Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 15th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1982
Director: William Byron Hillman
Writer: William Byron Hillman
Cast: Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, James Stacy, Pamela Hensley, Cleavon Little, Seymour Cassel, Frances Bay, Sally Kirkland
BluRay released: April 25th, 2017
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
The origins of Double Exposure begin with the film The Photographer, which also happened to written and directed by William Byron Hillman. Another connection to the aforementioned The Photographer is actor Michael Callan, who portrays a similar character in both films. Reportedly the idea for Double Exposure, was to use footage from The Photographer and shoot a few additional scenes to flesh things out. Unfortunately the producer for The Photographer would not allow the footage to be recycled, thus forcing those involved with Double Exposure to take a slight detour and a new story would have to be constructed.
Content wise, Double Exposure owes more to Italian thrillers, then it does Slasher films. With the film’s use of misdirection by using POV shots for the killer and disguising the killers hands with black gloves, being two of the more obvious things that draw from Italian thrillers. And while this film does try very hard to keep the momentum going with its use of misdirection and its inventive kill scenes. It is the other moments which make up this film, that time and again affect the pacing.
Outside of Michael Callan’s (Mysterious Island, Cat Ballou) turn as a man on the edge, none of the other cast members leave any lasting impression. With that being said there are many recognizable faces in the cast, Joanna Pettet (Casino Royale – 1967 version), Pamela Hensley (‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’), Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles), Seymour Cassel (Faces), Frances Bay (Blue Velvet) and Sally Kirkland (Anna). Ultimately despite its shortcomings, Double Exposure is a fun ride that that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to its shocking conclusion.
Double Exposure comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. And the end result is another solid transfer from Vinegar Syndrome.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, reversible cover art, a promotional stills gallery, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 50 seconds), two interviews – the first interview is with cinematographer R. Michael Stringer titled Exposing Double Exposure (29 minutes 27 seconds) and the second interview is with script supervisor Sally Stringer titled Staying on Task (19 minutes 21 seconds), an option to listen composer Jack Goga’s score for the film and an audio commentary with director William Byron Hillman.
Topics discussed in the interview with R. Michael Stringer include, how he made the transition from acting to working behind the scenes in various film crew roles, how Blue Money was his first film as a cinematographer, how he was original asked to shoot new scenes for The Photographer and how this lead to him working on Double Exposure, the challenges he faced shooting a film with anamorphic Panavision lenses, working with William Byron Hillman, the cast. The visuals, post production and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Sally Stringer include, her transition from the theater to working on feature films, how a chance encounter with Orson Welles lead to her working as a script supervisor, what is the role of a script supervisor, Double Exposure, onset challenges and they overcame them and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, how Double Exposure is a prequel to The Photographer, the differences between these two films, shooting films in Los Angeles and what it is that he likes most about this location, R. Michael Stringer and his contributions to the film, the cast and information about them, his creative process as a filmmaker, background information about the various projects that he has worked on and other production related topics.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Vinegar Syndrome gives Double Exposure its best release to date, highly recommended.