Murder a La Mod/The Moving Finger [Special Edition] [DVD]

Brian De Palma's first feature film, which has barely been seen since its blink-and-you-missed-it release in 1968, finally arrives on DVD in this "double feature" release from Something Weird Video. The charming and stylish Murder a la Mod is paired up here with another witty and rarely-seen look at bohemians in New York City, The Moving Finger; both films have been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and both look quite good given their age and rarity, though Murder a la Mod's source materials are pristine and The Moving Finger's aren't quite as clean. The original single-channel audio for both films has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and both sound fine if not exceptional. Both features are in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. As a bonus, rather than the usual collection of trailers or peep-show loops, Something Weird have included An Eye For The Girls, a truly oddball compendium of stock footage, cheesecake still photography and oddball narration that fits as a example of vintage Greenwich Village eccentricity of the 1960's. Film fans will find Murder a la Mod to be a minor but enjoyable work showing De Palma already had a keen eye as a visual stylist, and overall this disc will bring a smile to those interested in the late beatnik/early hippie nexus of the mid-1960's.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered!
  • Special bonus: take a lesson in how to photograph naked gals - and feel your brain cells melt in the process -when bare breasts, cowboys & Indians, stock footage and godawful jokes collide in a lengthy excerpt from the never-before-released 1996 experimental-nudie-
  • cutie An Eye for the Girls!
  • Total running time: over 3 1/2 hours of blood, boobs and beatniks!

Synopsis

The Moving Finger
Part of the British mystery series based on the books by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple: The Moving Finger was first aired in 1985. Maud Calthorp (Dilys Hamlett) calls in Miss Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) to investigate a hate-mail case in the small village of Lymston. The problem is kept relatively quiet until lawyer Edward Symmington (Michael Culver) discovers his wife dead after receiving one of the letters. The coroner says suicide, but Miss Marple is convinced otherwise. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Murder à la Mod
A man is being blackmailed by his wife, who wants him to get out of the pornography business. His girlfriend steals some jewels from a friend to help the financially strapped man, but she ends up being a murder victim in his studio, and the man must track down the killer to clear his own name. The trail leads to three possible suspects, all with a motive for murder. Brian de Palma relies more on visual effect than character development in this independently produced film. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Joan Hickson
    Joan Hickson - Miss Marple
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    John Arnatt - Guy Calthorp
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    Andrew Bicknell - Gerry Burton
  • Michael Culver
    Michael Culver - Edward Symmington
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    Sabina Franklyn - Joanna Burton
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