Alice, Sweet Alice for some reason has cultivated a following over the 40 years since its release and while atmospherically it was decent, the rest wasn’t all that impressive from the stringed-together plot to some laughable over-the-top performances.
Alice, Sweet Alice
Genre(s): Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Arrow Video | R – 107 min. – $39.95 | August 6, 2019
Date Published: 08/27/2019 | Author: The Movieman
Arrow Video provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.
THE MOVIE — 3.0/5
Plot Synopsis: Favorite daughter Karen (BROOKE SHIELDS) is viciously strangled and set afire in church on the day of her First Communion, and suspicion falls on her jealous and emotionally unstable sister, Alice (PAULA E. SHEPPARD). When the girls’ aunt, Annie (JANE LOWRY), is later stabbed on an apartment complex stairway, Alice is sent away. But the attacks continue, prompting priest Father Tom (RUDOLPH WILLRICH) and Alice’s dad, Dominick (NILES MCMASTER), to go in search of the real killer.
Quick Hit Review: Alfred Sole’s Alice, Sweet Alice (a.k.a. Communion) is considered some sort of cult classic, an underrated gem of 1970s indie horror. Personally, and I never would consider myself an aficionado of that era in that genre (crime-dramas are my thing in that time period), this being my first viewing of Alice, Sweet Alice might’ve been a different take on the slasher film, but I felt pretty underwhelmed and even perplexed as the story isn’t entirely compelling and worse, the acting tended to be, at best, over-the-top.
I won’t say it was at all terrible as director Alfred Sole did provide some cool atmosphere and as a whole, it was well directed, just wish the plot was a bit more interesting and connected a lot better than it did discovering the real killer who just so happened to wear a similar, if not the exact, outfit as another character (unless I missed something). And the ultimate motives behind the killer was kind of lame. That said, the original title of Communion at least was more appropriate.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.0/5
This release comes housed in a clear HD keep case and a nice slip cover. The interior cover is reversible and inside is a 24-page booklet.
Both tracks provide different viewpoints with Smith providing a historical perspective on the movie and how it has held up over the years while the second track with Sole and Salier give the first-hand behind-the-scenes stories.
Lost Childhood: The Locations of Alice, Sweet Alice (16:02) has Author Michael Gingold touring the various locations used in the film, of course many no longer exist.
To round out things, we get two Deleted Scenes (2:45), Alternate Opening Titles (1:13), the Original Trailer (1:44), UK TV Spot (0:16), Image Gallery (6:40) and Holy Terror (1:47:13), the TV edit of the film.
VIDEO – 4.75/5
|Arrow Video releases Alice, Sweet, Alice (aka Communion) onto Blu-ray where its presented in the film’s original 1.85 aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer, culled from the original 35mm camera negative which was scanned in 4K resolution (and additional film elements also scanned in 4K for the alternate title sections). Although it’s not mentioned in the notes, presumably the restoration work included the removal of any dust, scratches and other flaws. In short, this is a great transfer, detail is incredibly sharp, colors have a natural appearance and thankfully the film grain and noise was retained giving it a nice texture.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
|The movie includes a serviceable enough PCM Mono track which did produce clear dialogue throughout while the depth was just standard. I did detect a little hissing but nothing that was distracting. I assume this also went through some sort of restoration.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Alice, Sweet Alice for some reason has cultivated a following over the 40 years since its release and while atmospherically it was decent, the rest wasn’t all that impressive from the stringed-together plot to some laughable over-the-top performances. This release from Arrow Video offers up impressive video and audio transfers and a good selection of bonus features.
Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.