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Dressed To Kill [DVD]

Michael Caine , Angie Dickinson , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Fred C. Caruso, George Litto, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063BMB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



To condemn Dressed to Kill as a Hitchcock rip-off is to miss the sheer enjoyment of Brian De Palma's delirious thriller. Homages to Hitchcock run rampant through most of De Palma's earlier films, and this one's chock-full of visual quotes, mostly cribbed from Vertigo and Psycho. But De Palma's indulgent depravity transcends simple mimicry to assume a vitality all its own. It's smothered in thickly atmospheric obsessions with sex, dread, paranoia, and voyeurism, not to mention a heavy dose of Psycho-like psychobabble about a wannabe transsexual who is compelled to slash up any attractive female who reminds him--the horror--that he's still very much a man.

Angie Dickinson plays the sexually unsatisfied, forty-something wife who's the killer's first target, relaying her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (Michael Caine) before actually living one of them out after the film's celebrated cat-and-mouse sequence in a Manhattan art museum. The focus then switches to a murder witness (De Palma's then-girlfriend Nancy Allen) and Dickinson's grieving whiz-kid son (Keith Gordon), who attempt to solve the murder while staying one step ahead (or so they think) of the crude detective (Dennis Franz) assigned to the case. Propelled by Pino Donaggio's lush and stimulating score, De Palma's visuals provide seductive counterpoint to his brashly candid dialogue, and the plot conceals its own implausibility with morbid thrills and intoxicating suspense. If you're not laughing at De Palma's shameless audacity, you're sure to be on the edge of your seat. --Jeff Shannon,

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Writer/Director Brian De Palma "maintains a fever pitch from start to finish" (Leonard Maltin) with this "steamily libidinous and extremely bloody thriller" (Newsweek)! Starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen (in a Golden Globe-nominated performance), this taut psycho-sexual chiller is a razor-sharp tale of passion, madness and murder that's as "scary as the devil [with] suspense to spare" (Playboy)! Fashionable Manhattan therapist Dr. Robert Elliott (Caine) faces the most terrifying moment of his life, when a psychotic killer begins attacking the women in his life (Dickinson & Allen) - with a straight razor stolen from his office. Desperate to find the murderer before anyone else is hurt, Elliott is soon drawn into a dark and disturbing world of chilling desires. And as the doctor edges closer to the terrible truth, he finds himself lost in a provocative and deadly maze of obsession, deviance and deceit - where the most harmless erotic fantasies... can become the most deadly sexual nightmares! SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...Dressed to Kill

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flashy thriller 20 Dec 2002
A typical day in New York City. Psychiatrist Dr Elliot (Michael Caine) listens to Kate (Angie Dickinson) outlining her marital problems before she wanders off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and picks up a mysterious stranger. Meanwhile, disturbed cross-dresser Bobby is ringing Dr Elliot and threatening to carve up his patients. And an uptown hooker (Nancy Allen) is turning tricks to fund her investment portfolio.
Brian de Palma's glossy and gratuitous cult classic is an unashamed homage to Alfred Hitchcock - not just one shower scene, but two - and has some marvellous set pieces. Especially the minor ones - check out the accusing looks of the little girl in the elevator when Kate heads home from her afternoon tryst with a lover.
A word of warning on the DVD available in the UK though. Unfortunately, this DVD has no screen set-up extras to allow you to choose the viewing format (though there are 5 language options and scene-selection). It is made to be viewed on a widescreen TV. It plays at 16:9 ratio on a standard TV, but this is not a pan-and-scan version, so you miss bits from the edge. It only REALLY interferes with a couple of scenes, when you get half the face of a character talking, but is an obvious flaw, not to mention a distraction, if you are a fan of the film. It comes with the original theatrical trailer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotico Psycho. 14 Feb 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Dressed to Kill is directed and written by Brian De Palma. It stars Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon and Dennis Franz. Music is by Pino Donaggio and cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.

Brian De Palma continues his commitment to Hitchcock thrillers with this erotic and lurid slice of entertainment pie. Plot in short order finds a razor wielding blonde woman on the loose in the city. A high class prostitute, a psychiatrist and the son of a victim try to solve the mystery before they themselves fall to the blonde killer.

De Palma throws it all at the audience here, merrily pushing people's buttons as he goes. He uses all the tools and tricks of his trade for maximum impact, blending a number of genre staples and churning out a hyper stylised neo-noir that gleefully toys with audience expectations. Oh the plot is bonkers, deliriously so, but De Palma is a crafty pro who deftly marries up the excesses of the plot with virtuoso camera work, and not content with that he then brings Donaggio's musical score into play to ensure the viewer's senses are tingling.

Unsurprisingly for the director, Dressed to Kill is sexually charged and violent, from the steamy beginning that ruffled feathers in a number of quarters, to the outrageous coda at the end where De Palma homage's himself, it's a film revelling in its schlocky being. However, it still has time for dramatic suspense and dangerously sensual mysticism, reference an extended section of film that sees Allen's hooker pursued relentlessly through the perils of the subway system, and a sequence played out at an art gallery without dialogue as we become Dickinson's disoriented eyes.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of De Palma's best films 29 July 2013
Brian De Palma made a brilliant psycological horror in DRESSED TO KILL. Well done to Arrow for releasing this fine film on UK blu ray and UNCUT.
I already have the R1 Sp. Ed. and Region Free US blu ray but this is the best version especially as regards to extras imo.
The pq and sound are very good with a nice booklet as usual by Arrow but as with a lot of their blu rays and dvds I change the covers and for DTK you have the original artwork as on the 1980 poster.
it's a shame Michael Caine who is good in this (Sean Connery was after the role!) is not featured in the extras.....which is like John Travolta not in the recent Arrow blu ray of BLOW OUT.
Why not? Was the money not enough?
Rant aside this is an excellent film and you've got a good reason (if you haven't already) to see DePalma's classic thriller UNCUT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is one major reason I purchased it! 11 Feb 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
In my opinion 'Dressed to Kill' has always been a cinematic masterpiece! Though it has often been identified as a title that mimicked 'Psycho' in many ways, Brian DePalma's direction, the acting talents of the cast, and Pino Donaggio's terrific music score make this one a winner!
I already own the title on blu-ray from Fox and MGM here in the U.S. But the reason I purchased the Region 'B' UK release was just to have the original mono soundtrack in PCM. Though the 5.1 mix is enhanced and accurate, the original mono mix is native to this release. I love both of them! The UK picture quality is just a tad inferior to the U.S. release and the 5.1 UK soundtrack is not quite as aggressive as the U.S. version. But the mono soundtrack is 'Right ON'!!
If you are a fan of the release as much as I am, and you have a region free blu-ray player, I don't think you will be disappointed!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed For Success. 4 Oct 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I won't bother to review the film itself as most fans know what it's about! As most fans who will buy this blu-ray for one thing only...better picture and sound quality. Is it worth the upgrade over the 2001 DVD? Yes it is! The picture is sharper and looks great and the night time scenes don't look too murky now either, sound wise it sounds fab. Now it looks like it was set in 1980 as opposed to being filmed in that year. A great way to transfer an old film onto blu-ray. This disc is also region free so will play in any bu-ray player.

Not sure if it'll get a UK release so order now to avoid disappointment. This is the uncut version with lots of extras which is worth watching.

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Picture 4/5
Sound 4/5
Extras 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by C D
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An unusual Michael Caine movie which is very different but worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by colinc
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as I recalled
Well apart from Angie Dickinsons part the rest was a poor, affair, what was Michael Caine doing in this ! and it was of its time and the years have not been kind to this film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by heather
2.0 out of 5 stars The vapid craftsman at what he likes to do best
American Giallo, just like the essay in the booklet suggests, sums up Dressed to Kill in two words for me. This glossy wannabe shocker i find harder to like than defend. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Bored, unsatisfied housewife makes worst mistake of her life...
This film may go down, so to speak, in the annals of what not to do if you're trapped in a dead end marriage. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BigAl82
1.0 out of 5 stars wasted my money as it does not work
i bought the dvd but it does not work on my tv does not explain why,so anyone thinking of buying it should be aware.
Published 7 months ago by BARRIE ALLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed to Kill
Love the tenseness of Brian De Palma's movies and this is brilliant. Angie Dickinson is great as a victim and very good ending - really surprised that Michael Caine plays the part... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sharon Kelleher
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film
Prompt delivery and in good condition, which after all are the main requirements of a customer. Good film too. Happy. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars I took your razer
Dressed to kill for me is nancy allen what a babe she was,still is,the film is and is,nt uncut,when you watch the extras on cut versus uncut the shower and the lift scences are... Read more
Published 10 months ago by horror boy
5.0 out of 5 stars This Glittering Blade Dipped in Honey
When I was 15 or so, during the era of Reagan and Thatcher, pre-recorded pan and scan films on VHS, punitive TV and VCR packages from high-street firms like Radio Rentals that the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. D. R. Green
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