Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 3rd, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Greece, 1990
Director: Nikos Nikolaidis
Cast: Meredyth Herold, Michele Valley, Panos Thanassoulis
DVD released: May 30th, 2006
Approximate running time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Greek/English
DVD Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTsc
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: An unnamed detective is looking for his long lost love Laura when he is taken by surprise and kidnapped by her killers. His captors are a mother/daughter team who use torture to get them off while having sex. They give the detective the nickname Singapore Sling. The women reenact right before his eyes their various murders including the murder of his girlfriend Laura. Will Singapore Sling be able to escape before it becomes his turn to die?
Singapore Sling is without a doubt the most bizarre murder mystery ever committed to celluloid. The story shifts from conventional moments which reveal the mysteries the detective seeks to uncover too set pieces that are beyond description. There is vomiting and golden showers while having sex and gutting victims’ organ by organ that pop up at regular intervals through out the films nearly two hour time length.
While watching the film the time length does become a problem as things drag and scenes start to resemble scenes you have already seen. The films’ black and white photography is stunning and virtually very frame looks likes a painting. The acting is nothing exceptional with way too many moments when the actors break the fourth wall and speak into the camera. Singapore Sling is a guilty pleasure that some will enjoy and most will leave disgusted by its degrading imagery.
Synapse Films works wonders with their reconstruction of the best elements available for Nikos Nikolaidis’ Singapore Sling. The film is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The black and white image looks striking and nearly flawless as there is no evidence of any print damage.
The release comes with an audio track which is in both English and Greek due to the fact the whole was never dubbed into English. For the portions that are in Greek, English subtitles have been provided. The audio is in great shape. There are no problems with hiss or distortion and dialog is easy enough to follow.
Extras for this are the films original trailer and a stills gallery.
Singapore Sling is an unconventional film even by cult and exploitation standards’. Synapse DVD will come as a revelation to fans of this film, now they will be able to see Singapore Sling in all of glory via a crystal clear transfer, recommended.