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Number 96 - The Pantyhose Strangler (1972/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero/0/PAL)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C     Episodes: B-



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



There is much underrated Australian TV few in the U.S. have had a chance to see and from their last golden age, Number 96 - The Pantyhose Strangler (1972) is a gem of a series that is longer than a mini-series and ran three years and 32 half-hours that caused a sensation.  A killer is on the loose in an apartment building that is the residence of a cross-section of all kinds of people.  As the killer picks and chooses who to kill next, every one is a suspect and the mix of humor, intelligence and suspense is very impressive.


Also amazing is the cast of extremely talented, distinctive actors rarely heard about outside of Down Under including Chantal Contouri, Andrew Mercado, Elaine Lee, Sheila Kennelly, Wendy Blacklock, Lyn Rainbow, Deborah Gray, David Sale and so many others who deserve international rediscovery.  If you like terrific TV and this kind of fiction, you’ll enjoy Number 96.  Even when it dips into some soap opera styles, it quickly pocks up before you know it and gets better as it goes along.



The 1.33 X 1 image can be colorful, but has consistently poor detail and stability issues since it is some of the oldest PAL analog videotaping form the time Australia finally saw color TV arrive.  Fortunately, the sets and the way it is shot and edited are very effective.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also on the weak side, suggesting the surviving material is second-generation, but it becomes very involving once you start watching.  Extras include stills, Ten News Reunion special with the cast and audio commentary on select episodes.



As noted above, you can order this impressive PAL DVD import exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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