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review added: 4/30/99
The Naked Kiss
1964 (1998) - Allied
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): A-, A, B-
Specs and Features
91 mins, NR, letterboxed widescreen (1.66:1), single-sided,
single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, theatrical trailer,
film-themed menu screens, scene access (20 chapters), languages:
English (DD mono), subtitles: none
Here's Sam Fuller's
weird but compelling tale of a moralistic prostitute's journey
through the straight life in a small town. The woman has a horrible
past, but when she gets to town, she does one last trick, then hangs
up her heels to start over as a nurse in the cancer ward of the
local hospital. John Law knows her secret, but allows her to go her
merry way... that is, until she kills her new fiancé after
stumbling on his own little secret.
The Naked Kiss is a morality
tale about the masks we all wear -- or maybe in reference to this
film, I should say, "the wigs we all wear". It's pretty
compelling stuff, and in the hands of B-flick god Fuller, it makes
for a truly entertaining film.
The disc from Criterion looks great. It's better than any other
version I've seen before, and I've seen this on the big screen. The
audio is mono, but again, it sounds crystal clear, and that is its
original audio format. There is a trailer, and the prototypical
color bars for setting your controls. Pick this one up - it's a
really great film. And boy... this one's a doozy.