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Directed by Curtis Hanson
USA 1987

 

Upwardly mobile architect Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg, The Day After) has it made—until his boss’s wife, Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert, Elle), witnesses an attempted murder through his bedroom window. In order to keep their affair a secret, Terry reports the crime in her place. When the authorities find that Terry’s account of the incident is flawed, he becomes the prime suspect in a string of mysterious murders. Terry is now trapped in a web of deceit and is desperate to reveal the killer’s identity before it is too late. Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) wrote and directed this Hitchcockian thriller which masterfully delivers one shocking plot twist after another. The stellar cast includes Elizabeth McGovern (The Favor), Paul Shenar (Man on Fire), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Maury Chaykin (Unstrung Heroes) and Mark Margolis (Hannibal).

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In director/writer Curtis Hanson's 1987 chiller The Bedroom Window, architect Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) experiences a most disorienting turn of events when his French lover, Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert) - the wife of his boss - walks over to the titular window in-between lovemaking sessions and witnesses a mysterious man strangling a helpless victim (Elizabeth McGovern). By the time Guttenberg comes to the window, he can see only a crowd of spectators. Because Sylvia wants to avoid a messy involvement in the case (which would soil her reputation, ruin her marriage and cost Lambert his job), Guttenberg agrees to pretend that he witnessed the attack. The ruse, of course, leads to a myriad of complications. And meanwhile, with the psycho still on the loose, Lambert sets out to find him.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 6th, 1987

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:53:29.385        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,932,244,428 bytes

Feature: 21,429,344,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,932,244,428 bytes

Feature: 21,429,344,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette
• Theatrical Trailer (1:58)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 14th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (May 2019): Kino have transferred Curtis Hanson's The Bedroom Window to 1080P Blu-ray. It seems faithful to the film's appearance with decent color depth (albeit green/brown-leaning in indoor shots) and modest contrast but it is not a dynamic look - although would be an obvious advancement over SD. This is on a single-layered BD with a middling bitrate. There is some background noise but most home theatre owners will appreciate this HD presentation despite minor compression or digitization flaws - visible if you look under the microscope or zoom-in extensively.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master track (16-bit) in the original English language. It exports the film's minor aggressive moments (screams etc.) and the score credited to Patrick Gleeson (The Plague Dogs), and Michael Shrieve (Blue Movies). The lossless transfer seems adept if not impressively notable although the score orchestrations are effective. The Kino offers optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has an excellent commentary from Peter Tonguette who extols Curtis Hanson claiming The Bedroom Window to be one of the director's best film - a 'top-notch thriller'. He explains that Guttenberg was not Hanson's first choice and it is apparent the disparity between him and Huppert in their scenes.  It's a keen analysis on the film and worth the indulgence. The Blu-ray also has a trailer for The Bedroom Window and trailer for other films.

Yes. The Bedroom Window  has appeal - a very watchable thriller - good concept, perhaps stealing from other films. Hanson is a great storytelling-style director, no fuss and some suspense is developed. It's a kind of 'B'-level modern thriller that I'm okay with owning on Blu-ray. The Tonguette commentary is an enticing addition. Recommended to fans of the genre and those interested in, even her limited screen-time, ice-princess, Isabelle Huppert (double 'hubba').

Gary Tooze

 


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