Blu-ray, DVD Release: Girl on a Chain Gang

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 19, 2022
Price: DVD $13.99, Blu-ray $17.99
Studio: The Film Detective/Something Weird Video

The Film Detective, in partnership with Something Weird Video, will release the 1966 exploitation cult classic Girl on a Chain Gang this week!

Girl on a Chain Gang comes from infamous shlock distributor-producer-director Jerry Gross, who made his directorial debut with this one.

A shocker about three young people who are framed, arrested and tossed into jail by corrupt Southern policc, Girl on a Chain Gang stars William Watson, Julie Ange and Ron Charles.

Filmmaker Gross—who produced everything from Blaxploitation films to features about teen pregnancy—exercised his social conscience for this drama. Made the year after three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi, Girl on a Chain Gang addresses the subject head-on, while exploiting it as drive-in theater fare. True to Gross’s low-budget roots, the movie was filmed nowhere near the South, but in Long Island, New York.​

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include an audio commentary with Movies are Magic author and Classic Films for Kids host, Jennifer Churchill; an original essay from Something Weird Video’s Lisa Petrucci, contained in a full-color booklet insert; It’s All in the Title: Exploiting Jerry Gross, a short history of Gross featuring author/film historian Chris Poggiali.

Buy or Rent Girl on a Chain Gang

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.