WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dressed to Kill

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID25950R
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1980
(LD Release Date): 02/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Brian De Palma
(Screenplay/Written By): Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, David S. Ward & Jeff Arch
(Story): NA
(Music): Pino Donaggio
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gary Weist
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Jerry Greenberg
(Supervising Sound Editors):
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): George Litto

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
One of De Palma’s better psychological thriller outings, a definite homage to Hitchcock (with an elevator scene akin to the famous shower scene in “Psycho.”) Here there’s a transsexual killer on the loose, threatening Dickinson, Allen and even his/her shrink, played by Caine. Great switch ending. This is an unrated director’s cut.

LaserDisc Picture:
De Palma and cinematographer Ralf Bode use the width of the accurately framed 2.35:1 Panavision® frame to effectively heighten the suspense. The picture quality is the best ever seen for this movie on LaserDisc, but there are still quite prevalent artifacts and grain. The picture has a very soft quality with poor shadow detail, although the scene to scene lightning is exceptionally natural. Color fidelity is good with natural flesh tones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The mono soundtrack is undistinguish-ed although serviceable. Dialogue is consistently intelligible.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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