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White Of The Eye [VHS]

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews


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  • Actors: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Alan Rosenberg, Art Evans, Michael Greene
  • Directors: Donald Cammell
  • Writers: Donald Cammell, Andrew Klavan, China Kong, Laurence Klavan
  • Producers: Brad Wyman, Cassian Elwes, Elliott Kastner
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 5 July 1999
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CKAJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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After a series of killings in which everyday housewives are brutally mutilated, sound expert Paul White (David Keith) comes under suspicion by the police. In an attempt to prove his innocence, Paul sets out to track down the real killer, but soon even Paul's own wife, Joan (Cathy Moriarty), begins to have her doubts.

Review

One of the great secret works in cinema -- --David Thomson

You have to see this movie --Dread Central

Filmed in the icy, yet spectacular manner of a Dario Argento film --DVD Beaver --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

Customer Reviews

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Underviewed and underappreciated White Of The Eye is a masterpiece make no mistake. For a film about a serial killer this is really high end stuff.

Magnificent direction from Donald Cammell, with superb performances from Cathy Moriarty and David Keith. This is very disturbing in parts but also tender, thought-provoking and utterly gripping from start to finish.

Making wonderful use of the Tuscon locations and featuring a wealth of quirky minor characters, White Of The Eye must be seen! Any serious film fan will love this!
Deserves a proper release on DVD as this particular transfer is pretty awful.

I await with bated breath a restored Bluray release for this incredible film.
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Format: Blu-ray
Not perhaps the best made, but definitely the most fascinating psycho killer film i've ever seen. No formulaic audience pandering here, but instead a film of great imagery and ideas. Not as stimulating as Performance was, but Donald Cammell showcases here the sort of wonderfully off kilter genre pieces his career could have been made of if he had the luck of Performance co-director Nicolas Roeg. White of the Eye takes the mundane slasher and bends it in many different ways to express the theme of marriage in decline and violence in relationships in general. It also presents us with one of films most realised killers in Paul. With his apache obsession, audiophilia and musings on humanity's place in the universe, he has no equal in terms of character.

White of the Eye never once delves into been there done that territory at least without acknowledgment and reconstruction of context and for a genre as stalwart as thriller, that is a towering achievement. An achievement only a truly devoted artist like Cammell could be responsible for. I have a feeling i will be revisiting this film many a time with afresh opinion after each viewing. The hypnotic soundtrack and Argento set pieces don't hurt either.
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Format: Blu-ray
Despite being the creative force behind Performance, it’s all too easy to see why the co-director Donald Cammell had to appoint after completely alienating the crew, Nicolas Roeg, went on to greater glories while he never even developed much of a cult reputation despite ticking all the requisite boxes (a skewed worldview, constant fights with producers and distributors, a handful of barely distributed box-office flops that impressed the odd critic): his films are full of half developed ideas and shifts in tone that often mistake chaos, onscreen and off, for creativity. Case in point White of the Eye, a serial killer drama - it’s too devoid of tension and unsettling mood to be called a thriller - that sounds much more interesting on paper than it does on screen. Not that it doesn’t have the odd section that creates a mood all its own, but it’s strangely uncompelling before an increasingly silly last act throws in not one but two psychos for a finale that just leaves you admiring the actors for playing it so straight as the writer-director throws credibility completely out the window after spending so much time creating a convincing rural blue collar milieu.

At its heart are two fine performances from David Keith and Cathy Moriarty, and they do more to keep the film on track that Cammell does. Keith’s small town audio engineer and decent family man finds himself on the suspects list in series of murders of wealthy women because he’s one of 42 people in that state to have bought a certain kind of tyre.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is a great movie. Charting a particularly difficult marital crisis, the film addresses subjects of love, honesty and loyalty. Is it possible to love someone unconditionally - no matter what? How much can you really know someone you are married to? At what point are you emotionally betrayed by a lover?
The movie follows a typical 80's slasher framework for the first two acts. This cliched, predictable structure allows plenty of opportunity to explore the issues mentioned above.
In the third act, beginning with a grisly bathroom discovery, the slasher movie genre stutters. Expectations here would be for a frantic, exciting chase, with the tables ultimately turned on the killer. We don't get that - really - and this has led some to judge the film as a failure.
Instead, Cammell explores more fully the relationship between the husband and wife. In a hugely unsettling sequence we see their original courtship, the closeness between them now and their reluctance to function in the world apart from each other.
It might be risky, but Cammell pulls it off - just - to make a film that is compelling, disturbing and absurdly romantic. The epilogue, on the surface lifted directly from the 80's straight-to-video handbook, contains an elegance and poignancy which throws this movie in a wonderfully uplifting light.
Performances from the two principles, particularly Moriarty, are peerless. Cinematography and editing are of a similar high standard to Cammell's other work. For some, the movie will be stylistically a period piece, but it is none the worse for this.
If you want a typical slasher movie, get Halloween instead. However if you can see past the cliched 80's format, occasionally awkward arhouse pretensions and extremely challenging subversion of genre, "White of the Eye" is one of the best-observed relationship dramas you are likely to see this, or any, year.
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