Brian DePalma’s DRESSED TO KILL comes to Criterion
Dressed To Kill the 1980 erotic thriller masterpiece from Director Brian DePalma is coming to the Criterion Collection. This is a film that was highly controversial back when it was released due to its steamy and violent content. It’s a film that you could watch with no sound and still follow from its imagery alone. A highly stylized work of cinema that will make you appreciate the artform and become excited by the places it can take you.
When housewife Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) is violently murdered by a mysterious blonde woman, a callgirl (Nancy Allen) who witnessed the bloody aftermath and Kate’s son Peter (Keith Gordon) a science whiz, begin investigating the shocking crime. It is a sexy, suspense filled thrill ride from beginning to end as Brian DePalma uses the language of cinema to create a world where nothing is quite what it seems. With its daring blend of extravagant set pieces, dark humor and eroticism, Dressed To Kill remains a sublime cinema classic that deserves its place in the prestigious Criterion archive.
* New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma’s preferred unrated version, approved by the director, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* 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
*New profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted
*The Making of “Dressed to Kill,” a 2001 documentary featuring De Palma
*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
*PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Koresky