vic Diaz who graced many women in prison films and other actors whom fans will recognize especially from the 'BLOOD ISLAND' films. Still better is 'FIRECRACKER' which involves an actual Martial Arts champion Jillian Kesner who Santiago built the film around and confronts actor Darby Hinton in an extremely villainous turn as Kesner's sisters killer and would go on to turn hero in Director Andy Sidaris's excellent 'MALIBU EXPRESS'-1984. It shows how influential these films have become as just recently Director Steven Soderbergh proved in his film 'HAYWIRE' which spotlights real life kick boxing champ Gina Carano as a rogue hit woman who Soderbergh built his film around her. 'FIRECRACKER' emerges as a cult classic with excellent fight sequences and location scenes. The highlight is when Kesner is being chased through a lumber yard by two thugs wearing a skimpy dress. As she constantly bumps and grinds against planks, nails, etc., her dress shreds until when its time for the battle, she's barefooted, topless, and wearing nothing but panties. It has to be seen to be believed. Disc Two has one of my favorite films of the seventies as its sole entry, Director Don Schain's 'TOO HOT TO HANDLE'-1977 and stars the perfect definition of the term lethal lady Cheri Caffaro. Schain who is also Caffaro's husband and helmed the 'GINGER' trilogy also starring Caffaro in the early seventies gets excellent acting from Cheri and improves his directing with slick action scenes. Here Cheri plays an international hit woman for hire named Samantha Fox who plans her hits methodically and gives her lady a touch of class amongst the bloodletting. Unfortunately, she falls for the detective who is tracking her excellently played by actor Aharon Ipale. Joined by venerable actors John Van Dreelan and Corinne Calvet as cameo hits, the film is a tour de farce for Cheri as she dominates the entire films 85 minute running time. The bonus disc extra is the audio commentary between Cheri and Elijah Drenner who asks intelligent questions. When I reviewed the 'GINGER' box set a few years back, I wondered what had happened to her and now my answers are fulfilled. Cheri comes off as an incredible woman with great stories about the shoot and incredible insight on feminism and women in action films in general. She also designed the wardrobe for the film and the interview shows what an underrated personality she truly is and who deserves to be right up there with the best. Vic Diaz shows up once again and is also billed as Production Coordinator and the funky music score is by Hugo Montenegro. It deserves to be included on every best action movie list and is a masterpiece of exploitation. Kudos to Shout Factory for releasing all three films from their original negatives in gorgeous 1.85 transfers leaving the Vestron VHS tapes of old in the dust. Each disc contains trailers to other New World releases to round out the mix. Recommended to action movie fans, it shows how some B-movie filmmakers gave women the chance to be erotic, violent and classy at the time when women couldn't even open a credit card without a man's signature. You've come a long way, baby!!