Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 30th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1972
Director: John Dexter
Writer: Gillian Freeman
Cast: Anne Heywood, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett, Paul Rogers, Michael Coles, Sheila Reid, Virginia Stride
DVD released: April 19th, 2011
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Though I Want What I Want was not that first film to feature a transgendered character and most definitely it won’t be the last. The way in which it approaches the material at hand is what sets it apart from the majority of these similar themed films. With some of the more famous transgendered themed films like Myra Breckenridge and Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda?, being more rooted in the more exploitative aspects of the martial at hand.
Narrative wise I Want What I Want, quickly glosses over Roy’s life up to the point in which he runs away from home and disguises himself as a woman. And while this abrupt set up does lessen some of the impact of his eventual choices, the film has a strong enough ending that any of these minor issues about back-story are all but forgotten.
The bulk of the narrative is spent with Roy masquerading as a woman (at least outwardly) and it is not until the film’s final act that the act of having a sex change is explored. And once again once the film shifts towards these scenes with the Doctor and Roy (now known as Wendy) the narrative does lose some of its momentum. With scenes revolving around Wendy trying to hide her true sexual identity from those in her new life. These moments are also further bolstered by a male love interest for Wendy, who becomes increasingly frustrated by her lack of intimacy.
Performance wise the entire cast are all more than adequate in their respective roles. With the film’s standout performance coming from Anne Heywood (The Nuns of Saint Archangel) in the dual role of Roy / Wendy. It is not an easy task trying to find an actress / actor, who can convincingly pull off playing both sexes. There is an androgynous quality about her look in this film that makes her transformation all the more convincing. Ultimately I Want What I Want is an ambitious films that poses more questions, then answers.
Scorpion Releasing presents I Know What I Want in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The source materials used for this transfer are in very good shape, with print debris kept to a minimum. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are some instances of mild background. Besides this the audio is fares well as dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a Spanish trailer for the film (2 minutes 40 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and trailers for other titles also released by Scorpion Releasing on DVD. Overall I Know What I Want gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Scorpion Releasing.