Dressed to Kill

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Overview

This exceptional, budget-priced MGM special edition of Dressed to Kill should be used as a template for other DVD releases. Brian De Palma's controversial but beautifully made and honestly chilling homage to Psycho has been completely remastered and this edition comes with a bonanza of DVD extras, including the choice between De Palma's original cut and the theatrically released R-version of the movie. Shot in a gauzy style not unlike a surreal 1970s Penthouse pictorial, past attempts to bring the movie down to ...
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Overview

This exceptional, budget-priced MGM special edition of Dressed to Kill should be used as a template for other DVD releases. Brian De Palma's controversial but beautifully made and honestly chilling homage to Psycho has been completely remastered and this edition comes with a bonanza of DVD extras, including the choice between De Palma's original cut and the theatrically released R-version of the movie. Shot in a gauzy style not unlike a surreal 1970s Penthouse pictorial, past attempts to bring the movie down to the small screen have met with disappointment, but the anamorphic widescreen transfer featured here is faultless. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is of an equally high caliber and shows off Pino Donaggio's wonderfully overripe score. While the DVD gets all the technical details right, it also features a number of worthy extras. The DVD includes a digital photo gallery and two "making of" featurettes, including an in-depth one at 45 minutes and a shorter one by future director Keith Gordon. The De Palma stereotype is that he has the emotional frigidity found in a Kubrick movie and these features bear that out. Another DVD bonus glibly compares scenes found in the X-, R-, and G-versions of the movie, while the film's feminist detractors are given equal time with "Slashing Dressed to Kill." The central murder in Dressed to Kill remains startlingly brutal decades after the movie's initial release but it should be noted that De Palma did it for the same reason that Hitchcock staged the murder in Psycho -- not to have viewers cheer on the murderer, but to have them on the edge of their seats praying that another murder won't occur.
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Special Features

Option to switch to unrated version of Dressed to Kill; a making-of documentary with Brian De Palma, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, and Dennis Franz; unrated, "R"-rated and TV -rated comparison featurette; Slashing Dressed to Kill featurette; An Appreciation by Keith Gordon featurette; animated photogallery; collectible booklet; original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Just as Brian De Palma's Obsession rewrote Vertigo, Dressed To Kill rewrites Psycho. This time out, however, De Palma displays far more wit in an overhaul enjoyable for even those less immersed in Hitchcockiana than himself. Criticized for its sadism, the film might more accurately be described as an exploration of the sadism already implicit in Hitchcock's work, particularly in a bravura opening sequence featuring Angie Dickinson. Of course, how easily viewers let De Palma off the hook will depend on how literally they take the whole exercise. Certainly decades of advancement in gay rights date certain aspects of the film. But with De Palma it's best never to underestimate the satirical element, and here he combines his biting humor with some of the most thrilling suspense sequences of his career. It's a delicate balance that can produce such misfires as Body Double but when done right makes for a pretty thrilling ride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • UPC: 027616865526
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,048

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Dr. Robert Elliott
Angie Dickinson Kate Miller
Nancy Allen Liz Blake
Keith Gordon Peter Miller
Dennis Franz Detective Marino
David Margulies Dr. Levy
Ken Baker Warren Lockman
Brandon Maggart Cleveland Sam
Mary Davenport Woman in Coffee Shop
Susanna Clemm Betty Luce
Norman Evans Ted
Bill Randolph Chase Cab Driver
Sean O'Rinn Museum Cab Driver
Fred Weber Mike Miller
Sam Williams Subway Cop
Robert Lee Rush Hood
Natalie Massara Conductor
Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director, Screenwriter
Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Fred Caruso Associate Producer
Joe Cranzano Makeup
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Steve James Stunts
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
George Litto Producer
Natalie Massara Musical Direction/Supervision
Vic Ramos Casting
Michael Rauch Asst. Director
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Weist Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/In The Shower [:09]
2. The Doctor Is In [1:29]
3. Scenes From A Museum [1:56]
4. Afternoon Rollercoaster [:43]
5. In The Elevator [3:40]
6. Dr. Elliot's Razor [4:07]
7. Police Analysis [:27]
8. "Park Avenue Whore" [8:01]
9. One Night, Two Places [:30]
10. Follow That Girl [5:54]
11. Among Shrinks [3:34]
12. Bad And Dirty Dreams [3:27]
13. The Last Slash [:21]
14. Sexual Pathology 101 [1:46]
15. In The Shower, Part II [2:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
      Play Theatrical Version
      Play Unrated Version
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      "The Making of a Thriller" Documentary
      Featurettes
         "A Film Comparison: The 3 Versions of Dressed to Kill"
         "Slashing Dressed to Kill" Featurette
         "Dressed to Kill: An Appreciation by Keith Gordon|}|
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Animated Photo Gallery
      Advertising Photo Gallery
         Ad Slicks
         International Posters
         Poster Concepts
         Lobby Cards
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         Digitally Enhanced 5.1 English
         Original English Mono
         Français
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dressed To Thrill

    Aside from 'Sisters' with the amazing Margot Kidder, paying homage to Hitchcock has never been as fun as this shockingly violent, sexually charged psychological thriller from Brian DePalma! Dressed to Kill is packed to the rafters with more bloody thrills and erotic chills than you can shake a straight razor at - not to mention a musical score that adds to the over all feel as well. Bravo to DePalma and Angie Dickenson as the sympathetic heroine in peril who (possibly) goes the way of Janet Leigh in Psycho. One gets the sense that with films like Black Dahlia he's longing to return to the erotic thriller genre. Let's hope he keeps trying. His penchant to take risks however, is far more evident in these early thrillers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Erotic Masterpiece

    A brillant erotic thriller full of symbolism, sex and slashing. Angie Dickinson is perfect as the frustrated wife starved for sexual fulfillment. Each facial expression and body movement 'telegraphs' her uncontrollable craving for sexual satisfaction. Every article of clothing she wears conveys the message, 'she is available on a moment's noitce'. The front-hook bra, the absence of pantyhose or garter belt, the soft white dress that unbuttons completely down the front, her half-slip and brief panties, and the very high heel open slingbacks all advertise her availability. As erotic as her cries of ecstasy and the writhing of her hungry body are in the cab scene, the brillant enchanting musical score by Pino Donaggio towers above them. The movements and dress of the 'slasher' appeared quite amateurish and detracted from the atmosphere of tension; however the actual slashing was most effective. Her prolonged self-gratification and rape fantasy in the opening shower scene were graphic yet tasteful and very effectively established her constant need for sexual relief. The lighting and sound at times were flawed, but the film is unquestionably the 'gold standard' of erotic thrillers.

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