Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 18th, 2016
BluRay released: October 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 79 Minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Cinelicious Pics
Region Coding: Region Free / Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $34.99
Private Property was written and directed by Leslie Stevens who is most remembered for creating the T.V. series The Outer Limits. And though he is most known for his extensive work on television. He directed four features which include, his directional debut Private Property, Hero’s Island, Incubus and Three Kinds of Heat.
Key collaborators on Private Property include, cinematographer Ted D. McCord (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Sound of Music) and composer Pete Rugolo (“Thriller”, “Run for Your Life”).
This film features a rock-solid premise, that is further bolstered by well-defined characters and a well-constructed narrative that is perfectly paced for maximum effect. From a production stand point, there is not a single area where this film does not excel. With one of its most surprising assets being its striking visuals which have a Film Noir quality to them. Another strength of this film is when it comes to the visuals there are a few key visual sequences that standout and heighten the already mounting tension. With this film’s standout moment being a scene where Duke seduces Ann, despite promising her already to Boots.
Anchoring this psychodrama are the performances of this film’s two leads, Corey Allen in the role of Duke and Warren Oats (Dillinger, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) in the role of Boots. Both deliver convincing performances of unbalanced characters who have no boundaries when it comes to getting what they want. With that being said, there tow characters are not mirror images of each of other since the Duke character is clearly the more dominating of the two characters.
Not to be overlooked Kate Manx in the role of Ann Carlyle, the bored housewife. This film would mark one and only prominent role in the feature film. Four years after appearing in this film she would pass away at the age of thirty-four due to an overdose of sleeping pills. Ultimately Private Property is a film that was well ahead of time and now after years of languishing in obscurity it can finally reach the audience it so richly deserves.
Private Property comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a new 4K restoration from previously lost film elements rediscovered and preserved by UCLA Film and Television Archive. The source used for this transfer is in great shape, grain looks natural, there are issues with DNR or compression end the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio, a DTS-HD mix in mono English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced. Range wise things sound as good as one could expect for a mono source.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (1 minute 40 seconds), a ten page leaflet with information about the transfer and an essay titled Ten Properties of Private Properties written by Don Malcolm and an interview with Still Photographer and Technical Consultant Alex Singer (18 minutes 1 second).
Topics discussed in the interview with Alex Singer include, Stanley Kubrick’s Killers Kiss, Time magazine and how these things lead to him meeting Leslie Stevens, Kate Manx and his thoughts about her performance, cinematographer Ted McCord and the soft focus look of the film, Warren Oates and Corey Allen and his thoughts about their performances, how the film’s main location was Leslie Stevens home and his thought about the film.
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 Cinelicious Pics rescues Private Property from obscurity and gives it an exceptional release.
Note: This Blu-Ray / DVD combo release is a limited-edition release of 3,000 copies.