Peeping Tom (Blu-Ray)


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The Blu-Ray says:

By day, Mark Lewis (Karlheinz Böhm) works as a modest focus-puller in a film studio. But he also shoots glamour photographs for a seedy Soho newsagent, and by night he seeks victims for his most gruesome obsession - filming the face of mortal fear, moments before death. Written by British cryptographer and playwright Leo Marks, PEEPING TOM also stars Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Shirley Anne Field and real-life Glamour Queen Pamela Green and was shot by celebrated Director of Photography Otto Heller (The Queen of Spades, The Ladykillers, Victim). PEEPING TOM was released in 1960 shortly before Hitchcock’s equally shocking Psycho, and provoked British critics to a fury of disgust. Powell’s career never recovered from the scandal. But twenty years later, PEEPING TOM was hailed as a misunderstood masterpiece – especially by filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, who submitted the film to the New York Film Festival in 1979 and helped finance a US re-release, allowing it to be rediscovered by a new audience. Today its wit, beauty and power see it rightly celebrated as a classic.

Running Time: 102 mins

Region: B

Ratio: 1.33:1

Sound: Mono

Special Features: Introduction by Martin Scorsese, Interview with Thelma Schoonmaker, Commentary by Ian Christie, The Eye of The Beholder Featurette, The Strange Gaze of Mark Lewis Featurette, Restoration Comparison, Trailer, Behind the scenes stills gallery

Certificate: 15

My Opinion:

It's the film's 50th Anniversary and Peeping Tom definitely doesn't hide it's age. The sets and costumes are certainly from the era and the directing has that period feel to it. But the quality of picture in this digitally restored Blu-Ray release is fantastic. You just need to watch the restoration comparison feature to see the great improvements that have brought the movie back to it's glorious best and showing off it's vibrant colours. The story was originally very shocking when first made, but is now quite tame in comparison to today's standards (and hence it's 15 rating). Karlheinz Böhm as Mark Lewis is the outstanding actor, providing a weird, creepy lead character that you never really know whether to empathise or loathe. The Blu-Ray has a superb range of extras to support the re-release of this classic.including an introduction by Martin Scorsese, who was responsible for the film being rediscovered back in the late '70's. This is a great release of a quality film and should be in any thriller lovers collection.

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