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Body Double

Special Edition
Genre: Erotic Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 114 (Nov 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Craig Wasson, Gregg Henry, Melanie Griffith, Deborah Shelton & Guy Boyd

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include four featurettes: the 17-minute The Seduction, 17-minute The Setup, 12-minute The Mystery, and 5-1/2-minute The Controversy. There are also two previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 15012
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.94
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/03/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brian De Palma
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Body Double is an erotic suspense thriller from Brian De Palma about a down-on-his-luck actor (Wasson) who house-sits for a new actor friend. The house is situated with a telescopic view of a beautiful neighbor woman (Shelton) whom he watches every night through her open windows as she dances erotically. He follows her and they meet in a moment of romantic bliss. When he witnesses her brutal murder, he becomes obsessed with the mystery of the crime and becomes entangled with a crucial link to the murder in the form of porn queen Holly Body (Griffith). With her help, he pursues the killer.

DVD Picture:
Even though the original DVD release looked good, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture cleans up some of the compression artifacts, making it look much less digitally harsh. Colors are still well rendered, with accurate flesh tones and rich warm colors. Details are slightly better resolved in this release as well. (Danny Richelieu)

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