Dominique (1979) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Dominique (1979) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Dominique (1979) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Dominique (1979) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Michael Anderson
STARRING: Cliff Robertson, Jean Simmons
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Dominique Ballard (Jean Simmons; Spartacus) lives with her husband David (Cliff Robertson; Obsession, Man on a Swing) in Dominique’s giant English estate. Emotionally fragile, Dominique is harassed, tormented, and eventually driven mad by David until one night she hangs herself, resulting in her entire fortune being left to her husband. But what at first seems like a clever inheritance scheme soon becomes a waking nightmare for David as Dominique’s spirit is not at rest and has instead risen from the grave to haunt him and avenge her death. But is the evil presence that appears to be seeking vengeance from the afterlife actually David’s dearly departed wife or is someone else attempting their own elaborate and deadly hoax?

Dominique is dead…OR is she? That’s the big question in this moody made for TV movie you have here on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. Dominique certainly seems to be dead as we see her hanging not long into the movie. From there things start to get very atmospheric and creepy as her husband tries to figure out just what the heck is going on all the while we try to figure out the same thing. This one gets by on the tone and the weird factor a bit. It’s a movie that is probably best watched late at night in the dark or in a dark room while it’s raining. I was a fan of it and what it was offering up and I liked that it isn’t as cookie cutter as a number of movies that deal with this same type of theme are. I like the atmosphere a whole heck of a lot and if it isn’t anything else Dominique at least has an atmosphere. And some pretty solid acting performances as well. This movie is listed online as a made for TV movie and if that was the case then I tip my hat just a bit more to it because those can be pretty hit and miss.

Of course, another thing that really pushes this one is the character of David. He’s the husband in question and such a dick that he’s basically to blame for the apparent death of his wife Dominique. Watching to see what will unfold on him is a big chunk of what keeps you watching. The waiting for the other shoe to drop might also be the other part of the reason. Regardless, this is a good little horror thriller with a pretty rewarding ending and if you’ve never seen it and like brooding movies that build to a punch and then deliver pretty well on it, then you’ll get what you want in a movie like Dominique. The extras have a couple of interviews and a reversible cover. the ladder is a given with Vinegar Syndrome. Another given is the transfer which looks just as solid as you could want as well.


– Audio interview with actor Michael Jayston
– Audio interview with assistant director Brian Cook
– Original theatrical trailer
– Reversible cover artwork
– Optional English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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