The Hillside Strangler

The Hillside Strangler

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The Hillside Strangler

A dark and genuinely disturbing recount of the brutal murders that terrified the citizens of Los Angeles in the late '70s, director Chuck Parello's The Hillside Strangler arrives on DVD in top form thanks to Tartan Video. This unrated version of the film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, perfectly preserving director of photography John Pirozzi's moody lighting and stylish lensing. Tartan has obviously taken great care to present one of their first stateside DVD releases as cleanly as possible, and their hard work has paid off with a great visual presentation. Likewise, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio scheme offers an impressive and evenly balanced mix of dialogue and music. A listen to the director's commentary track reveals that the well-versed Parello is indeed extremely knowledgeable in regards to the facts in the case of the Hillside Strangler, and though the occasional questionable comment such as one stating that The Hillside Strangler is really "a funny film in a lot of ways" may raise something of a red flag among sensitive viewers, his comments about the solid rapport between leads C. Thomas Howell and Nicholas Turturro are dead on. An extended interview with Howell finds the thoughtful actor weighing the responsibilities of such a heavy role in addition to addressing the appeal of serial killer-themed films in the public eye. Three incidental deleted scenes add little to the overall story, with a theatrical trailer, Spanish subtitles, and closed-captioning rounding out the special features on the commendable Tartan Release.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
UPC: 0842498020036
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Tartan Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:38:00

Special Features

Chapter selections; Theatrical trailer; Director's commentary; Deleted scenes; Spanish subtitles; Closed captioned; Interview with C. Thomas Howell

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
C. Thomas Howell Actor
Nicholas Turturro Actor
Allison Lange Actor
Lin Shaye Actor
Lin Shea Jenny Buono
Molly Brenner Actor
Aimee Brooks Actor
Hal Cutler Actor
Tricia Dickson Actor
Keva Hargrove Actor
Alexa Jago Actor
Julia Lee Actor
Zarah Little Actor
Kent Masters King Actor
Natasha Melnick Actor
Sarah Ann Morris Actor
Kevin Mukherji Actor
Laura Mulrenan Actor
Marisol Padilla Sanchez Actor
Robbie Peron Actor
Brandin Rackley Actor
Ken Rosier Actor
Jennifer Tisdale Actor
Roz Witt Actor
Cletus Young Actor

Technical Credits
Chuck Parello Director,Screenwriter
Michael Avery Executive Producer
Lawrence Fried Sound/Sound Designer
Gregg Gibbs Production Designer
Paul Heiman Editor
Alexa Jago Executive Producer
Stephen Johnston Screenwriter
Jennifer Joos Art Director
Hamish McAlpine Producer
Michael Muscal Producer
Niklas J. Palm Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pirozzi Cinematographer
Johanna Ray Casting
Danny Saber Score Composer
Carol Siller Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hillside Strangler
1. Opening [5:25]
2. Going to California [5:41]
3. Carrie & Matilda [8:37]
4. "Meet My Cousin" [6:13]
5. "Landed You a Gig" [7:41]
6. Shake Down [3:23]
7. Pay Back [7:13]
8. "You're Under Arrest" [8:45]
9. Trick or Treat [6:35]
10. Body in La Crescenta [7:24]
11. Call Girl [6:40]
12. Mother's Funeral [7:02]
13. Cops at the Door [2:42]
14. New Life [3:12]
15. "Come On In" [7:26]
16. Credits [3:50]

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