Toys Are Not for Children (1972) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Stanley H. Brassloff
Starring: Harlan Cary Poe, Fran Warren, Marcia Forbes
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video
Emotionally stunted child woman Jamie Godard not only suffers from an unhealthy fixation on her long absent father, but also has an obsession with all the toys he gave her as a little girl. After getting a job at a toy store, Jamie decides to marry co-worker Charlie Belmond. When the marriage doesn’t work out, Jamie runs away to New York City and becomes a prostitute who specializes in servicing perverted old men who want to play daddy with her.
The whole thing about this movie and how you will like it depends on if you find what the whole movie is building up to is interesting or not. You can tell right from the jump that something is off and up with our leading lady. The movie follows her as she gets married pretty quickly once the movie starts. When then see flashbacks and get hints as to what the real thing going on with her is. We know she likes toys and we know she seems overly obsessed with her father who we notice has a big mysterious aura around him. When it all comes together it all makes sense, but you have to dig what you are seeing up until that point to really be able to say if this movie is for you or not.
While I like the mysterious nature of the film, I’m just not sure this was one for me at the end of the day. I think it makes things questionable enough but it doesn’t really have much of a catch to it outside of that. People feel a little too wooden in their character displays for my taste. I like the effort. I kinda liked the idea of it overall. But the delivery is where this one loses me. Arrow takes good care of this one regardless with a great release for it. A solid transfer and some cool extras round out a very odd film. If you are a fan of the more artsy and obscure side of Arrow’s releases then you’ll be more at home with this one.
– Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain
– Newly-filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
– ‘Dirty’ Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play – a brand new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
– Original theme song “Lonely Am I”, newly transferred from the original 45-RPM vinyl single
– Original Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanity Celis
Quality of Transfer: 96%