WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Peeping Tom

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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Criterion has provided an essay and a film commentary on the alternate audio track by “film theorist” Laura Mulvey, which occasionally covers the film’s production history, but otherwise is confined to an analytical discourse on the deep meaning Powell conveys on screen.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): CC1299L-156
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 01/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Powell
(Screenplay/Written By): Leo Marks
(Story): Leo Marks
(Music): Brian Easdale & Wally Stott
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Arthur Lawson
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(Editor): Noreen Ackland
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Michael Powell

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.57:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Peeping Tom is the profoundly disturbing story of a cinematographer, recalling his traumatic childhood, his sexual crises, and his fatal revenge as an adult. The film explores a deep mix of eroticism, exploitation, obsession, and violence, inevitably lending to both a vivid and compelling story of psychological daring. The story is told from the killer’s point-of-view who films the deaths of his victims. Made in 1959 (and released theatrically in 1960) by the talented British director Michael Powell, Peeping Tom stirred great controversy in its era and gradually acquired a cult reputation.

LaserDisc Picture:
Intended to be viewed at 1.66:1, this transfer measures 1.57:1. The picture is very pleasing with vivid colors, natural fleshtones, deep blacks and good shadow detail. It is very sharply detailed, obviously from a great looking high contrast print. There are no artifacts to mar the viewing experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is plain old monaural and undistinguished.
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