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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

You'll Like My Mother [Blu-ray]


(Lamont Johnson, 1972)


Coming to Blu-ray in the UK by Final Cut Ent. in July 2023:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Universal

Video: Shout! Factory



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:33:07.623

Disc Size: 36,964,850,308 bytes

Feature Size: 23,330,648,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 10th, 2016



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1643 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1643 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), none



The Mystery of Kenny and Kathleen (55:38)
Photo Gallery (2:15)
Trailer (2:21)





Description: Why did they fear Francesca’s baby?

Oscar winner Patty Duke stars in the tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller, You’ll Like My Mother.

When her husband is killed in Vietnam, Francesca Kinsolving (Duke) finds herself alone… and pregnant. She makes her way to Minnesota in order to meet her late husband’s mother, certain that she’ll be greeted with open arms. But Francesca soon discovers that there may be more to the Kinsolving family than she ever imagined… and that this simple family reunion is only the beginning of a waking nightmare.

Rosemary Murphy (To Kill A Mockingbird), Richard Thomas (The Waltons), and Sian Barbara Allen (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance) also star in this "intriguing, tautly directed thriller [that delivers] a high level of terror and tension", (TV Guide)!



The Film:

Though it sometimes looks like a TV "Movie of the Week' deflected to big screen, You'll Like My Mother is all in all a neat little nailbiter with a strong cast. Pregnant army widow Francesca Kinsolving (Patty Duke), conditioned by her late husband to expect a warm welcome, visits her in-laws in snowbound Minnesota. Mother-in-law Rosemary Murphy is not only resentful of Patty's presence, she refuses to acknowledge fact that her son ever married. There are other surprises in store for Francesca, including a homicidal son-in-law Richard Thomas and a mentally-challenged sister-in-law Sian Barbara Allen. In addition, Francesca's mother-in-law harbors a "little" secret: she's not Patty's real mother-in-law at all, but a scheming aunt who wants to inherit family fortune and wants no inconvenient relatives blocking her path. Slowly and deliberately, terror builds upon terror, right up to the bone-chilling finale. Jo Heims adapted the script from a Naomi A. Hintze novel.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

The tale of a pregnant girl (Duke), widow of a soldier killed in action, who undertakes a long journey to visit the mother-in-law (Murphy) she has never met. She finds herself snowbound in a sinister house on the edge of town inhabited by a subnormal girl (Allen), a shadowy figure (much is made of facial distortion through stained glass), and the mother-in-law, whose strident manner and skill as a nurse speak volumes. Johnson's direction tends to lay on the spooks a bit heavily, while the over-familiar situation (with echoes of Rosemary's Baby) is a further strait-jacket. That said, though, several risky scenes are brought off with some aplomb.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE


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

You'll Like My Mother looks solid on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. It's dual-layered with a high bitrate. The 1080P image quality supports a very pleasing image with consistent, even, grain and bright true colors. Contrast is adept and some depth sneaks through. There are no flaws - the video is consistent and clean producing, what appears to be, an authentic visual presentation. It exceeded my expectations.


















Audio :

A standard lossless DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo track at 1643 kbps (24-bit) supports the, occasionally creepy, score by Gil Melle (The Andromeda Strain, The Deliberate Stranger, 7 episodes of Kolchak the Night Stalker and Frankenstein: The True Story.) that pushes the high end. It all sounds clean and clear. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.


Extras :

Extras consist of a 55-minute piece entitled The Mystery of Kenny and Kathleen which interviews Patty Duke and Richard Thomas (separately). They discuss their memories of the production and other tidbits of their respective careers. I found it interesting although lengthy. There is also a photo gallery and trailer.




I liked this film more than I thought I should. Director Lamont Johnson established the film's claustrophobic atmosphere exceedingly well. It's imperfect with some unusual plot-points, but the positives outweigh the negatives with the baby-angle, snowstorm, large mysterious house, mute and mentally-challenged sister, family secrets etc. The Shout! Factory Blu-ray produces an above-average presentation - worthy of a early 70's horror night - possibly part of a double-feature evening. I was very entertained. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

April 30th, 2016


Coming to Blu-ray in the UK by Final Cut Ent. in July 2023:


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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