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Friday, April 11, 2014
GIRL MEETS FREAK MEETS 'DRESSED TO KILL'
DISCUSSION ENSUES


Girl Meets Freak describes itself as "a horror blog where an expert and a newbie discuss films from the canon." The theme of the blog for April is "perverted killers," which of course led to a discussion of Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill. And a very lively discussion it is. Here are some excerpts (but definitely check out the entire blog discussion)...
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Sean: The whole concept behind that first shower scene is that this is what Kate is imagining while Mike is ineptly servicing her. I’m wondering if the fantasy scene here (and the other female fantasies articulated throughout the movie, like how Liz talks about sex) work as actual women’s fantasies, or are they just totally straight male ideas of what a “kinky” woman might imagine?

Kristine: I don’t feel comfortable or qualified to speak for all ladies, but I think intruder fantasies are pretty common. I wanted to be into Kate as a sexually adventurous and liberated woman, but I have to say that I found her extremely vocal and almost instantaneous orgasm a little over-the-top and frantic.

Sean: In the cab?

Kristine: Yeah. That seemed like a straight male fantasy of how a horny, kinky woman would respond to “a man’s touch.” I did think the preceding scnee, with Kate cruising for anonymous sex in the museum, was awesome and convincing...

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Sean: I wanted to ask if the painting she was looking at is a recognizable or iconic piece?

Kristine: Yes! That’s an Alex Katz painting she is sitting in front of, considering.

Sean: Tell me about it. It reminded me of those 1930s/’40s soap opera comic strips like Mary Worth or Rex Morgan, M.D.

Kristine: I don’t know that particular piece, but I knew it was Katz right away. He has a very recognizable style. Lots of portraits, especially of women. I think he is known for images of quiet angst. Like, a beautiful couple by a beautiful pool in a perfect L.A. setting, but instead of feeling tranquil and aspirational, it seems to reek of alienation. That is my take, anyway. That painting speaks to my Theory No. 1. However brief, there are several points in the movie where two women survey each other, and each time it seems very meaningful and poignant, though I can’t say I understand what exactly is supposed to be conveyed each time. Kate and lady in Katz portrait is one of the first instances of this female-on-female meaningful gaze of assessment.

Sean: I didn’t catch these lady moments of recognition, other than Liz thanking the lady cop who shot Elliott at the very end. What other ones were there?

Kristine: See, I would exclude that moment from the tally (but I also thought the movie totally fell to pieces at the end). The moments I am talking about are: Kate + Katz portrait, Kate + unfortunate-looking little girl in elevator, and Kate + Liz when the elevator doors open. Significantly, Bobbi is always wearing sunglasses, so that direct eye-to-eye contact is impossible...

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Ratings Roundup

The Girl’s Rating: Sleazesterpiece! AND Mucho racisto AND Neo-Hitchcockian gorgeousness AND Poses great questions, fumbles the answers AND This movie IS the ‘80s.

The Freak’s Rating: Sleazesterpiece! AND Pop perfection

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Posted by Geoff at 3:16 AM CDT
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Thursday, April 3, 2014
ON-SET PHOTO - 'DRESSED TO KILL'
POSTED BY NANCY ALLEN TO HER FACEBOOK PAGE


The photo above was posted today by Nancy Allen to her Facebook page for "Throwback Thursday." It shows Allen, Brian De Palma, and Dennis Franz filming Dressed To Kill in 1979.

Posted by Geoff at 5:05 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:08 PM CDT
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Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
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Saturday, March 15, 2014
'DRESSED TO KILL' DCP PROJECTION TONIGHT IN NY

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Monday, May 13, 2013
'DRESSED TO KILL' EXPANDED SOUNDTRACK TUESDAY
INTRADA RELEASE AVAILABLE "WHILE QUANTITIES & INTEREST REMAIN"
The rumors were true-- tonight, Intrada announced that its new release for Tuesday is an expanded, remastered edition of Pino Donaggio's soundtrack for Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill. This edition features many cues never before released in pure audio format. It sells for $19.99. Here is the description from the website:
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DRESSED TO KILL (EXPANDED)

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 246
Date: 1980
Tracks: 24
Time = 58:51

At last! Popular Pino Donaggio score for Brian De Palma horror thriller gets brand-newly remixed, remastered & expanded CD! Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen bring delicious psycho-killer tale to life with terrifying results. Donaggio matches mayhem with his most vivid, intense film score to date. Gorgeous main theme plays in direct contrast to suspense material. Deserving spotlight is rhythmic slashing motif, scored for orchestra with frightening trombone glissandi stealing the thunder. Though present on original 1980 two-track mixes, striking color was somehow diminished. Brand new 2013 mix from newly-discovered actual 2" 24-track session masters finally unleashes chilling trombone color at last. Session masters (long considered lost when repeated searches kept leading to partial outtake rolls only) also allow Intrada to premiere dramatic material associated with Peter (Keith Gordon) assembling, mounting his surveillance camera to scope out sinister activities. Many other cues make world premiere appearance, including further exploration of dynamic action material. Two tracks were vaulted in two-track stereo only, the remainder were vaulted in 24-track formats. Together these pristeen-condition masters allow rich, rewarding expansion of what is generally thought of as Donaggio's most terrifying work. Informative notes by Scott Bettencourt, dramatic art design by Joe Sikoryak complete exciting package! Natale Massara conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!


Posted by Geoff at 8:51 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 13, 2013 8:52 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
RUMORS OF DTK SOUNDTRACK NEXT WEEK
INTRADA FORUM TEASES EXPANDED REMASTER OF "EARLY 80S THRILLER" FOR MAY 14
In a post today on the Intrada Soundtrack Forum, Roger Feigelson teased information about an upcoming Intrada release for May 14 (this upcoming Tuesday). "One Special Collection title," he wrote. "A reissue of an early 80s thriller. This one took a long time because initially all we could find was the album master, but we really wanted to expand it. Finally, after extensive searching we found the 24-track masters of everything but the main and end title. The LP master was a little reverby, but everything else is now heard in crisp, detailed sound -- and much longer. Probably the most important work that emerged from this famous composer/director relationship." For several forum members, that last sentence immediately brought to mind Brian De Palma's 1980 thriller Dressed To Kill, with its masterful score by Pino Donaggio. An expanded remaster of this classic soundtrack would be most welcome-- we'll be awaiting a full announcement.
(Thanks to Randy!)

Posted by Geoff at 11:32 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:34 PM CDT
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
ARROW BLU-RAY OF 'DRESSED TO KILL' JULY 29
NEW ART SLEEVE BY NATHANEL MARSH, ESSAY BY MAITLAND MCDONAGH

The British Arrow Video will release a Blu-Ray edition of Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill July 29th. According to posts at Horror Digital, the set appears to include almost everything from both the American Blu-Ray and the French Blu-Ray editions, aside from the American edition's "Dressed to Kill: An Appreciation by Keith Gordon" (6:06) and the photo gallery, and the French edition's preface by Samuel Blumenfeld. What's new is the cover ("reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanel Marsh," according to the special features list) and a collector's booklet "featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Maitland McDonagh, illustrated with original archive stills and promotional material."

McDonagh is the author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento. In her Terror Trap reflection on seeing Argento's Deep Red for the first time in New York, McDonagh mentions that one 42nd Street theater paired up De Palma's Dressed To Kill with "the totally sleazy Humanoids from the Deep."

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Monday, September 17, 2012
'DRESSED TO KILL' & 'BLOW OUT' DVD & BLU-RAY
NOV. 21 FRENCH RELEASES WILL EACH HAVE NEW INTERVIEWS
Fiction Factory in Germany announced today that it has just finished production on a series of filmed interviews for the upcoming French DVD and Blu-Ray releases of Brian De Palma's Dressed To Kill and Blow Out. Releasing on November 21, the sets from Paris-based Carlotta Films will include interviews with Vilmos Zsigmond (on Blow Out), Angie Dickinson (on Dressed To Kill), Keith Gordon (on Dressed To Kill), Nancy Allen (on both films), and George Litto (on both films). The link above includes captures from each of the interviews.

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