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on 15 June 2015
Great job. Many thanks.
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on 8 January 2013
I purchased the Network, brand new, digitally restored transfer, region 2 version of "Bad Timing" and have to say that I am very impressed with the quality of this product. The picture is in the correct aspect ratio and the print is very sharp, bright and clear. The box contains a "Rank Organisation Press Book" which looks to be a reproduction of the original press release from back in the day when the film was first released; I think this is a really nice touch

With that said, I would just add that the film itself is really fascinating and compelling to watch, with really excellent performances from all of the cast. Theresa Russel looks amazing on screen and has the most beautiful eyes, and Art Garfunkel delivers a performance that has to be a career best. Superb film. Would love to have had some commentary tracks from Nicolas Roeg, Theresa Russell and Art Garfunkel to hear their thoughts on the film now, and their memories and intentions from the time of filming this classic.
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on 13 January 2014
A bit disappointed very slow and not very interesting, only bought it for seeing Art Garfunkel decided not to bother with other films he's appeared in.
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on 22 December 2014
Masterful cinema
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on 23 February 2015
Very Good
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on 2 April 2014
I have seen this film 2 or 3 times. The back to front structure is classic Roeg, the story unfolds slowly, but the shifting nature of the relationship is fascinating and makes one think about what we all want/need from a partner. The soundtrack is amazing and underpins the key moments in the film beautifully. I can hear Tom Waits 'Invitation to the blues' as I write.
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on 25 January 2011
This was quite a shocking film when i first watched it as a teenager. It had images that stayed with you long after the film had finished. Yet i've watched it again lately and even though it is still a fascinating film, full of the disturbed and self-destructive Russell and the repressed Garfunkel, I find that the director Nicholas Roeg is hardly capable of treating the feelings of the characters seriously. I hate the distracting photographic techniques, the zoom-in's, and the cutting back to Teresa on the hospital bed, it's overly intellectual editing that calls attention to itself and takes us away from the most important part of the film which is the characters. The opening sequence has paintings by Klimt but it needs Schiele, something dirtier and more sordid for this story of distorted sexual desire. Instead we get the occasional, almost embarrassed snippet of a breast or bottom.
Harvey Keitel has no real purpose and serves as another distraction, whilst Denholm Elliot has far too little screen time as he's a fascinating character. Overall it's a bit of a mess but an interesting mess nevertheless.
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on 20 March 2005
In Vienna, Alex (Art Garfunkel) and Milena (Theresa Russell) meet at a party and embark on an affair. Garfunkel's character soon becomes infatuated with the erratic, strong-willed and overtly sexual Milena, but his jealousy and obsession lead her to attempt suicide. This isn't giving the plot away as director Nic Roeg (Performance, Don't Look Now) opens the film with the unconscious Russell being rushed to hospital, and Garfunkel being taken in for questioning. We're still not quite sure what has happened, and the rest of the film depicts the couple's relationship with an incredible, often uncomfortable intensity.
Nic Roeg's emotionally complex, visually stunning films are some of the most daring and original in British cinema. "Bad Timing" is also the best example of how Roeg manipulates time & narrative in his films. This movie became notorious however for its ending... not for the easily offended... let's just say the film is about obsession and the ending is one of the most shocking in cinema. That aside, this is one of the most mature and honest depictions of a relationship you'll ever see. Along with Don't Look Now, Walkabout and Performance, this is one of Roeg's finest pieces of work.
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on 1 August 2009
'Bad Timing' is a great and criminally under-rated film from a director who at the time seems to have been at the peak of his powers. In Roeg's filmography, only 'Don't Look Now' comes close, but I would say that 'Bad Timing' is more direct, more challenging and more fascinating even than that fine film.

Other reviews and the amazon summary have probably provided the plot details - basically all that happens in the narrative is that Art Garfunkel's aloof Professor Alex Linden has a passionate, damaging affair with Theresa Russell's elusive and unpredictable Milena, and because of what happens between them, Harvey Kietel as a local Police Inspector is on Alex's trail. The film is however all about intermingling themes, obsessions and preoccupations - trust, love, hate, truth and co-incidences, and how much we really understand about the world around us. Images, performances and editing all emphasise those themes, and the effects on the viewer are unlike any other film.

I fully accept, and feel it should be emphasised, that some people will find it very hard to sit through this film. The general atmpsphere is heavy and doom laden and there are a few scenes of (even by today's standard's) shocking violence - but the unflinching approach to the material will leave other people hooked - as will one of the most beautiful opening scenes in film history, filmed in the Belvedere gallery in Vienna in the Klimt room, with Tom Waits on the soundtrack. The very last image is also (to this viewer) completely baffling - anyone with any ideas please comment on my review to share them!

The UK DVD release of this film is perfectly watchable but for more extras and a sharper picture the Region 1 Criterion is your best bet. I can't promise, if you are new to this film, that you will enjoy it but it would be hard not to appreciate its brilliance.
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on 16 September 2003
Perhaps Nic Roeg's last genuinely great movie, and following on from Performance, Walkabout, Don't Look Now and The Man Who Fell To Earth, that's pretty impressive going, even if the eighties and nineties were a little on the quiet side (finding the poor guy loitering in TV movie hell).
This is an excellent, disturbing psycho-drama which has been overdue a re-release for too long. The cast, while unconventional, are all excellent (even Art Garfunkle, no seriously) and Roeg's compositions and editing heighten the sense of dislocation and mounting unease. Not to all tastes, but essential for Roeg fans.
The DVD info is a little misleading, the picture is 4:3 but letterboxed, which is a slightly roundabout way of saying non-anarmorphic widescreen. A decent, mostly clean print and clear sound make up for the lack of any notable extra features. A director's commentary would have been great, but seriously unlikely. All in all a bit of a bargain.
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