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Body Double [Dual Format] [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Brian De Palma, the modern master of suspense, invites you to witness a seduction, a mystery, a murder. Starring Melanie Griffith as porn star Holly Body, this hyper-suspense classic takes the viewer on a roller-coaster ride.
Jake Scully (Craig Wasson), an unemployed actor, is asked to house-sit at a luxurious hillside apartment. As a bonus, the home offers Jake a telescopic peek into the bedroom of Gloria Revelle (Deborah Shelton), who performs an arousing striptease. When Jake discovers another man is also spying on Gloria, he begins an obsessive surveillance of her. Soon a grisly murder leads him into the world of X-rated film where he meets sexy porn queen Holly Body (Melanie Griffith), who is a key to the crime…
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION EXTRAS:
- Pure Cinema (38 mins): extensive interview with first assistant director Joe Napolitano
- The Seduction (17 mins): De Palma discusses the early treatment of the script
- The Setup (17 mins): an examination of the plot
- The Mystery (12 mins): Melanie Griffith discusses her nude scenes and De Palma's shyness
- The Controversy (6 mins): the cast and crew discuss the film's critical slating
- Isolated score track
- Original theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Booklet with new and archival contents
- Dual format edition
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The film itself is a fairly decent upgrade - the night-time shots are great, but there is a little too much grain in the daytime shots from time to time. But at least you get the extras here, which have been missing from UK releases, and the three part documentary is really worth shelling out for. Reminiscences from De Palma, Griffith and Shelton are very revealing and lend new insights to a very misunderstood and unjustifiably dismissed movie, that really does stand tall in the director's canon.
Recommended - and at this import price it's a no-brainer.
Powerhouse's blu-ray has fantastic image quality and the color scheme looks consistent with an 80's film. Played with the original stereo track (LPCM 2.0, there's also a 5.1 DTS-HD track) and the audio was strong, especially the music cues (the Frankie Goes to Hollywood music video sequence was a stunner). A huge stack of extras is provided, including a multi-part documentary with inputs from De Palma and most of the cast, as well as what looks to be a newly shot long interview with the 1st AD, who supplies a great insight into the challenges involved in making the film as well as in elucidating the role of the AD in executing the director's vision (it's a massive endeavor). The hefty accompanying booklet includes an essay on the film, a De Palma interview in which the interviewer seems determined to nail him with accusations of getting off on violence and misogyny, a list of films De Palma finds remarkable, and a not-very-complimentary review of Body Double that came out during its release.
One caveat for those unfamiliar with the film: This is not "Body Heat." Nor is it "Vertigo." In fact, I'd give the "Body Double" story & film a 3 out of 5 (which may be a bit generous, actually -- but I'm a fan of the genre and of Brian De Palma's work). However, I'd give this quality Blu-ray release a 5 out of 5. So my 4 out of 5 rating is an average of the two.
He starts watching a neighbour who every night performs a erotic dance act with all the curtains open so anyone with a good vantage point can have a good ogle. This takes place for a couple of nights and gradually our leading man becomes more and more obsessed with her, to the point he starts following her. This film has a similarities with Hitchcock's Vertigo, (no bad thing). And you are drawn very cleverly in to the story as it unfolds. The film also has humour and also a strange cameo apperance from Holly Johnson and co. I would recommend it, but then I am biased as I think Mr De Palma is a very talented film maker.
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