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(aka "Model Killer" or "Psycho Killer")

 

directed by William Byron Hillman
USA 1983

 

Michael Callan stars as Adrian Wilde, a prolific photographer whose specialty is shooting nude models for men’s magazines. His life starts to unravel when he begins to experience strange and almost lifelike dreams in which he murders the very women he’s been photographing. What’s more is that he soon discovers that they might not be dreams after all. Has he started to lose touch with reality; is he a calculated killer attempting to create an unbelievable alibi; or is something much more sinister and deadly afoot…

Co-starring Joanna Pettet (Welcome to Arrow Beach) and Seymour Cassel (Killing of a Chinese Bookie), and featuring atmospheric, scope photography by R. Michael Stringer, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is a slick and suspenseful psychological mystery fused with slasher and giallo elements. Inspired by director William Bryon Hillman’s 1974 film, The Photographer, but taking a much darker and more violent approach, Vinegar Syndrome brings this distinctly original horror obscurity to Blu-ray, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative.

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Theatrical Release: January 1983 (USA)

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Region 0 - NTSC

Vinegar Syndrome
Region FREE -
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Runtime 1:34:54 1:34:56.357
Video

2.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Disc Size: 24,737,515,532 bytes

Feature Size: 21,984,294,336 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.95 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1101 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1101 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 128 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps / DN -4dB
Isolated Score:

Dolby Digital Audio English 96 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 96 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles none English,  none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.32:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary with cinematographer R. Michael Stringer and script supervisor Sally Stringer, moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters
• Audio commentary by actor Michael Callan, moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters and Scot Spiegel
• Interview with Michael Callan (10:38)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:50)
•  Bonus Trailers

DVD Release Date: 21 February 2012
Amaray

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 24,737,515,532 bytes

Feature Size: 21,984,294,336 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.95 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director William Byron Hillman
• 'Exposing Double Exposure' interview with cinematographer R. Michael Stringer (29:28)
•  'Staying on Task' interview with script supervisor Sally Stringer (19:21)
• Isolated Score by composer Jack Goga
• Theatrical Trailer (2:50 in 1080P)
• Promotional Still Gallery
• Reversible Cover Artwork by Derek Gabryszak
 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 25th, 2017

Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters:5

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray April 17': The new 1080P transfer is a significant improvement over the old SD. Colors cool, the image is brighter (more detail) and normalize and there is much more information in the frame on the edges with a sliver more on the top. The HD image shows frequent depth and makes the DVD look like video.

Audio is transferred in a faithful DTS-HD Master mono track (24-bit) and has a small punch but is mostly, authentically, flat with audible dialogue. Jack Goga (who was responsible for some tracks in The Last Detail) does the score, which is also offered in an isolated option. It suits the film servicing the tension. There are optional English subtitles (button only - not menu driven) and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE.

Supplements include a new audio commentary by director William Byron Hillman and he's seems reasonable with some decent, in unremarkable input with someone asking occasional questions via phone. 'Exposing Double Exposure' is a 1/2 hour interview with cinematographer R. Michael Stringer and 'Staying on Task' is a 20-minute interview with script supervisor Sally Stringer. There is a theatrical trailer in 1080P and a promotional still gallery with posters and lobby cards. The package has reversible cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak.

Not the most polished production but it has a realism angle that works - decent performances too. There is nudity/sexploitation but the concept seemed a valid one and I did watch it till the end. There is certainly a nostalgia factor here as well and the Blu-ray is a giant leap beyond the DVD. No classic but has a gritty, grassroots, charm. I might even watch it again. Kudos to Vinegar Syndrome for their love affair with these titles and the work they put into the packages, extras... they deserve our respect, when most major studios simply rehash... Bravo guys!

 - Gary and Eric

 


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