Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 12th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1970
Director: Alan Gibson
Writer: Edmund Ward
Cast: Judy Geeson, Martin Potter, Michael Redgrave, Alexis Kanner, Mike Pratt, Marion Diamond, Freddie Jones, Peter Jeffrey, Terry Scully, Daphne Heard, Laurence Hardy, Joseph Fürst, Brian Wilde, Ricky Renée, Barry Scott, Hilda Barry, Jack Connell
DVD released: January 26th, 2010
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
In the Age of Aquarius the twins Julian & Jackie share everything – Love, men and murder!
The film’s tag line perfectly sums up the events which unfold in this film. At the center of this macabre story are fraternal twins Jacki and Julian. From the moment they arrive in London their mischievous behavior is quickly established when they deliberately injured an elderly woman who is supposed to be talking care of them. After they remove their one parental foe they let loose with their new found freedom which leads them to a young con man named Clive. The twin’s bound is undeniably close and in many ways almost too close as Julian’s desires for his sister border on incestuous. The arrival of Clive never sits well with Julian who becomes increasingly jealous.
Goodbye Gemini was directed by Alan Gibson, whose other notable films include three Hammer films, Crescendo, Dracula A.D. 1972 and The Satanic Rites of Dracula. The screenplay for Goodbye Gemini was adapted from Jenni Hall’s novel “Ask Agamemnon”. Goodbye Gemini was also released under the title Twinsanity. The cinematographer on Goodbye Gemini was Geoffrey Unsworth, whose impressive resume includes films like Becket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cabaret, Zardoz, Royal Flash, Superman, Superman II and Tess.
Visually Goodbye Gemini is a stylish film that features many standout scenes most notably a scene where the twins make a bet with a young man who is blackmailing them that they are so much alike that he could not tell them apart. They dress up in bed sheets which only reveal their eyes. In the confusion which follows the twins who are also holding swords murder the man. This scene is sets in motion the most fascinating and riveting section of the film as one of the twins Jacki flees the scene traumatized by what just happened. Unable to remember what happened that night, Jacki slowly retraces the events of that night with the help of James Harrington-Smith a Politician that she met at a party.
As good as the story, pacing and cinematography are. This film’s greatest asset is its remarkable cast which is anchored by Judy Geeson (To Sir, with Love) and Martin Potter Fellini (Satyricon), respectively in the roles of Jacki and Julian. Their convincing performances and the way they play off of each other is mesmerizing. Not to be overlooked are the performances of Alexis Kanner in the role of Clive and Michael Redgrave in the role of a politician named James Harrington-Smith. The film’s score was composed by Christopher Gunning (Hands of the Ripper). Even though the score is representative of the time for which this film was made. It does at times come off as dated. Ultimately Goodbye Gemini is an exceptional psychological thriller that quickly sets the tone and never looks back as it’s propels to its melancholy conclusion.
Scorpion Releasing presents Goodbye Gemini in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. This Hi-Def transfer has been sourced from the original camera negative and the end results look every good with colors, flesh tones and black levels faring well throughout. There are a few instances where the image looks a tad to soft and while there are a few instances where print damage occurs, it is never to excessive or distracting.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 31 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and an audio commentary with producer Peter Snell, actress Judy Geeson and moderator Nathaniel Thompson. Also included with this release are trailers for Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly, The Last Grenade, Say Hello to Yesterday and a T.V. spot for Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls. Overall Goodbye Gemini gets a solid DVD release from Scorpion Releasing, that is highlighted by an well rounded and informative audio commentary track.