Blu-Ray Review: “Dressed To Kill” Criterion Collection Edition

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770_BD_box_348x490_originalDirector Brian De Palma has many classic films on his resume. “Carrie,” “The Untouchables,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Scarface” just to name a few.

De Palma’s 1980 thriller “Dressed To Kill” has finally been given a much needed upgrade via “The Criterion Collection” format and it has been worth the wait. Everything about the film seems brand new and the picture and sound have never been better.

De Palma channels Hitchcock with his use of camera angles and the grisly demise of Angie Dickinson who like Janet Leigh in “Psycho” doesn’t stick around very long. Michael Caine is the creepiest he has ever been on film and Nancy Allen is always fun to watch when directed by De Palma.

This “Director Approved” Special Edition is packed with special features that include:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma’s preferred unrated version, supervised by the director, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between De Palma and filmmaker Noah Baumbach
  • New interviews with actor Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian
  • The Making of “Dressed to Kill,” a 2001 documentary
  • New profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted
  • Interview with actor-director Keith Gordon from 2001
  • Pieces from 2001 about the different versions of the film and the cuts made to avoid an X rating
  • Gallery of storyboards by De Palma
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Koresky

If you have never seen this modern day classic then it’s time to let Brian De Palma’s terrifying movie magic chill you to the bone.

Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!


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Pat FrancisBlu-Ray Review: “Dressed To Kill” Criterion Collection Edition