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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RHODA'S BACK! - Hide All Sharp Objects

    Even today the mention of the name, Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormick) conjures up disturbing chills. And it¿s no wonder; there is something genuinely unsettling in this ¿The Bad Seed.¿ On the surface Rhoda is a precocious eight year old blonde moppet of considerable charm and alarmingly mature lady-like grace. Under that thin veneer however she is absolute poison, inflicting pain suffering and even death on anything and anyone that gets in the way of her selfish desires. Like Linda Blair¿s Regan from ¿The Exorcist¿, McCormick¿s performance excels at generating mixed feelings of guilt, compassion and reviled disgust for this pint size psychotic masquerading as Doris Day. Nancy Kelly is outstanding as Christine, Rhoda¿s conflicted mother ¿ unable to choose between disciplining her off spring and merely turning a blind eye to her willful deluge of mayhem. Under Mervin LeRoy¿s direction, the story nimbly unleashes its reign of terror, ultimately shocking, confusing and leaving its audience with many nightmares to come. Warner¿s DVD transfer is superb. The image is remarkably clean, with a very solid and beautifully rendered gray scale, deep blacks and excellent contrast levels. Fine details are fully realized. There is a total lack of edge effects and other digital anomalies for an exceptionally smooth visual presentation. The audio is mono but with a considerable punch to it. Extras include a featurette (billed as a documentary) in which present day Patty rambles on about the making of the film and her involvement in the production. Truthfully, McCormick¿s reminiscences boil down to a ¿look at me, wasn¿t I wonderful?¿ diatribe with inserts from the film included as predictable filler. There¿s also an audio commentary with McCormick and Charles Busch that¿s somewhat entertaining to listen to.

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