Dressed To Kill
by Johnny Bray
Dressed To Kill is a pretty standard thriller - even by today's
standards. Plus, like so many other movies, it seems to have been made as an
excuse to throw a bunch of sex and nudity together.
This does not make for an entertaining two hours. In order for a
thriller to be entertaining, it has to be thrilling. Dressed To Kill is about
as frightening as Scream.
Brian de Palma is a great director, with a very unique visual style.
Even less-than-spectacular movies like Snake Eyes and Mission to Mars are worth
watching because of his direction.
Unfortunately, he didn't give himself much to work with here. There is a
"twist" at the end that is really not that hard to see coming if you pay
attention. And then it ends with a thriller cliché so big that it's
rather disappointing. Of course, in its defense, it might not have been a
cliché back in 1980.
The movie opens with a very revealing shower scene starring Angie
Dickinson. It seems de Palma couldn't figure out how to start the film, so he
decided to throw in a bunch of nudity to get people hooked. It's all downhill
Michael Caine stars Dr. Robert Elliot, a therapist who gets pulled into
something he never imagined. Angie Dickinson is the love-starved woman who
turns to him for help, and Nancy Allen is the witness who must also turn to him
All the elements are here for a thriller: murders, sex, unsuspecting
heroes, a cat-and-mouse game, and a "twist" ending. However, even with all the
elements in place, Dressed To Kill remains a predictable and
MGM is starting to give their DVDs the gold treatment. Even though this
movie was made in 1980, the picture and sound are excellent. It's presented in
2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compatible) and Dolby Digital 5.1
Extras include the "unrated version option," The Making of Dressed To
Kill, "Unrated, R Rated and TV Rated" comparison featurette, slashing Dressed
To Kill featurette, an appreciation by Keith Gordon featurette, animated
photogallery, collectible booklet and the theatrical trailer.
Dressed To Kill, from MGM Home Entertainment
105 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16X9 enhanced, 5.1 Surround
Starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, and Nancy Allen
Produced by George Litto
Directed by Brian de Palma.
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