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For a midline-price title, The Boston Strangler has received a surprisingly nice remastering and packaging job from 20th Century Fox. The anamorphically enhanced transfer is positively gorgeous, effectively conveying the richness of Richard Kline's moody, noir-ish cinematography and also making it possible to appreciate the film's complex multi-panel split-screen effects (which make viewing the film in widescreen format a necessity). The audio sticks to the film's original mono soundtrack but it is well-preserved...
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For a midline-price title, The Boston Strangler has received a surprisingly nice remastering and packaging job from 20th Century Fox. The anamorphically enhanced transfer is positively gorgeous, effectively conveying the richness of Richard Kline's moody, noir-ish cinematography and also making it possible to appreciate the film's complex multi-panel split-screen effects (which make viewing the film in widescreen format a necessity). The audio sticks to the film's original mono soundtrack but it is well-preserved and presents a potent mix of dialogue and sound effects. A few nice extras are thrown on the side -- there are teaser and theatrical trailers, a period newsreel about the real Boston Strangler killings, and more recent episode of Backstory from American Movie Classics that documents the making of the film. In short, this disc offers a great transfer of The Boston Strangler and the nice extras add some icing on the cake. It's well worth the time for anyone interested in this film.
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Special Features

AMC Backstory: The Boston Strangler; Fox Movietone Newsreel; Theatrical teaser and trailer; Fox Flix trailers
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This gripping real-life story is one of most underrated police procedurals around, not to mention an interesting precursor to modern-day fictional serial-killer tales like The Silence of the Lambs and Seven. The Boston Strangler remains potent even by modern standards because it hits the right balance between showing the gruesome details and leaving things to the viewer's imagination. Using intriguing multi-panel split-screen effects, director Richard Fleischer effectively conveys how terror grips the people of Boston as the killer stalks his prey and gradually shows more of the killer's gruesome deeds as the tension builds. Fleischer also gets stellar performances out of a top-flight cast: Henry Fonda's upright, all-American persona brings instant credibility to his detective character, and familiar character actors like George Kennedy and Murray Hamilton add convincing supporting performances as his colleagues. However, the movie really belongs to Tony Curtis for his portrayal of the title character. Even though he doesn't appear until the film is almost half over, Curtis' skillful portrayal of a man who can't fathom the monstrous side of his own mind is as heartbreaking as it is frightening. It is a testament to the quality of his performance that the filmmakers allow the third act to hinge upon his ability to convey the character's personality disorder. All in all, The Boston Strangler is a powerful portrayal of the serial killer mindset and worthy of rediscovery by true crime buffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 024543119982
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis Albert De Salvo
Henry Fonda John S. Bottomly
George Kennedy Phil Di Natale
Mike Kellin Julian Soshnick
Hurd Hatfield Terence Huntley
Murray Hamilton Frank McAfee
Jeff Corey John Asgiersson
Sally Kellerman Dianne Cluny
William Marshall Edward W. Brooke
Tom Aldredge Harold Lacey
Greg Benedict Dick Matheson
James Brolin Sgt. Lisi
Carolyn Conwell Irmgard DeSalvo
Jeanne Cooper Cloe
Leora Dana Mary Bottomly
Gwyda DonHowe Alice Oakville
Alex Dreier News Commentator
Dana Elcar Louis Schubert
George Fisher Mr. Taylor
George Furth Lyonel Brumley
Arthur Hanson Commissioner
Tim Herbert Cedric
William Hickey Eugene T. Rourke
Karen Huston Pat Bruner
Walter Klavun Chief of Police
Richard Krisher Tom
David Lewis Judge Schroeder
Lara Lindsay Bobbie Eden
Enid Markey Edna
Nancie Phillips Barbara Wise
Almira Sessions Emma Hodak
Carole Shelley Dana Banks
Richard X. Slattery Ed Willis
John Cameron Swayze TV Commentator
Marie Thomas Gloria
William Traylor Arnie Carr
George Tyne Dr. Kramer
George Voskovec Peter Hurkos
Austin Willis Dr. Nagy
Janis Young Louise Parker
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Edward Anhalt Screenwriter
Don Bassman Sound/Sound Designer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
John C. Caldwell Special Effects
James Cresson Associate Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Richard Day Art Director
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Fryer Producer
David Hall Asst. Director
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Marion Rothman Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director, Production Designer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [:10]
2. First Victims [2:51]
3. Early Inquiries [:49]
4. The Roundup [3:50]
5. Useless Precautions [3:44]
6. New Job [6:16]
7. A Different M.O. [2:16]
8. A Tip [2:33]
9. Messianic Delusions [3:18]
10. Strange Hobby [1:39]
11. Psychic [1:21]
12. The Wrong Man [6:45]
13. Psychology Student [:21]
14. The Wrong Man [3:00]
15. Number Eleven [5:17]
16. The One That Got Away [:31]
17. Captured [7:42]
18. Matching Data [1:01]
19. A Visitor [4:02]
20. Trying to Remember [:54]
21. Talking to the Doctor [1:45]
22. A Small Step [2:00]
23. Late Night Musings [2:56]
24. The Memoires Stir [5:03]
25. Reenactment/End Titles [1:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: French Mono
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Fox Movietone News: Boston Strangler
      Backstory: The Boston Strangler
      Theatrical Teaser
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix
         Don't Say a Word
         From Hell
         The Grapes of Wrath
         Joy Ride
         My Darling Clementine
         One Hour Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boston Mayhem

    I must admit that when this film was shown on T.V. I refused to watch it because of(all people to play the role) Tony Curtis!! also the network ruined the film with censorship editing. However,viewed today the DVD's restored scenes and wide screen edition looks great and Curtis' acting and makeup is truly phenomenal. How sad for all involved on the picture to learn it was completely omitted from Oscar nominations!!? The split screen was innovative for it's era and works to an advantage rather than a hindrance as it combines several busy scenes and keeps the viewer's mind active with the plot. The story of the gruesome killings is told without gore or extended gratuitous nudity yet conveys a sense of shock, just by the acting alone. Lionel Newman's score adds a nice touch of pervading terror. This is not a horror movie or a slasher flick just a well done film that plays out like a classic whodunnit in an almost docu-drama style.

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