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directed by Robert Sparr
USA 19
69

Pretty Diana snuggles up to married golf pro Jerry Marshall and suggests they play a more intimate game. Quick as you can say videotape, Diana has blackmail evidence and a chilling demand: I’ll kill your golf rival and you kill my psychiatrist. Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure) headlines a ’60s Malibu Beach version of Strangers on a Train, the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel about swapped murders. Turning a golf cart and a putter into lethal weapons, Diana upholds her end of their bargain. Now it’s Jerry’s (Paul Burke) turn – or else. Diana really wants her shrink offed. Why? Seems he’s the only one who’s figured out she’s one dangerous psycho. At least, he’s the only one until Jerry hears Diana’s crazy-scary scheme.

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Theatrical Release: December 21st, 1969

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:45:32
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.15 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: October 19th, 2010
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Comments

So Carol Lynley  is this icy, psychotic sexpot - part of a goofy, unrealistic double-murder scheme with blackmail ala The Master's Strangers on a Train. It's a film that keeps approaching areas where it will work - but continues to fade back into silliness. Even Lynley's photogenic hotness is no remedy for holding this poorly-written film together.

It's standard single-layered and progressive in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and fine. Colors are very bright detail strong and there is no damage to speak of. Visually it looks very strong. The disc supports the film with a fine transfer with plenty of positives and no undesirable flaws.

The stereo sound is good enough and there are no subtitles, nor supplements offered.

Once You Kiss a Stranger (an oddly related title) had some potential but the pieces were not put together with enough care. Lynley's blasť attitude for 'Diana' becomes frightfully irritating. Before the title credits of the film come up we see her character as so bizarre it couldn't possibly have existed in society without exposure (she bursts a child's beach ball with a spear gun and tries to scold her cat by putting it in the fridge.) Where is her evolution or 'stresser'? to quote Criminal Minds. Did she just hatch out of the Ocean? The golf segments are unnecessarily long as well. Anyway, there is no reason to discuss it - we just suggest avoiding this film. The moral being 'don't be taken in by a pretty face' (both on the Pro golf circuit and in DVD buying).  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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