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.