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You'll Like My Mother [Blu-ray]
(Lamont Johnson, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 36,964,850,308 bytes
Feature Size: 23,330,648,064 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps
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?
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.
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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 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.
April 30th, 2016
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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