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(aka "Olivia" or "Beyond the Bridge" or "Prozzie" or "A Taste of Sin" )

 

directed by Ulli Lommel
USA/West Germany 1983

 

Having witnessed the murder of her prostitute mother (Bibbe Hansen) at the hands of a client (Nicholas Love, JENNIFER 8) when she was a child, Londoner Olivia (Suzanna Love, THE BOOGEY MAN ) grows into a young woman with a double life: the brutalized wife of welder Richard (Jeff Winchester) by day, and exploring her mother's sadistic proclivities as a lady of the night. She falls in love with kind American Mike (Robert Walker, THE DEVONSVILLE TERROR) who is supervising the transport of London Bridge to Arizona, but their happiness is cut short when Richard discovers them and a struggle sends Richard into the Thames and Olivia running into the night. Four years later in Arizona, Richard sights from London Bridge a tour guide who resembles Olivia and pursues her, but he is not the only one... A low-budget VERTIGO constructed around the reconstruction of London Bridge in Lake Havasu in 1971 - a move which also brought the spirit of Jack the Ripper stateside in the 1985 TV movie TERROR AT LONDON BRIDGE - OLIVIA (known as PROZZIE in the UK) is one of the artier American exploitation films of Fassbinder-trained actor-turned-director Ulli Lommel (TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES). The eerie blue-gelled cinematography that David Sperling brought to Lommel's THE BOOGEY MAN works equally well here for a De Palma-esque erotic thriller and Jerry Goldsmith's son Joel (LASERBLAST) provides a suitably romantic synth score, but a death-by-toothbrush is too silly however soberly executed (and far more suited to the gag's recycling in Lommel's BOOGEYMAN II which was a deliberate send-up). Lommel's muse Love is as vulnerable and sensual, while Walker (the lookalike son of Farley Granger's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN co-star) is a bit shortchanged by the script since much of the film is told from the POV of its object of mystery and desire rather than her pursuer. The film also points the direction in which Lommel's later little-seen eighties and nineties passion projects Lommel would take while he was still churning out work-for-hire exploitation pics (which were very low budget but still more "filmic" than his 2000-era DTV true crime films like BLACK DAHLIA).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: March 1983 (USA)

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Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:54 1:24:00.076
Video

1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.1 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 24,258,574,474 bytes

Feature Size: 18,010,638,336 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.95 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Image Entertainment

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.82:1

Edition Details:
� Interview with director Ulli Lommel (16:17)

DVD Release Date: 10 September 2000
Snapper Case

Chapters 14
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 24,258,574,474 bytes

Feature Size: 18,010,638,336 bytes

Total Bitrate: 24.95 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with director Ulli Lommel (4:45)
• Interview with Cinematographer Dave Sperling (24:05)
• Trailer Reel (18:05)
• Reversible Sleeve with Alternate Artwork
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 13th, 2017

Transparent Blu-ray case (thick - UK)

Chapters: 8

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region FREE- Blu-ray - March 17': Colors take a dramatic shift in the 1080P transfer from 88 Films in the UK. They often warm to a kind of golden hue. I have no idea which is more theatrically accurate although the SD flesh tones didn't look 'wrong' to me. The new BD is advertised as "Remastered 2K Transfer from Original Film Materials". There is a shift within the frame - the Blu-ray having a little less on top and a bit more on the bottom edge. Mostly the visuals are darker but look solid in-motion although detail does not rise as most might anticipate when compared to the very old, and very out-of-print, DVD.

88 Films use a linear PCM track (24-bit) but the film's audio is probably more a function of the original production and has some hushed dialogue. The score is by Joel Goldsmith - eldest child of the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith who has done some interesting work on his own - including Carl Reiner's excellent The Man with Two Brains. It keeps the mystery aspects supported and there are no subtitle options on either disc. Both are region FREE.

Extras on the Blu-ray include, what appears to be, a relatively new, interview with director Ulli Lommel plus a full 24-minutes with Cinematographer Dave Sperling. There is also a lengthy trailer reel of 88 Films releases. The package does have a reversible sleeve with alternate artwork.

Curious film - a sex-based Vertigo... but that side of the plot is not played out extensively. I liked the film's concept and Suzanna Love's performance but Prozzie is less-polished and that would have greatly benefitted the viewing experience, imo. I think by going a little deeper and fleshing out the character further we might become more invested in her circumstances. Others may appreciate the grass-roots, barren, feel. It seems to be missing something yet I was still drawn to the story. Interesting film.

 - Eric and Gary


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