When a Stranger Calls (1979) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

When a Stranger Calls (1979) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

When a Stranger Calls (1979) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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When a Stranger Calls (1979) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Fred Walton
Starring: Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst
AVAILABLE FROM Mill Creek Entertainment

A young high school student babysits for a very rich family. She begins to receive strange phone calls threatening the children. When she finally realizes that it’s not a joke, she calls the police, only to find that the calls are coming from inside the house.

This is a film that while not bad overall does seem like two movies in one. We have the start of the film dealing with Jill Johnson, and then we pick back up with her seven years later. Those two parts of the film are well done, creepy, and overall a good time. But in between these two parts we have a hunk of the film where a ticked off detective is out to get the killer once he’s been released. This is a cat and mouse game and does seem to drag the whole thing down a bit. So needless to say, if you are looking for a super fast plot you are not in the right place here as this one depends more on mood than a lot of other things. But it does start and end well regardless.

So, yeah, if you are keeping score at home you have to give credit to this one for the ending, but it nearly gets to a point of no return there for a small portion of the film. The acting isn’t bad or anything of that nature, but we have no gore and I question why we even have such a strong portion of the film dedicated to this part of the plot. That being the case regardless it does start very well and what it does do well it does do rather strongly. Also, let us give Mill Creek some credit for making a very awesome transfer of the film as well. You can now own it alone without being on a combo pack and with a cool VHS-style slipcase that the company is becoming pretty well-known for. We don’t have any extras, but it’s cool to own all the same on a solo Region A disc.


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Quality of Transfer: 95%

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