SHG-Media’s new, highly anticipated Liberty Girl – The Return has been released, and it’s already causing quite a stir (if the comments are any indication). It’s directed by bpd and stars Alex David, a long-time SHG regular, but this is quite a bit better than the usual SHG fare thanks to well choreographed fight scenes, good editing, and other qualities that set it apart from most other American-produced videos.
Before I say anything else, let me direct you to the comments below, many of which seem overwhelmingly positive in response to the video. Some viewers are calling Liberty Girl – The Return the best, or one of the best, superheroine peril movies ever made. Hey, I think it’s really good, with fight scenes that are really well done, solid performances, a nice visual style, good editing and high production values. That alone places it in a league above the majority of SHG-Media videos. But best of all time? Let’s take a look at the video.
We begin with a group of masked evildoers moving boxes of drugs from a warehouse. These guys are clearly up to no good. Even if they weren’t involved in the drug trade, they’re wearing all black outfits and matching ski masks. That alone is enough to warrant an ass-kicking in the superheroine peril world. Right on cue, Liberty Girl arrives (in street clothes) and begins to administer said ass-kicking. Eventually, she transforms into her Liberty Girl outfit, which I think looks really good. In general, this fight scene is really well done with solid editing and fight choreography. A few shots are even really inventive in subtle ways; for example, Liberty Girl—in the foreground—says her line as a bad guy approaches from behind in the background. Most directors, I suspect, would have done this with two shots rather than one. But it’s much more effective this way, even if the shot only lasts a second or two. This is kind of stuff I really like about bpd’s videos.
Next, Liberty Girl is attacked in her home by a masked thug. I have to say that this sequence is also very well done. bpd simply has the mind of a filmmaker. I won’t give away everything that happens in this scene, but I want to observe that bpd surprises the viewer by revealing events and ideas visually rather than through dialogue. The shots seem to be planned out this way. For example, at one point [minor spoiler] Liberty Girl tries to touch her bracelets together to transform into her superheroine outfit, but it doesn’t work because she’s missing a bracelet [end spoiler]. We realize this at the exact moment that Liberty Girl does because of the way the sequence has been filmed and the shots assembled. This isn’t necessarily a key moment of the video or anything; it’s just an example of how bpd and his creative team are simply better than most other producers at making films and telling stories visually.
Liberty Girl gets captured and beaten up and tormented for the rest of the video. There’s an AOH scene (of about one minute), slapping, stomach punching and a few other moves. But the movie’s bread and butter is low blows. Tons of them. Now, I’m really not a fan of low blows. They just don’t do anything for me (God knows why). But for fans of low blows, this might be one of the best videos of all time. There are several low blows delivered throughout the video, and even though I lack the ability to judge such things, my inclination is to say that these may be the best low blows in any superheroine video. I hope a few low blow experts will correct me in the comments below if I’m wrong.
Eventually, this torture scene veers off into sexually explicit territory, with Liberty Girl being groped, fondled and just plain raped (all simulated I’m sure, and there’s no nudity involved). Again, while I don’t personally care for sexually explicit material, it’s an interesting creative choice, and not something I expected from this creative team. But, like the rest of the video, this sequence is really well done, in my opinion. And fans of this sort of thing will love this conclusion to a video that is already really good.
So is it the best superheroine video ever? Well, that’s quite a claim because we’re then comparing it to everything produced by Giga Freeks and Zen Pictures, which are, in my humble opinion, the best producers of superheroine and related videos in the world. With their gigantic budgets, perfect costumes, super-hot models and actresses, seamless editing, etc., Zen and Giga are the undisputed champions, in my opinion, and I don’t think I can say that Liberty Girl – The Returns ranks alongside them. But compared to most U.S. productions, it is really, really good and is undoubtedly one of the best SHG-Media videos I’ve seen. It features good performances, editing, fight choreography and a nice visual style. So, job well done, bpd, and I’m sure this is going to be a big hit for SHG.