On September 6th, Fox and MGM released the classic suspense thriller on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released Brian De Palma’s timeless MGM classic Dressed to Kill on Blu-ray, recalling the hazy days when studios released films that had true sexual and moral tension, a by-product of the grindhouse movement started in the early 1970’s. The film is a dark, psychological crime thriller with twists and turns, that never gives you what you expect, but delivers throughout.
Angie Dickinson plays Kate Miller, a sexually-repressed housewife who seeks treatment from Oscar-winner Michael Caine’s Dr. Robert Elliott. While secretly leaving a hotel after a one-night affair, Kate is mysteriously murdered by a tall blonde woman wearing sunglasses. The only witness is a high-priced call girl played by Nancy Allen, who soon becomes the killer’s next target. With the help of Kate’s grown son, Peter (Keith Gordon, A Midnight Clear), Liz discovers that the murderer is connected to Dr. Elliott, and the pair come face-to-face with a shocking surprise.
This high definition release is consistent and impressive, while maintaining the rich grainy texture of the original film print. That should make classic film fans happy. The audio track is equally impactful, making for an overall high quality presentation.
- The Making of a Thriller is an extensive retrospective documentary that features interviews with many members of the cast and crew, except for Michael Caine.
- A Film Comparison – The 3 Versions of Dressed to Kill allows viewers to see the subtle (and not so subtle) differences between the unrated, R-rated, and network TV versions of the opening shower scene, the opening murder sequence, and the scene with Liz stripping down to her lingerie in Dr. Elliot’s office.
- Slashing Dressed to Kill features De Palma, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon discussing the changes that had to be made to avoid an X-rating for the film.
- Dressed to Kill: An Appreciation by Keith Gordon features Gordon Brian De Palma’s life, creativity and work.
- Photo Gallery
- Original Theatrical Trailer in high definition
Check out clips from Dressed to Kill below.