Excerpt: Dr. Robert Elliott (Michael Caine) has a successful therapist’s practice, complete with a large base of clients, most of them female. When one of his female clients is brutally murdered with a razor, he is hesitant to become involved, especially in manners with the police. In turn, the police don’t seem too interested in the case on the whole, so the case is left open and little is done to look into it, beyond the simplest of tasks.
Conclusion: This is a fun, sleazy, vouyeuristic thriller that showcases the best and worst of Brian De Palma’s directorial tendencies. As usual, he does nothing small which can work beautifully or make the final result so over the top that it becomes campy. In this instance, De Palma toes the line between camp and over the top thriller, and manages to not cross over into unintentional hilarity which he failed to do with Scarface .
Summary: I suspect that Fox timed this release to coincide with Scarface on blu-ray which was of course DePalma’s most famous direction. It just so happens that one is in transit to me (not for review, but for general enjoyment) as well. So you could say I have had quite the handful of DePalma to watch lately. In such, I have gathered a deep appreciation for his films and will seek out more as time goes on and I find ones I am particularly interested in.
Excerpt: Brian De Palma’s Hitchcockian thriller starts off with a middle aged woman named Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) in the shower. She lathers up and shows off the goods, heads out into the bedroom, and then feigns her enjoyment as her husband mounts her. Her marriage is dead and she knows it, but at least she got a cool kid out of the deal in the form of science geek Peter (Keith Gordon). Later that day she heads to her shrink’s office for her regular session with Dr.
Conclusion: While not as shocking or controversial as it was during its initial theatrical run, 'Dressed to Kill' remains a highly stylish and impressively well-crafted mystery thriller from Brian De Palma. With strong performances by Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, and Nancy Allen, the film is also a great study in composition and the Hitchcockian approach to suspense, making it a worthwhile watch more than 30 years later.
Excerpt: The Movie Angie Dickinson stars as a desperate housewife whose life takes a couple of unfortunate turns after a wild fling with a total stranger. The first is a major "Oh my God" bombshell, but the second has far greater consequences than that. And Dressed to Kill has no shortage of such twists upon twists, even if more than one element here is an homage to Hitchcock's Psycho .
Pros: Actors: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Director: Brian DePalma, Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (French), Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Number of discs: 1, Rating: Unrated, Studio: MGM/Fox, Release Date: September 6, 2011, Run Time: 105 minutes, List Price: $24.99, Extras: "The Making of a Thriller" Unrated, R-Rated and TV-Rated...
Conclusion: I don't necessarily prefer Dressed to Kill to Scarface —also being release on Blu-ray on the 6th—but I do think it's more fun, loveably sleazy and filled with grand guignol shocks. It's also impressively directed, with some truly inspired camerawork. MGM's Blu-ray looks and sounds much better than I had expected—and comes with all the special features from the DVD—so make sure you pick this one up too when you snag Scarface . Recommended!