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Blu-ray Review “Dressed To Kill” Starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson And Nancy Allen (1980; Directed by Brian De Palma) (The Criterion Collection)

11 September 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Murder In Soft Focus”

By Raymond Benson

Brian De Palma’s crime thriller/horror flick, Dressed to Kill, was a controversial release in 1980 for its depiction of violence against women and its sexual content— nevertheless, it was a successful entry in the director’s oeuvre during the most fruitful period of his long career. The film was released in America with an “R” rating—but only after De Palma, under protest, compromised with the ratings board and agreed to cut some footage, re-edit a couple of sequences, and change some lines of dialogue.

De Palma’s preferred unrated version of the film was released on home video not too long ago, but The Criterion Collection has seen fit to issue a new, 4K digital restoration, supervised by the director, of what might have been an “X”-rated picture back in the day. The results are gorgeous. De Palma’s thrillers »

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Criterion Collection: Dressed to Kill | Blu-ray Review

8 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criterion beautifully restores Brian De Palma’s early masterpiece, Dressed to Kill, his 1980 title often lumped in with a quartet of other films categorized as Hitchcockian riffs, criticized or celebrated for how they playfully exhume style, narrative and tone from iconic titles. Although it’s nearly impossible to discuss the film without an acknowledgment of its obvious homage, it’s also a strikingly original piece in its own right, one that most easily sidesteps the derivative trappings of the ‘anxiety of influence’ theory thanks to its complex design as a critique on rigid social constructions.

Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) is an unhappily married housewife, saddled with husband number two, a man whose underwhelming lovemaking she describes to therapist Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine) as the root her problems. When her precocious teenage son (Keith Gordon) declines to go on a lunchtime museum trip, Kate goes alone, and becomes involved in a casual tryst with a stranger. »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Brood and Dressed To Kill Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

22 July 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma are in for a treat this summer and fall, as The Criterion Collection will release the former's The Brood and the latter's Dressed to Kill on respective Blu-rays.

The Criterion Collection will release The Brood on Blu-ray October 13th and Dressed to Kill on Blu-ray August 18th:

From The Criterion Collection: The Brood: "A disturbed woman is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar. With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands »

- Derek Anderson

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Tourist Trap

6 June 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It is fitting that Tourist Trap came out in 1979. This was a year of variety in horror with everything from Ridley Scott’s Alien to Lucio Fulci’s Zombie. From space creatures to the walking dead and all points in between, this was the end of a decade and Tourist Trap couldn’t have been made at any other time. It’s magnificently weird.

Released in March by Compass International Pictures, Tourist Trap was not a commercial or critical success. That’s a real shame because it possesses a unique ability to get under the skin of the viewer with the oddest of fears: Mannequins. Have you ever been shopping and felt the dead eyed gaze of these department store statues? Ever felt they were watching…and waiting? Well sit back and strap in as things are about to get strange.

In a nutshell: A traveling group of young adults »

- Scott Drebit

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The Criterion Collection announces August line-up

27 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Criterion Collection has announced its new line-up for August, with some more classic films being added to the collection. On August 4th Jules Dassin’s Night and the City is released, followed on August 11th by Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman starring Meryl Streep, and on August 18th Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill starring Michael Caine and François Truffaut’s Day for Night. Finally on August 25th the Dardenne Brothers superb Two Days, One Night starring Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard.

You can check out the full press release details below, as well as the artwork for each release.

Night and the City

Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wrestler. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Criterion's August Slate Brings De Palma's 'Dressed To Kill,' The Dardennes' 'Two Days, One Night,' Truffaut's 'Day For Night' & More

18 May 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

August marks the fading days of summer, the last gasp of heat-soaked freedom before vacations are over and everyday responsibilities start taking over. But if you've got a few bucks left over from that summer job, or some money you didn't spend on holiday, Criterion's August lineup has some compelling reasons to part with it. Kicking things off, Brian De Palma's sizzler "Dressed To Kill" arrives on the label. It will boast a new high def transfer, all kinds of new interviews (actress Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster and photographic art director Stephen Sayadian), featurettes about the different versions of the movie that were cut to avoid an X rating, and much more. This looks like a treat for De Palma devotees (but let's hope they change that kinda dreadful cover art). As expected, the Dardennes' acclaimed "Two Days, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Criterion Collection: Don’t Look Now | Blu-Ray Review

17 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criterion brings British auteur Nicolas Roeg’s most famous title to the fold, 1973’s enigmatic Don’t Look Now, a title that has influenced generations of filmmakers since its successful reception, and marks the director’s fifth title to be included in the illustrious collection. A refracted dreamscape of symbols and motifs, the film is a brooding jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t insist on answering all your questions, and happens to feature an unforgettable finale that’s lost none of its affect (despite providing iconic fodder for famed parodies, ranging from memorable bits in “Spaced” to “Absolutely Fabulous”).

After the drowning of their preadolescent daughter, Christine, in the backyard of their estate, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) take off for Venice, where John accepts a job to restore some mosaics in one of the city’s many dilapidated churches. However, once there, the couple is introduced »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Don't Look Now' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

13 February 2015 10:24 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The first time I saw Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now was October 2008, as I was watching a slew of films in an effort to put together a list of my top ten scariest films. In the end, I came up with six, Don't Look Now wasn't one of them. I mention this because I initially watched this movie under the impression it was tremendously frightening. I had never seen it before, but everything I read about it spoke to how terrifying it was. I didn't find it frightening in the least, not then and not now. However, revisiting it with this new Criterion Blu-ray release gave me a chance to watch it with different eyes and I found myself appreciating it a bit more. Granted, I still can't bring myself to say I'm an overall fan of the picture, but watching it without the expectation it will be something it isn't, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Nightcrawler', 'Laggies', 'Force Majeure', 'Don't Look Now' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

10 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Nightcrawler I've already written about the Nightcrawler Blu-ray (read that here) and the film not only made my top ten of 2014, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo recently won 2014 RopeofSilicon Awards (a very high honor). Suffice to say, this is a film I've grown to really love since first seeing it and heartily recommend you check it out.

Don't Look Now (Criterion Collection) I was able to watch about 30 minutes of this new Blu-ray last night as it only arrived recently and I haven't had enough time to get through it, but I can tell you I've only seen Don't Look Now once before and I wasn't a huge fan of it the first time around. However, knowing how many fans the film has I wanted to give it a second chance and what better way than a feature rich Criterion edition. Just below are all the features it includes »

- Brad Brevet

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