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directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
USA 1986

 

No one really knew him. Not local politicians awed by his “Kennedy-like” presence. Not the coeds he charmed. And when the nation found out who Ted Bundy was, it was too late to save the lives of innocent young women nationwide. Mark Harmon (NCIS) portrays serial killer Bundy in a movie that’s harrowing as only true-life crime sagas can be. Seattle reporter Richard W. Larsen’s book Bundy: The Deliberate Stranger provides the basis for this startling portrait of an elusive killer, who was finally tried and executed in 1989. Nerve-frayed investigators (Frederic Forrest, M. Emmet Walsh and others) detect a pattern in the victims’ deaths and ultimately arrest Bundy – who escapes twice! He resurfaces in Florida. And before the modern era’s most desperate manhunt closes in, he strikes again.

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TV Premiere: May 14th, 1986

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (2-disc - Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:24 + 1:32:51
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.63 / 5.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: October 6th, 2009
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Chapters 9 + 9

 

Comments

Mark Harmon really established a name for himself in The Deliberate Stranger - his haunting portrayal of Ted Bundy is nothing short of brilliant. I remember seeing this almost 25-years ago - and I will never forget it. I think it is as riveting as ever and a fascinating bio-pic-esque 2-part feature. Excellent entertainment from his student roots to grisly murders - from investigation to capture/escape/capture/escape culminating in his court case judgment.

Both disc are standard single-layered and progressive in the original 1.33:1 TV aspect ratio and the image quality is very good for this format. Of course a gripe is not rendering it to a single disc (it wouldn't affect the transfer quality) as Warner Archive have produced some dual-layered DVDs before. This is flat but has impressive detail and colors don't appear faded. It still looks video-like but is consistent and very watchable.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The are no supplements but I'd have loved to see Harmon interviewed about his performance or some discussion of the development of the production.

This is excellent TV and both educational and riveting as a true-crime drama. Even knowing the outcome this is an intriguing introspective look at the serial killer psyche - it is very realistic in terms of details and hence uncomfortably scary. If you missed this on television it is one, almost 3-hour, 2-parter that you will want to watch. Recommended!   

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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