The Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler

Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy
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The Boston Strangler

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2004
UPC: 0024543119982
Original Release: 1968
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

AMC Backstory: The Boston Strangler; Fox Movietone Newsreel; Theatrical teaser and trailer; Fox Flix trailers

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
Gwyda DonHowe Alice Oakville
George Voskovec Peter Hurkos
Leora Dana Mary Bottomly
Carolyn Conwell Irmgard DeSalvo
Jeanne Cooper Cloe
Austin Willis Dr. Nagy
Lara Lindsay Bobbie Eden
George Furth Lyonel Brumley
Richard X. Slattery Ed Willis
William Hickey Eugene T. Rourke
Alex Dreier News Commentator
John Cameron Swayze TV Commentator
James Brolin Sgt. Lisi
George Tyne Dr. Kramer
Dana Elcar Louis Schubert
William Traylor Arnie Carr
Carole Shelley Dana Banks
Karen Huston Pat Bruner
Enid Markey Edna
Almira Sessions Emma Hodak
Richard Krisher Tom
Arthur Hanson Commissioner
Walter Klavun Chief of Police
Tim Herbert Cedric
Janis Young Louise Parker
George Fisher Mr. Taylor
David Lewis Judge Schroeder
Greg Benedict Dick Matheson
Tom Aldredge Harold Lacey
Nancie Phillips Barbara Wise
Marie Thomas Gloria

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

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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The Boston Strangler 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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.