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The Naked Kiss
1964 (1998) - Allied Artists (Criterion)

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Criterion's The Naked Kiss Film Rating: B

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.

Todd Doogan
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