Tuesday, December 11, 2018

SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (1992) (Umbrella Blu-ray Review)


Label: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: M
Duration: 110 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.77:1) 
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Cast: Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman, Stephen Tobolowsky

This classic 90's thriller is a tale of obsession and identity appropriation, I think it's up there with Misery (1990) and Silence of the Lambs (1991) as one of the best thrillers to come out of that decade. Stars Bridget Fonda (Lake Placid) and Jennifer Jason Lee (Breakfast Club) are absolute dynamite as the roomies who hit it off before one of them becomes a little too obsessed with the other. 

This is film with a surprising amount of violence and amped-up sexiness, I was in my teens when I caught it in the cinema and the sexuality of it really pushed that R-rating! Notably, the film was shot by Suspiria cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and looks wonderful on Blu-ray, with great atmospheric lighting and lensing. The appearance from Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog's Day) as a pervy hands-on boss is a highlight for me, as is the high-heel as murder weapon! 

Audio/Video: Single White Female (1992) arrives on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment, the disc is labeled region B but I can confirm it is region A friendly. Presented in 1080p HD and framed in 1.77:1 widescreen, the film is slightly cropped from the original 1.85:1, losing slivers of information on all four asides. This is not advertised as a new 2K scan or anything but the image is bold and crisp, colors saturation looks great, with solid blacks. I also have the U.S. Blu-ray from Scream Factory that was released about the same time, and this looks to be the same HD master as that one, but slightly cropped, otherwise the color grading look identical to my eyes. This is a bare-bones release with no subtitles, extras or start-up menu. 

The single-disc release comes housed in an oversized Blu-ray keepcase with a sleeve of reversible artwork featuring the original movie poster image on both sides, one without the unsightly ratings label., the disc itself features the same key art. 

Fans of top-notch thriller Absolutely need this in their collection, a film that I thinks has been sort of undervalued in the years since it hit the cinema, featuring thrilling performances from Bridget Fonda, Jennifer and Jason Leigh

Single White Female

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