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Kadin düsmani (Woman Despiser) 
Written by: on June 27th, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: Turkey 1967
Director: Ilhan Engin
Cast: Ekrem Bora,  Sema Ozcan, Tanju Korel, Gulgun Erdem, Reha Yurdakul

DVD released: May 27th, 2009
Approximate running time: 90 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Turkish Mono
Subtitles: English, Greek
DVD Release: Onar Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (Greece)
Retail Price: €17.50

Synopsis: Young women are being stalked, killed and raped by a masked killer.

This DVD’s box art proclamation that Kadin düsmani is the Turkish equivalent of Italian thriller’s known as Giallo’s is dead on. The film opens with a series of stylized murder set pieces before any characters are fully introduced and there is not a single syllable of dialog spoken until for the first nine minutes of the film. After an initial flurry of deaths the film spends most of the second act establishing who the various players are before culminating with an ending that in true Giallo fashion wraps everything up as the killer reveals their motives. The film ending takes place in a decrepit mansion covered in cobweb’s that in many ways echoes the killers own skeletons from their closet.

Along the way the film also introduces several obvious and some not as obvious red herrings who all add greatly to the story at hand. The killings are not particularly bloody or violent, that is not to say that they are not effective. The build up for new kill is perfectly paced and executed. The film also does a good job teasing the viewer as many of the female victims dress in minimal clothing. Performance wise the entire cast is more than adequate in their respective roles with Sema Ozcan (who is pictured on the DVD’s front cover) stealing every scene that she is in.

The DVD:

Onar Films presents Kadin düsmani is a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The image looks generally clean with print damage and edge enhancement kept to a minimum. There are a few scenes where the image looks overly bright and some scenes where the image looks a tad too dark. Despite these flaws this transfer fares well when compared to other Onar Films other DVD releases.

This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Turkish. Removable English subtitles that are error free and easy to follow have been included. The audio does exhibit some background noise and has other distortion related issues. These flaws are never become to excessive.

Extras for this release include trailers for Casus kiran – yedi canli adam, Altin çocuk, Kizil tug – Cengiz han and Karanlik Sular. Other extras include a photo gallery with 12 images, a mini replica poster and text bios for Director Ilhan Engin and actor Ekrem Bora (text is in English). Rounding out the extras is an eleven minute segment of Turkish cinema titled “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Part 3” (in Turkish with English subtitles). Overall this is another solid DVD release from Onar Films, highly recommended.

Note: This is a very limited edition release in which there are only 500 copies.

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