Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 3rd, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1982
Director/Writer: David Schmoeller
Cast:Morgan Fairchild, Vince Edwards, Andrew Stevens, Michael Sarrazin
DVD released: November 7th, 2006
Approximate running time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Anchor Bay
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: Jamie Douglas (Morgan Fairchild) is one of Los Angeles most known women television news anchors. Derek (Andrew Stevens) is a successful photographer who becomes infatuated with Jamie. The police are unable to help since no law has been broken. Derek doesn’t take rejection to well and when Jamie rejects him he becomes increasingly more violent towards her. Alone Jamie is forced to finally confront her attacker with the only weapon she has left her body.
The Seduction is a film whose subject matter was made at the right time and in the twenty five years since its release celebrity stalking has become more widespread. The plot is not without its flaws like the middle section of the film which tends to drag as we are shown one to many times Derek terrorizing Jamie. The set up which introduces us to the players and the films final act are nearly flawless.
The film was written and directed by David Schmoeller who makes good use of his locations and actors/actresses. If anything his greatest stroke of genius is coming up with as many ways as he did where actress Morgan Fairchild takes her clothes off or is dressed in sexy lingerie. His sense of style is even handed and he never tries to be overly flashy when directing a scene.
Just like the script the films two leads are perfect choices and in 1982 both where in high demand for playing similar type roles to the ones they would play in The Seduction. Andrew Stevens is impressive as covers a wide range of emotions as Derek especially the piercing look he gives when he stares. Morgan Fairchild looks stunning and one would be hard pressed to think of any other actress who could have played this part or looked any better then she did. The supporting cast Kevin Brophy, Colleen Camp and Michael Sarrazin all give wonderful performances.
Another great score Lalo Schifrin’s who captures the mood of the film perfectly. One cannot forget or overlook cinematographer Mac Ahlberg’s contribution to the film who immaculate use of lighting and framing of the action only further elevate the performances and the story. Many exploitation fans will most likely recognize the name Mac Ahlberg as the director of such erotic classics as Justine & Juliette and Flossie. The Seduction is highly entertaining film about a subject matter which has become more prominent in today’s society then when this film was made.
The Seduction is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films picturesque 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are vivid and nicely saturated with flesh tones looking natural and accurate. Details look sharp in the background and foreground. The source material used for this transfer is in excellent shape and there are no problems with compression, artifacts or edge enhancement.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are no problems with distortion or any other sound defects. Overall the mix sounds full and dialog is always easy to follow and understand.
Extras for this release include the films original theatrical trailer and trailers for other Anchor Bay releases. Other extras include three featurette’s “Remembering The Seduction” (11 minutes), “Remembering the Locations and Production” (11 minutes) and “The Seduction and the Law” (8 minutes). All three featurette’s are interesting and insightful. The first two featurette’s are filled with many great stories about the film from most of the cast and crew. The only downside is the lack of participation from the films two stars Morgan Fairchild and Andrew Stevens. The featurette titled “The Seduction and the Law” gives a thorough overview about stalkers. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with producers Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis and writer/director David Schmoeller. The audio commentary is a lively track that makes a solid companion piece to the rest of the extras. Also included with this release is a DVD insert of the covert art that comes with chapter selections on the reverse side.
The Seduction is marginal thriller which overcomes its flaws mostly because of the solid performances from its two leads Morgan Fairchild and Andrew Stevens. Now fans of this sleazy thriller can finally enjoy it in all of its glory via Anchor Bay’s special edition DVD which comes with a few juicy extras and presents the film as it was meant to be seen in its original aspect ratio.