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Old 06-06-2015, 11:41 PM   #1
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Catherine is a black widow. "She mates and then she kills". Black Widow is the story of a lady (Catherine) who marries lonely millionaires, waits until they've changed their will to leave all to their beloved wives and then murders them to inherit the fortune. With each man Catherine marries, she changes her appearance to suit the mans personality. Only there's one problem. Alexandra is a smart cookie and has found a link between these unexplained mysterious deaths and the partners wives. But now her only problem is proving that a killer is on the loose and saving herself from the deadly Black Widow.
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:31 AM   #2
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Nice to see this one hitting Blu. The movie that introduced me to the positively delicious Theresa Russell.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:28 AM   #3
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Theresa Russell is an all-time sex symbol of mine, and this is a very good film. Day one for me.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:15 AM   #4
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This is the highlight for me from the latest releases
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This movie could've been so much more. Roger Ebert's review sums up my opinion perfectly:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/black-widow-1987

I like it but not enough to pay TT's premium for it.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:55 AM   #6
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Love this movie, day one easy.

Didn't realise the first time I watched this that Debra Wingers character was to be a man. Think it works so much better as it is.
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pretty good film... not one I'd pay TWILIGHT pricing for.... maybe if it's around for the annual sale....
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Cover could be worse but there is NO Theresa Russell love in that cover! Should have stuck to the poster artwork but I will still buy it.
Stop the Replacing of original Studio Opening / Closing logos! These are becoming endangered and should be kept intact. They are part of film history.

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Old 10-07-2015, 10:27 PM   #10
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Actually, Powell Pressburger, check the cover again. Cleverly, there's a lot of Theresa Russell in it.
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Nice I looked at it too fast.
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Has anyone received this yet? I just ordered it and I was wondering how the quality of the transfer is. I'm not expecting a razor-sharp picture but at least a faithful one. Twilight Time has been keeping a pretty decent record with their releases lately so I am not too concerned, but still want to make sure.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:58 PM   #13
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Just wondering, where can I order a copy?
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:22 PM   #14
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Just wondering, where can I order a copy?
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I ordered mine from Screen Archives Entertainment yesterday, I'm UK based and they ship outside the US. Only place, unless you're US based then TT have a site direct. Same costs (expect shipping of course)
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Found it, and its ordered 👍
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I received this on Monday but I was not able to watch it until a few hours ago.

I actually enjoyed the movie a lot more this time around than the first time I saw it, about three years ago on Netflix. What draws me the most about the movie is the interaction between Debra Winger's and Theresa Russell's characters, but the standout for me is Winger's character. I know some people thought the ending was bad, or at least not on par with the rest of the movie. For me the movie is primarily a drama/psychological thriller, and perhaps because of this I felt the ending reinforces the tone of the film. The other thing is that I thought the ending also fits perfectly with the two main character's interactions and personalities. Neither of them act compulsively. Yes, we do see Theresa's character lose control twice in the film (and Winger's once), but she never does anything that would put her in a disadvantage in those two occasions. Which leads to the conclusion that if either or both of them had gotten physical (or active aggressive) during the climax, it would have gone against the characters and what makes them unique. Lastly, I read the article from the link posted here (above), by jetthead. I can definitely see why some people would have preferred this ending, but I think if Alex had given in to Catherine (the black widow) it would have undermined her character; after all, even if she was at least somewhat attracted to her, she would not have allowed it to cloud her mind. We can see this earlier in the film with her boss and co-worker. Her boss tries to flirt with her a few times, and all those times she turns him down gently, even though it is obvious that he cares for her and she likes that. Anyway, that was my little review/comment for the film. I give it a 4/5.

I was really hoping the image quality would at least be decent, and it is that and more. I watched it blown up on my projector (100in) and I did notice that it has a few specks and other small artifacts (mild-print damage, I never saw any digital artifacts), but that is about all for the negatives. For the most part detail is very well rendered. There are a few soft shots, but they are due to the camera focus at the time in which it was filmed, not the transfer. Contrast is pretty decent throughout. Colors really pop when they should (especially in the second part of the film which takes place in Hawaii), and black levels are very good as well. There is nice layer of film grain that the encode handles quite nicely. It does not hold up to recent productions (like say, from a recent Disney production), but given the age of the film the quality of the transfer is fairly impressive. Other than the mild print damage the image looks great. 4.5/5

The audio is a bit of a mixed bag, but not bad. It is not as defined or precise as I'd hoped, but again, there's not much to complain. Dialogue is clear and the score comes through well enough. Other than that there is not much more to say. There are not any action scenes or loud moments (except for a couple of times when the music is loud), so the range is fairly limited. It is a good, albeit very calm, track, but nothing memorable. 3.5/5

Overall I'm quite pleased that I bought it. I am not sure if I enjoyed it more this time around because I'm older, but I thought the story is different in a good way, which is only reinforced by great performances and very interesting characters. I would't recommend it to the average viewer/buyer, but if you like the movie it is worth the price.

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Thanks for the review samlop10! I have my copy sitting in the "to be watched" pile, and I'll get to it in November when the 31 Days of Halloween/Horror thing is done. But it's nice to know the quality of the release is where it ought to be.
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Great stuff Samlop. I caught this on dvd about 4yrs ago, I had to watch on laptop with headphones and due to this it had my full attention. Loved it straight away.

I had a little look up about it after viewing and read that Wingers character was originally set for a male actor/lead. I think it would have turned out average if that happened.

Wanted this on BD since I upgraded from DVD some years ago. Will always be a fave and the ending is just a complete 80s thriller ending. No problems with those.
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Up for preorder in UK, with a complete different cover😊
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Up for preorder in UK, with a complete different cover😊
Waiting for a review of it. Usually before buying any TT titles I research to see if a UK version is available. Even if the transfer isn't as good as long as its not terrible I'll bite at half the price.
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