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Columbia's DVD edition of Strait-Jacket has plenty to offer both fans of vintage horror and Joan Crawford aficionados. The disc's anamorphic widescreen transfer is nearly spotless and serves up Arthur E. Arling's vivid black-and-white cinematography in high style. The audio reproduces the film's original mono soundtrack, which lacks the vivid soundscape of a stereo recording, but manages to deliver an unexpected amount of punch (especially during the numerous murder scenes). The Strait-Jacket DVD also offers a ...
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Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John, John Anthony Hayes, Rochelle Hudson 2002 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 90 mins. Aspect ... ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1964. BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED! ! ! Read more Show Less

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Columbia's DVD edition of Strait-Jacket has plenty to offer both fans of vintage horror and Joan Crawford aficionados. The disc's anamorphic widescreen transfer is nearly spotless and serves up Arthur E. Arling's vivid black-and-white cinematography in high style. The audio reproduces the film's original mono soundtrack, which lacks the vivid soundscape of a stereo recording, but manages to deliver an unexpected amount of punch (especially during the numerous murder scenes). The Strait-Jacket DVD also offers a surprising amount of extras that will delight Crawford fans. The most entertaining is "Battle Axe," a short documentary that combines interviews with star Diane Baker with the observations of horror film historians. It unearths plenty of tidbits about the film's production, including how the star got one of her husband's colleagues a major supporting role in the film and how she demanded the climax be reworked to give her equal screen time. There are also wardrobe and makeup tests that show off Crawford in a playful mood and an "ax-swinging" test that shows she could handle this weapon with skill. The package is rounded out by trailers for Strait-Jacket, 13 Ghosts, and Mr. Sardonicus. All in all, this DVD edition of Strait-Jacket does justice to this ax-swinging camp delight and is a must for the film's fans.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Language: English; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese; Bonus trailers; "Battle-Ax: The Making of Strait-Jacket"; Joan Crawford costume and makeup tests; Ax-swinging screen test; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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This vintage William Castle shocker draws inspiration from Psycho, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, and old Joan Crawford melodramas like Mildred Pierce in equal measure. The result is too derivative to be considered a classic, but its blend of campy thrills and surreal shocks make it a lot of fun. The script, penned by Psycho author Robert Bloch, hinges upon a "surprise" ending that modern viewers won't find too difficult to guess, but his story line offers enough plot contortions and juicy dialogue to keep things entertaining. The key attraction of Strait-Jacket is Joan Crawford, who tears into her role with all the vigor her camp devotees would expect. Crawford doesn't just chew the scenery, she outright devours it. Highlights include a scene where a delusional Crawford flirts outrageously with her daughter's fiancé, Michael, and the tantrum she throws when confronted with her asylum-inmate past by Michael's snooty mother. It's Crawford's show all the way, but Diane Baker provides solid support as her much put-upon daughter and George Kennedy manages to steal a few scenes as a slovenly hired hand whose attempt at blackmail goes fatally awry. Strait-Jacket also benefits from vigorous direction by William Castle, who stages the film's murder scenes with gruesome élan and works in some sly moments of humor to keep the melodramatic plot from becoming overripe. In short, Strait-Jacket is likely to disappoint anyone in search of a serious shocker, but will delight anyone who can appreciate chills of the campiest variety.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • UPC: 043396069299
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Lucy Harbin
Diane Baker Carol Harbin
Leif Erickson Bill Cutler
Howard St. John Raymond Fields
John Anthony Hayes Michael Fields
Rochelle Hudson Emily Cutler
George Kennedy Leo Krause
Edith Atwater Mrs. Fields
Mitch Cox Dr. Anderson
Lee Yeary Frank Hardin
Patricia Krest Stella Fulton
Vickie Cos Carol Aged 3
Patty Lee 1st little girl
Laura Hess 2nd little girl
Robert Ward Shoe clerk
Howard Hoffman
Lee Majors
Technical Credits
William Castle Director, Producer
Richard Albain Special Effects
Van Alexander Score Composer
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Robert Bloch Screenwriter
Edwin H. Bryant Editor
Ben Lane Makeup
Boris Leven Production Designer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
Monty Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [8:17]
2. Reunion [2:27]
3. Farm Tour [1:40]
4. Carol's Studio [6:07]
5. Michael Arrives [1:24]
6. Taking Mother Shopping [2:09]
7. Lucy Wigs Out [1:42]
8. Bad Dreams [4:19]
9. Killing Chickens [1:51]
10. With Michael's Family [3:32]
11. Drinks With Mother [4:01]
12. A Phone Call for Lucy [2:18]
13. Dr. Anderson Stops In [:17]
14. "How Are You, Lucy?" [3:16]
15. "Doctor, How Is My Mother?" [4:28]
16. Anderson Gets the Ax [3:12]
17. Hiding the Car [3:27]
18. "I Lied to You." [1:38]
19. Krause's New Car [3:12]
20. Leo Loses His Head [5:16]
21. On the Way to a Party [5:03]
22. "Let Me Out!" [1:17]
23. Getting Acquainted [1:53]
24. Looking for Lucy [5:09]
25. Whack Attack [4:47]
26. Doppelganger [3:39]
27. "She's Insane!!" [1:05]
28. Explanations [1:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Battle-Ax: The Making of Strait-Jacket
      Joan Crawford Costume and Makeup Tests
      Ax-Swinging Screen Test
      Trailers
         Strait-Jacket
         13 Ghosts
         Mr. Sardonicus
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Fun From a True Auteur - William Castle

    If you've ever wondered what "Psycho" would be like with a female playing the Norman Bates character - wonder no longer - this film comes as close as possible, without being totally derivative (even though Robert Bloch wrote both screenplays). This film features a terrific performance by Miss Crawford as well as a great twist ending.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Incredible performances!

    This is an absolutely cliff hanging story that'll have you on the edge of your seat! A softer, but more tantalizing feel of Physco enraptures you in this great film. I didn't see the end coming at all, and it held my attention constantly. Definitely a movie I'd recommend to family and friends. And it wasn't so horribly scary that I didn't sleep that night, but I'l never forget it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is the film where Crawford plays good time gal Lucy Hardin, tramping her way through town in 40s regalia designed to make her look 30 when she is actually over 60. Lucy joyfully hacks her two timing hubby and his harlot and is put away in an asylum for 20 years. Upon release heads begin to roll and the fun begins..... We just love to see Joan tramping her way thorugh this the way we all wish we could. Interesting performance by Diane Baker as Miss Butter Wouldn't Melt In Your Mouth Carol!!!! And was this Rochelle Hudson's last film???? Whatever, few things equal this film, earining the moniker "You've gotta see it to believe it!"

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