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Crimes of Passion
     

Crimes of Passion

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Director: Ken Russell, Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin

Cast: Ken Russell, Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin

 

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Ken Russell's erotic drama Crimes of Passion comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Russell and

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Ken Russell's erotic drama Crimes of Passion comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Russell and screenwriter Barry Sandler, deleted scenes with optional commentary, and a theatrical trailer. This controversial film is presented in an unrated director's cut that contains scenes that were edited out of the original theatrical release.

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The prime example of Ken Russell's proclivity for examining bizarre sexual underworlds, Crimes of Passion fails to generate resonance from its sensationalist subject matter, more concerned with taboo than insight. Anthony Perkins' porno priest, who quotes Bible passages moments after emerging from a peep show (and that's his least ripe offense), is the epitome of Russell's cartoonish, overstated approach. Kathleen Turner provides some balance to Perkins' scenery chewing, enough for the Los Angeles Film Critics' Association to have honored her as Best Actress, but she fights a losing battle with Russell's aggressive desire to shock. The film is so grisly and fixed in its perverted milieu that the daytime scenes feel like they might have been spliced from another movie. As a result, the B-story about the unraveling marriage doesn't work. Still, Russell has earned kudos for his unwillingness to soften his agenda, and Crimes of Passion wins some respect solely on the basis of this audacity. Ever eager to remove any glamour from the world of prostitution, Russell again explored the underbelly of the world's oldest trade in Whore (1991), which left viewers and critics cold for similar reasons.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0013131139396
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Ken Russell and writer/producer Barry Sandler; Deleted scenes featuring audio commentary with writer/producer Barry Sandler; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathleen Turner Joanna Crane/China Blue
Anthony Perkins Rev. Peter Shayne
John Laughlin Bobby Grady
Annie Potts Amy Grady
Bruce Davison Donny Hopper
John Scanlon Carl
Vince McKewin Group Member No. 3
Deanna Oliver Group Member No. 4
Stephen Lee Jerry
Pat McNamara Frank
Seth Wagerman Jimmy Grady
Joseph Chapman Walt Pierson
Norman Burton Lou Bateman
Thomas Murphy Phil Chambers
Donald J. Westerdale Airline Trick
John Rose Arthur
Louise Sorel Claudia
Lisa Hayslip Hooker
Pamela Anderson Hooker
Janice Kent Patty Marshall
James Crittenden Tom Marshall
Ian Petrella Jimmy's Friend
Randall Brady Cop
Peggy Feury Adrian
Gerald O'Loughlin Ben
Molly Russell Little Girl in Music Video
Victoria Russell Bride in Music Video

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director
Donald P. Borchers Co-producer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Linda Francis Casting
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Bob Manning Production Manager
Stephen Marsh Art Director
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Christy Ann Newquist Makeup
Barry Sandler Producer,Screenwriter
Barbara Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Editor
Larry Thompson Executive Producer
Rick Wakeman Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:12]
2. Therapy Session [1:53]
3. Miss Liberty, 1984 [5:01]
4. Madman of the Cloth [3:59]
5. Stalk and Chase [4:16]
6. Family Squabbling [5:38]
7. Music Video Madness [2:32]
8. Under Surveillance [3:48]
9. Savior of the Soul [4:16]
10. Sex Toys [3:36]
11. Hardcore [4:27]
12. Case Closed [4:42]
13. Flight to Paradise [5:56]
14. "Ready When You Are, C.B." [3:00]
15. Randy Reverend and the Naughty Nun [3:54]
16. Breakfast at the Gradys [4:17]
17. Violent Fantasies [1:21]
18. The Old H.P. [3:11]
19. Bedroom Honesty [5:44]
20. Bobby Meets Joanna [3:48]
21. Messenger of God [2:41]
22. Police Brutality [4:17]
23. Act of Kindness [4:37]
24. Passion [4:48]
25. "All I Want Is My Husband" [4:22]
26. Choices [2:54]
27. Last Rites [5:58]
28. Salvation [4:03]
29. End Credits [2:04]

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Crimes of Passion 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one has its moments, but its a lot of Ken Russell weirdness. Its part (1980's) MTV video and part psycho-sexual thriller.It never comes together, but when you get to see Kathleen Turner ham it up as Miss Liberty, and Anthony Perkins rant on as a perverted parson, you can't feel cheated. Its an hour and a half victimless crime. Watch the unrated,Euro version, if possible.