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(aka "Before I Die")

directed by Peter Bogdanovich
USA 1968

The Blu-ray of Targets is reviewed/compared HERE


Karloff in effect plays himself as Byron Orlok, a horror star on the point of retiring, who suddenly confronts the reality of contemporary American horror in the form of a psychopathic sniper (O'Kelly) picking off anyone he can see with a vast artillery of weapons. Bogdanovich was given the money to make the film by Roger Corman, who also allowed him to use extensive footage from Corman's Poe movie 'The Terror' in the sequences at the drive-in cinema where the confrontation takes place. The result is a fascinatingly complex commentary on American mythology, exploring the relationship between the inner world of the imagination and the outer world of violence and paranoia, both of which were relevant to contemporary American traumas.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

Theatrical Release: May 15th, 1968 - New York City

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DVD Review: Paramount  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Paramount Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime approx. 1:29:00 
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic

Edition Details:
• Short Featurette by Bogdanovich (8:00)
• Commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 21

The Blu-ray of Targets is reviewed/compared HERE

Solid DVD. Decent image, if a shade dark. I found the sound a little hushed at times. The colors are true and appear free from enhancements. It has a great commentary as well as short featurette with director Bogdanovich. Anamorphic... all for only $9 at Amazon at present. Jump all over this one film buffs. An impacting film experience.   

Gary W. Tooze

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