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Dressed to Kill [VHS] (1980)

Michael Caine , Angie Dickinson , Brian De Palma  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Fred C. Caruso, George Litto, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B21V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Angie Dickenson in a thriller movie

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Pure Cinema' thrill-machine, one of De Palma's best October 3, 2001

(USA - 1980)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

Brian De Palma's superb thriller borrows the plot structure of PSYCHO (1960) to tell a completely original story in a manner which Hitchcock would surely have admired. The 'Pure Cinema' approach deployed here also evokes the best work of Dario Argento, though De Palma clearly has his own agenda. His script attends the fall-out from a terrifying attack on a frustrated housewife (Angie Dickinson) by a razor-wielding maniac who then turns his/her attentions to the sole witness, a streetwise hooker (Nancy Allen) who teams up with Dickinson's teenage son (Keith Gordon) when she becomes a suspect in the case.

A masterful example of visual storytelling, DRESSED TO KILL employs constantly roving camerawork to propel complex characters through a series of bravura set-pieces (the museum, the elevator, the subway, etc.), filmed in breathtaking Panavision by the late cinematographer Ralf Bode. At a time when most current scope movies are designed primarily for TV - which rather defeats the whole purpose of scope photography! - it's a revelation to see the entire width of the 2.39:1 frame being used to define characters and advance the plot through an accumulation of visual tricks and counterpoints. Pino Donaggio's memorable score provides an often thunderous accompaniment to the on-screen horrors, and it's refreshing to find a grown-up cast (including a restrained Michael Caine) making the most of a scenario which addresses mature themes in an intelligent manner. This intense thriller refuses to sacrifice integrity for the sake of cheap shocks, but it still manages to scale the dizzying heights of genuine horror.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of blu ray September 19, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It's very exciting to see DRESSED TO KILL on blu ray and for all fans the question when a blu ray of an older film already owned on dvd comes to blu ray is - how does it look? Is it worth it to double or even triple dip? The answer here is a resounding YES - the film looks and sounds great on blu ray and is a must have. There has always been much controversy over how good a film DRESSED TO KILL is and as to how original director Brian De Palma actually is. Many critics considered this a Hitchcock rip-off and others thought De Palma used his same standard directiorial mechanics here to results similar to his other films. I myself love this film and like to think any Hitchcockian comparisons are actually done in a respectful bow to Hitchcock. And though I did find some scenes similar to those in De Palma's CARRIE, this film stands on its own as an excellent scary and suspenseful film with a very original story line. We know De Palma loves his shower scenes here and the shots with Angie Dickinson (and the body double for close ups) are legendary.

But what about the bu ray. This is a film from 1980 and overall the video presentation here is superb. Though the picture isn't always fully sharp the clarity is excellent. Close ups are crystal clear with flesh tones very realistic. Colors are vivid and pop. The black/white ratio is overall excellent. Sometimes blacks come across a little shadowy but this most likely has to do with the original film source. There is some graininess but it is again part of the intentional viewing experince. With the blu ray you get an overall clear, exciting and vivid picture with clarity that pulls you in. And the audio is amazing. The DTS HD Master 5.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good thriller May 18, 2001
Watching a really good thriller is like enjoying a feast after a day long fast. Absolute Satisfaction !!! This movie embodies all the elements of a great thriller ... * A taut script * Well Developed Characters * Hard hitting acting. The story begins with Angie Dickinson, a bored housewife largely unsatisfied with her husband who yearns for more. On one of her visits to the museum she befriends a strange man and has an affair with him. She enjoys her time spent with the stranger realising how much she was missing when she is with her husband and on one such occassion while returning home she is brutally murdered in an elevator. A young lady (Nancy Allen) catches a glimpse of the murderer and she initially becomes a suspect and later a prime witness. Giving away any more of the story would be a crime as the several twists and turns this movie takes are what make it so engrossing. A tad slow moving at times the movie picks up the pace almost immediately before the viewer realises with some finely nuanced performances by Michael Caine,Angie Dickinson,Nancy Allen and Dennis Franz among others. The suspense is maintained throughout the film and makes you want to watch it again and again. This movie is an absolute must for a collector and I hope the Special Edition does some justice to this fine movie. Also recommend watching the following ... * The Usual Suspects * Out of Sight * The Rear Window.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1980 was a very good year for some groundbreaking films in different genres that completely reshaped and redefined the genre they represented, ranging from Stanley Kubrick's haunting psychological ghost story horror film "The Shining" to Brian De Palma's erotic psychological mystery thriller "Dressed To Kill".

Written & directed by De Palma, this chiller did for elevators what Hitchcock's "Psycho" did for showers two generations before it, and still has people squeamish of elevators; and for good reason. This is a darkly satiric film about voyeurism, paranoia, erotica, sexual perversion, sexual deviancy, sexual identity, psychological fear, sexual escapades, and murder, which tells a story of a sexually frustrated housewife who is only trying to find sexual satisfaction and has a one night stand, then gets sliced the f**k up in an elevator by a transsexual with a sexual identity crisis, starring Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Michael Caine, and Dennis Franz.

The film starts with, not one, but two back-to-back erotic sex scenes, the first as the film opens and Kate Miller (Dickinson) is in the shower, soaping herself in a very erotic way as her husband is shaving right outside the shower curtain, when a strange man appears and proceeds to rape her from behind, only for her to awaken in bed while having sex with her husband. De Palma bookends the film with dream sequences, beginning the film with Angie Dickinson, and the last one with Nancy Allen's character Liz Blake, in the shower, and they're both very erotic yet suspenseful scenes in one sense or another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Angie Dickinson Film !
Dressed To Kill was released in 1980 and starred Angie Dickinson. I saw it in the theatre. Using fantasy and imsgination, it set new boundaries as to how far a film make could go... Read more
Published 18 days ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed to Kill
This is a great Angie Dickinson movie.
Published 1 month ago by beatcall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent thriller!
Published 1 month ago by M. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed To Thrill
Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon star in this thrilling, sensual classic about a woman who feels unsatisfied with her married life and an seeks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Endora Aphrattos
3.0 out of 5 stars The mystery story line was good, tho
Very graphic material, initially. The mystery story line was good, tho.
Published 1 month ago by Babygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 1 month ago by Mike Ognibene
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensuous, creepy, and scary!
I've never been a big Angie Dickinson fan but she's used wonderfully in this as a frustrated and doomed housewife. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ScreechingSnake
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed for Blu Ray
This is one of those movies I wanted to own on Blu Ray and I wasn't disappointed in my purchase of this movie on Blu Ray.
Published 2 months ago by Mark A. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
If you're looking for a scary movie with a story line and a great cast .... this is your movie. I saw it years ago and
loved it, and I felt the same way after watching it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Semple
2.0 out of 5 stars Back in Viet Nam days,
They were showing this movie in the theatre on base. Sexy start, Bloody conclusion. I lost interest after the second killing. San Francisco area. Yeck.
Published 4 months ago by carl smith
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