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26 July 2016

Arrow Video USA commits CRIMES OF PASSION (Review)

Ken Russell's ballsy masterpiece CRIMES OF PASSION hit Blu-ray from Arrow Video.  Ex-high school jock turned suburban dad Bobby Grady awakens to his unhappy and loveless marriage when he does a surveillance job following an icy designer suspected of corporate espionage and instead discovers that she has adopted an alter ego as prostitute China Blue who uses elaborate games of fantasy to enthrall her customers and protect herself from true intimacy.  As the two enter into a passionate affair fraught with self-doubt, China Blue is also the object of obsession by a psychotic street preacher who wants to save her soul or become her.  Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin, Annie Potts, and Bruce Davison star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

CRIMES OF PASSION Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LCPM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Director's Cut (112 minute) and Unrated (107 minutes) Versions
  • Audio Commentary by director Ken Russell and writer/producer Barry Sandler (director's cut only)
  • "Barry Sandler: Life of Crime" featurette
  • "Rick Wakeman: Compsing for Ken" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by writer/producer Barry Sandler)
  • "It's a Lovely Life" music video
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil
  • First pressing only includes an illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing from Paul Sutton, an archive interview with Ken Russell and correspondence between Russell and Kathleen Turner.

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