Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dressed to Kill (1980)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 18, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Brian De Palma (Blow OutScarface) ascended to the highest ranks of American suspense filmmaking with his explicit 1980 erotic thriller Dressed to Kill.

At once tongue-in-cheek and scary as hell, Dressed to Kill revolves around the grisly murder of a woman in Manhattan, and what happens when her psychiatrist, her brainiac teenage son, and the prostitute who witnessed the crime try to piece together what happened while the killer remains at large.

Dressedtokill1With its masterfully executed scenes of horror, voluptuous camera work, and passionate score, Dressed to Kill is a veritable symphony of terror, enhanced by vivid performances by Angie Dickinson (The Killers), Michael Caine (The Man Who Would Be King), Keith Gordon (Back to School), Dennis Franz (Blow Out) and Nancy Allen (RoboCop).

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of Dressed to Kill feature a new, restored 4K digital transfer De Palma’s preferred unrated version of the film with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray  (which he approved) along with the following features:

  • New interviews with actor Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian
    • The Making of “Dressed to Kill,” a 2001 documentary featuring De Palma
  • New profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted
    • Interview with actor-director Keith Gordon from 2001
  • Video pieces from 2001 about the different versions of the film and the cuts made to avoid an X rating
  • Gallery of storyboards by De Palma
  • Trailer
  • An essay by critic Michael Koresky


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.