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(aka 'She Let Him Continue' or 'Der Engel Mit Der Mörderhand')

Directed by Noel Black
USA 1968

 

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.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: October 23rd, 1968

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:29:12  1:29:16.726 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,197,321,108 bytes

Feature: 20,188,643,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.27 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

DUB: LPCM Audio German 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, Spanish, None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer
• recommendations

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Intergroove

Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 20,197,321,108 bytes

Feature: 20,188,643,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.27 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• None 
 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 6th, 2013
Bookstyle Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Intergroove - Region FREE Blu-ray - June: This is still a very cool film. The German, region-free, 1080P isn't particularly dynamic looking but you can see the improvement over the SD - skin tones cool and look more natural, but there is still only minor depth and modest tightening of detail. I see some grain textures in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio rendering.

Perhaps equally as important is the audio - we get a lossless transfer using a linear PCM at 1536 kbps in stereo. Benefitting is Johnny Mandel's (Point Blank, Deathtrap, M*A*S*H, That Cold Day in the Park, Heaven with a Gun etc.) mysterious score balanced nicely between romance and suspense. There is an optional German DUB but no subtitle options and the disc is region  FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

This is truly a bare-bones disc with no extras at all. I had forgotten how good the film was and I really enjoyed my viewing. If you haven't seen this make sure you pick up a copy...

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ON THE DVD: 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)

Gary W. Tooze





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