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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Savage Attraction')


directed by Frank Shields

In 1980s Australia, Young runaway Christine is dragged into a whirlpool of psychological terror when she marries a coworker, Walter, who turns out to be a modern-day Nazi. Pregnant and facing life-threatening complications, she's caught up in a wave of crime and deception when she accompanies him to Germany and becomes a hostage in a nightmare from which there may be no escape.


Theatrical Premiere: May 5th,1983


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DVD Review: Code Red - Region 1 - NTSC

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Code Red

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:09

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.11 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles Burned-in English subtitles for German dialogue
Features Release Information:
Studio: Code Red

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.85:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Keep Case

Chapters 12





Firstly, there is a Blu-ray from Code Red, HERE of this title. I don't own it to review, but it is undoubtedly the same source - and has the same supplements, I would guess.

This is single-layered and anamorphic in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks reasonable/modest but without glaring weaknesses aside from the SD compression. I expect the 1080P would improve the image but perhaps not demonstratively. It's clear and consistent, with a shade of texture. 

Lossy Dolby audio in both English and some German (with burned-in English subtitles - see sample below). The audio is unimpressive but consistent and the only supplements are a trailer for the film and some other Code Red trailers.

Hostage: The Christine Maresch Story aka "Savage Attraction" is based on a true story and I was keen to see this Australian film hoping for some Ozploitation remnants. Frankly, it was somewhat disappointing although the suspense and thriller aspects may carry appeal. The salacious cover's prophecy is a let-down and substantially under-whelms if you were hoping for more. Pass.

  - Gary Tooze



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