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The Incident [DVD] (1967)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
Who knows why this stunning, rarely-seen, New York nightmare of a movie made it to DVD in Britain before the US, but I for one am not complaining. The August 2014 issue of 'Sight & Sound' magazine devoted a full-page rave review to 'The Incident' -- courtesy of veteran critic Kim Newman, no less -- and deservedly so.

I shall put aside questions of plot plausibility to focus on the DVD (released by Simply Media), as the quality of its image is less in dispute. By standard-definition standards, it looks striking: sharp, consistently clean, with miniscule edge-enhancement and a little grain. Blacks are deep, befitting a film set entirely during a single tense night. The high-contrast cinematography is appropriate, imbuing a noir tone while rendering the director's frequent wide-angle close-ups all the more unnerving.

Also intentional, surely, is the number of admonitory, advisory billboards throughout the film: "Offenders will be prosecuted", "Work with the mentally retarded", "Keep America beautiful", even "Help!". Pointedly, these are powerless to prevent the unfolding mayhem but do provide touches of dark wit.

To American viewers: if you have a home video set-up capable of playing this Region 2 PAL DVD, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2014
Strong drama with minor flaws.To me,not dated.I honestly didnt know anything about it until very recently.It seems to have been forgotten in the past,surprisingly.It has tension,suspense and good acting.Everything a woman needs ; )
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on 10 December 2014
Splendid transaction - recommended!
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on 13 September 2014
Good to have a DVD copy now
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