Oct 262015
 

Black Widow is uneven but still a fun little thriller that probably was influenced by any number of Brian De Palma’s films. The performances by the two leads really make this entertaining and well worth a watch. The Blu-ray released through Screen Archives offers good video/audio transfers but is lackluster in the features department.

 

 

Black Widow
(1987)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Crime
Twilight Time | R – 102 min. – $29.95 | October 13, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Bob Rafelson
Writer(s): Ronald Bass (written by)
Cast: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper, Nicol Williamson

DISC INFO:
Features:
Audio Commentary, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


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PLOT SYNOPSIS

With Black Widow, maverick director Bob Rafelson gives us the alluring tale of a seductress (THERESA RUSSELL) who marries and murders a series of wealthy men, getting away with crimes until an equally clever female adversary — a Justice Department drone (DEBRA WINGER) as bewitched as she is repelled by her quarry — picks up the Black Widow’s scent.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5

This release comes with the usual 6-page essay booklet.

Audio Commentary features Film Historians, and Twilight Time regulars, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman.

Also included are some TV Spots (1:35; HD) and the Theatrical Trailer (2:00; HD).


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Twilight Time releases Black Widow onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture quality actually isn’t all that bad showing off good detail levels, not an overly amount of film grain while colors appear to be well balanced. There were the occasional dust marks but nothing overly noticeable which makes for a decently clean transfer.

AUDIO – 4.25/5

The movie comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track which comes through, despite only two channels, sounds good. Dialogue sounds good throughout while the most impressive aspect is Michael Small’s impressive score that could’ve easily been used in a Brian De Palma film; very moody and sets the right tone from the opening.



OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, Black Widow is uneven but still a fun little thriller that probably was influenced by any number of Brian De Palma’s films. The performances by the two leads really make this entertaining and well worth a watch. The Blu-ray released through Screen Archives offers good video/audio transfers but is lackluster in the features department.

 

Published: 10/26/2015

 

 

 

 

 

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