(aka 'She Let Him Continue')
A one-off minor masterpiece from debut director Black, Pretty Poison stars Perkins as the factory worker and part-time arsonist, who gets more then he bargained for when he teams up with impressionable teenager Weld. Giving new meanings to the phrase quiet waters run deep, Perkins with his psychological problems is no match for Weld's murderous intent. While Perkins initially manages to teach her a trick or two, the roles are soon reversed. Impressively dark comedy, especially noteworthy for Perkins' performance. Black's direction manages to get the most out of the tight script, by regarding his characters with a mixture of horror and fascination.
Theatrical Release: October 23rd, 1968
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.76 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 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Another winner from Fox with an above-average transfer on a darkly inventive film - all at a very reasonable price. Anamorphic and progressive transfer with optional subtitles - colors, contrast and sharpness are strong. We may compare this to the Region 2 UK PAL edition but I suspect this is superior in image. Certainly a no-brainer buy!
NOTE: You should mention that the R2 DVD of Pretty Poison (you reviewed R1) contains a full commentary by the director and German film historian Robert Fischer (Thanks Daniel)