(aka 'Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession' or 'Illusions')

UK 1980


  Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell). When their all-consuming passion takes a life-threatening turn, Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) is assigned to piece together the sordid details. Acclaimed for its innovative editing, raw performances, and stirring musical score, featuring Tom Waits, the Who, and Billie Holiday, Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing is a masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.


Theatrical Release: September 12th, 1980 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 303 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:02:04 
Video 2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.62 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.31:1

Edition Details:

• "Trade Secrets: - Interview with Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas (27:56)
• New interview with Theresa Russell
• 8 Deleted scenes
• Original theatrical trailer
• Gallery of behind-the-scenes production photos and original posters
• Liner notes essay by film historian Richard Combs and a reprinted interview with Art Garfunkel, from 1980

DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2005

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Chapters: 23




One of the most film-like transfers I have seen from Criterion. I don't even think the screen captures give it true justice in this case. Everything seems perfectly balanced and exacting in the color dept. with a clean anamorphic, progressive transfer that produces a sharpness that appears acute. Extras speak for themselves - and I was most keen on the enigmatic Roeg being interviewed and discussing the film (I do suggest watching it after the film itself as it does give away a lot of the film's plot details). Theresa Russell comes across is a far better light as a serious actress than a lot of the T&A fluff that has become associated to her through her career. Strongly recommended DVD package from Criterion.  out of     

Gary W. Tooze


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