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The Naked Kiss (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1964)

Constance Towers , Anthony Eisley , Samuel Fuller  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly
  • Directors: Samuel Fuller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047P5FS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Naked Kiss (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interview with star Constance Towers
  • Excerpts from a 1983 episode of the BBC?s The South Bank Show
  • Interview with Fuller from a 1967 episode of the French television series
  • Interview with Fuller from a 1987 episode of the French television series
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: Illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World)

  • Editorial Reviews

    The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), perverse secrets inevitably simmer beneath a seemingly wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter), and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, The Naked Kiss is among Fuller’s greatest, boldest entertainments.

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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE! December 20, 2004
    "EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE!" shrieks the trailer to Samuel Fuller's 1964 B-movie extravaganza "The Naked Kiss," and you'll believe that claim eventually even though it initially causes a snicker. Fuller, arguably more than any other American director of the time, helped push Hollywood far beyond the staid, cookie cutter studio productions of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. Here's a film that is a real envelope pusher, a film that deals with themes that must have absolutely shocked audiences of the 1960s to the core of their being. Heck, "The Naked Kiss" still has the power to shock today, and that's saying something about a black and white film that is now forty years old. Fuller, who had begun challenging film audiences much earlier with such films as "Pickup on South Street" and "Shock Corridor," went on to produce, write, and direct other notable films. Before watching "The Naked Kiss," the only Fuller picture I knew about was his homage to the fighting men of World War II, 1980's "The Big Red One." According to information gleaned during several Internet excursions, the French in particular embraced Fuller even as American audiences forgot about him. The recent DVD explosion is sure to rekindle a love for the man's films on this side of the Atlantic.

    We see a good deal of that emotional violence--as well as a dose of physical violence--in the opening scenes of "The Naked Kiss," as an aging yet still attractive harridan named Kelly (Constance Towers) pummels her pimp senseless with a high-heeled shoe. She's striking out on her own, taking a sum of money from her now prostrate boss in order to make her escape. Kelly feels that the years of abuse and degradation have rendered her useless and decrepit, and she hopes a new start will restore a modicum of her youthful zest for life.
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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars CRIPPLED SOULS April 23, 1999
    Produced, written and directed by Samuel Fuller, THE NAKED KISS is a little jewel. Constance Towers, in a " à la Gena Rowlands " role, gives a performance you won't forget easily. A great thanks then to Criterion which allows us to rediscover this wonderful movie.
    Samuel Fuller, from his 1940 debut in Hollywood until his last movies in France, deserves to be considered as one of the great american directors of the last fifty years. He mainly visited the western, war movies and film noir genres and gave us such masterpieces as FORTY GUNS, SHOCK CORRIDOR and UNDERWORLD, U.S.A. With no big stars but with a style of its own. Raw, violent and provocative, for the eyes and also for the intellect.
    THE NAKED KISS is a movie destined to shock the audience. An emotionally ultra-violent first scene prepares us to a journey through Cinderella Land and the Garden of Evil. Samuel Fuller won't let anybody unharm. The Charming Prince, the Hooker with a heart big as the world, the Cop blasé : everybody will suffer in front of Fuller's camera.
    It's the third time I watch THE NAKED KISS, the first time on DVD, and I like it even more now. Its atmosphere is one of the strangest you can find on film. Remember Charles Laughton's NIGHT OF THE HUNTER ? One can feel a bit of this dreamy atmosphere in Fuller's movie. The child song Constance Towers sings with the handicapped children will give you the chill.
    Image is great, a few white spots now and then coming from a non-perfect copy. The sound is good but you'll have to turn your volume control. Scene access and theatrical trailer as bonus features.
    A DVD for your library.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars OK DVD of Sam Fuller classic July 2, 2007
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I had never seen the film, but had heard about it for a long time. I wanted to see it, but was reluctant to spend the money on the Criterion version without seeing it first. The price of this Miracle edition is so low, I had nothing to lose---even if I buy the Criterion later.

    This is a facinating film--- read all the reviews for all the editions. But it IS a low budget production. This Miracle disc, while not being in the same league with Criterion is really pretty watchable. It's no demonstration disc, but it's a way to own a movie you may not want to watch very often.

    If you are a serious collector, go for the Criterion. Otherwise, this one is a lot better than one has any right to expect for something that's being sold for a few cents plus shipping.
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    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    A couple reviews on here give this film low marks, even as far as Fuller films go, which is silly, like saying Plan Nine from Outer Space is bottom shelf Ed Wood. What? Fuller's style is ragtag and raw, like Weegee meets a commie spy in a dark alley and slugs out a newspaper singlehanded. No one ever accused Fuller of being subtle or smooth. Thank God for it. You have to see this film with the same respect for low budget simplicity and ragged editing you'd grant to 60s nouvelle vague like Breathless and Les Bonnes Femmes or early Cassavettes. Otherwise, y'all might as well go back to watching Malibu CSI or whatnot. NAKED KISS is prime Fuller, standing tall with classic pulp like KISS ME DEADLY.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Range of the Human Experience July 8, 2002
    THE NAKED KISS opens with such a shocking, lurid and erotic scene of a prostitute violently beating her pimp, seen blow by blow from his point of view, that the viewer is immediately jolted and gripped by these images and is mesmerized. Director, Samuel Fuller hooks you and he doesn't let go. The statuesque Constance Towers is the prostitute named Kelly and eventually she arrives at a new town where she ultimately decides to start a new life that leads to her working with disabled children. Certain aspects of her past experiences lead her to conclusions that are unspeakable about the "normal" society that she has now established herself in. This is truly a remarkable film because director- writer Fuller takes the viewer to avenues of unexpected emotional response both subtle and outlandish touching raw nerves along the way leaving one disconcerted and devastated. The chiaroscuro cinematography by Stanley Cortez shooting the light and dark elements of Constance Towers face and figure within each frame lends to the off beat and sensational visual expression of this torn figure of a woman. Towers and Cortez both complete Fuller's vision of a hard world speckled with fleeting moments of sentimentality and an ever-elusive sentimentality.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars A MAVERICK CLASSIC
    Only mad dog Sam Fuller could be capable of filming in the Hollywood of that time, such an improbable, ridicule, camp, kitsch B movie and make a masterpiece of it, just on a... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Nomlac
    1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality
    This is for the instant video. I only watched about 10 minutes and then gave up, as the picture was so faded that I could hardly see any expressions on the actors' faces, or even... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Maggie Goff
    5.0 out of 5 stars What Lies Beneath
    "The Naked Kiss" is one of the most provocative films you'll ever see. Its themes are stated bluntly but not too explicitly by director-writer Samuel Fuller. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by David Baldwin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Campy Guilty Pleasure !
    The Naked Kiss is unforgettable ! Really shows you what pulp fiction is on film. Plot-wise the story of a reformed prostitute seems unlikely to entertain. Read more
    Published 21 months ago by K. Nolting
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Kiss...
    Hard to find film, arrived quickly in plenty of time for Xmas. Amazon comes through once again, Great movie with General Hospital's long time recurring star Constance Towers...
    Published 22 months ago by Diane Hessdi
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Film Made Way Before Its Time
    I once asked a fellow film enthusiast to suggest a unique film that he thought I might enjoy. Something I had never seen before but would appreciate. Read more
    Published 24 months ago by Blue Leaf
    4.0 out of 5 stars Way Ahead Of Its Time
    Be sure to watch the Criterion version. The picture was so clear I honestly thought it was a new "retro" period film. Read more
    Published on September 4, 2012 by mr. contrarian
    5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Kiss Fully Clothed Joy of Film
    This movie is suspenseful without being over the top. The score moves the action along, and the camera angles glimpse a dimension in film making seldom accomplished in post modern... Read more
    Published on August 15, 2012 by Yugen F. Rashad
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good
    Only Fuller's films run the gamut from low brow Ed Wood-like total crap to great moments and writing that rival the best moments in a Stanley Kubrick or Martin Scorsese film. Read more
    Published on June 7, 2012 by Cosmoetica
    5.0 out of 5 stars Constance towers above the rest with a tour de force opening scene...
    How can you not like this flick? Sam Fuller was definitely a blunt instrument in the world of film. A bald prostitute, a child molester, a bunch of singing kids and a cop named... Read more
    Published on March 4, 2012 by Dr. Morbius
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