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Dr. Crippen (1962/Region Four/4/PAL Import/Madman DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: D†††† Film: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Four/4 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Madman Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.Cover image © 1963 Torchlight Productions.



In one of the less-discussed shocking crimes of all time, one Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was driven or cold-bloodedly killed and dismembered his wife.He was seeing a younger woman and she was manipulating him in other ways.Mental torture is not an excuse to kill, but the case was never that simple and for its time, Robert Lynnís Dr. Crippen (1962) made a serious attempt to examine the case.


Written by Leigh Vance (a crime/detective writer who became a huge success on TV working on The Saint, The Avengers, Cannon, Mission: Impossible, Baretta, Mannix, Switch) comes up with a script that is very good considering censorship restrictions of the time.Donald Pleasence is well-cast as the title character and Samantha Eggar is his mistress.It is a good film, intelligent, adult and worth seeing, especially if you do not know the case well.Out of circulation for a while, it is nice to see it available again.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image looks pretty good with a new black and white print.There are some softness and detail issues, but Video Black is not bad.This was shot by Nicolas Roeg before he became a major director.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono shows its age more so with compression and a slightly lower volume than expected.The combination is very watchable just the same and Ken Jonesí score is not bad.There are no extras.



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





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