Double Exposure (1982) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: William Bryon Hillman
Starring: Cleavon Little, James Stacy, Joanna Pettet
Rated: UR/Region O/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
Michael Callan stars as Adrian Wilde, a prolific photographer whose specialty is shooting nude models for men’s magazines. His life starts to unravel when he begins to experience strange and almost lifelike dreams in which he murders the very women he’s been photographing. What’s more is that he soon discovers that they might not be dreams after all. Has he started to lose touch with reality; is he a calculated killer attempting to create an unbelievable alibi; or is something much more sinister and deadly afoot…
Double Exposure is the type of movie that anyone looking for a good T and A show will enjoy a lot. It comes with the plot of a photographer who is in the business of taking pictures of girls wearing little to nothing. After he keeps having dreams where he’s killing these women off he and a few other folks are starting to wonder if he isn’t indeed doing these killings. The movie does move along a little slowly but it does make you want to stick around just to see where things are going to end up. The character of Adrian has a brother named BJ in the film who was played by an actor who was a legit amputee. During the movie, we get to see him randomly hit on women and even mud wrestles one, so we never do know what is coming next as we watch Double Exposure and that could be the highlight of it. It can be violent, it can be just a tad trippy in spots, but it almost always offers up someone good looking to look at.
The movie has a plot with a couple detectives on the trails of a killer who may or may not be our lead. I think the female cop was a pretty cool character and I wish we had gotten more of her in the movie, but I can understand why the movie shifts its focus mostly somewhere else for the most part. I think the ending is probably one of the more interesting things about this movie. I won’t dare spoil any of it, but let me tell you it opens up a few questions that I wish I had answers to. Still, the movie has its moments and for better or worse the ending is one of them. We have some slow spots but we also have a lot of nice women around to look at. The transfer here looks really good as well. We have moments where it does look a little grainy but once the film is taking place in a better lit place we see a nearly flawless transfer that I’m sure makes the movie look better than it probably has any right to look.
NOTE: The first 1,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double thick ’embossed title’ limited edition o-card designed by Derek Gabryszak.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
– Commentary track with Director William Byron Hillman
– “Exposing Double Exposure” Interview with Cinematographer R. Michael Stringer
– “Staying on Task” Interview with Script Supervisor Sally Stringer
– Isolated score by Composer Jack Goga
– Original theatrical trailer
– Promotional still gallery
– Reversible cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
– English SDH Subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 87%