Play Misty for Me [DVD] [1971]

  • SKU: 4319204
  • Release Date: 09/18/2001
  • Rating: R
This excellent DVD release of Clint Eastwood's 1971 directorial debut Play Misty for Me will please newcomers and longtime fans alike. Loaded with DVD extras, the movie's print has been cleaned up and returned to its original aspect ratio with a good anamorphic widescreen transfer. Beautifully filmed on-location by master cinematographer Bruce Surtees, the movie also serves as a love letter to the rugged California coastal town of Carmel. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is excellent and the scenes set at the Monterey Jazz Festival are given new sonic life on this disc. There are numerous disc extras to select (though some of them are too slight to be worth mentioning), but by far the best is the hour-long look back at the making of the movie. Entitled "Play It Again: A Look Back at Play Misty for Me," it's full of interviews with Eastwood, female lead Jessica Walter (in an excellent, star-making performance), key producers, writers, and others. This documentary makes plain that Play Misty for Me set the stage for Eastwood's career as a talented, individualistic director who refuses to get sucked into Hollywood power games or pointless power trips. After this film, Eastwood continued to use little or no makeup for actors, naturalistic lighting, real locations over sets, rich jazz scores, and tight budgets. Made for well under a million dollars, Play Misty for Me was a big mainstream hit with general audiences that also earned praise from indie film godfather John Cassavetes. The DVD also features a too short featurette on Eastwood and famed action-suspense director Don Siegel. A mentor and collaborator, Siegel was even amusingly cast as a bartender, mainly so Eastwood could get help from him on the first couple of days of shooting (he ended up not needing any). Besides better-than-average production notes and movie stills, the disc also features a montage of potential poster art that ends with the finished product. As a side note, the disc also makes plain that Eastwood considers Fatal Attraction to be an uncredited remake of Play Misty for Me.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • "Play It Again: A Look Back at Play Misty for Me"
    • The Beguiled, Misty, Don and Clint
    • Clint Eastwood on DVD
    • Photograph montage
    • Clint Eastwood directs and acts
    • The Evolution of a Poster
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers
    • DVD-ROM features

    Synopsis


    Play Misty for Me
    Play Misty for Me marked Clint Eastwood's debut as a director, and it gave him the then-unusual opportunity to play a regular contemporary guy in a thriller about sex, obsession, and stalking. Eastwood's Dave Garver is a self-centered California jazz disc jockey struggling with the idea of committing to his on-again, off-again girlfriend Tobie (Donna Mills). One night he meets the mini-skirted Evelyn (Jessica Walters) in a bar, and he goes home with her for what he assumes is a one-night stand. Dave discovers, however, that Evelyn has repeatedly called his show requesting that he "play 'Misty' for me," and she is not about to go gently into the night now that she has bedded him. Even though it touches on the early-'70s flashpoints of sexual liberation, studio execs expressed doubts about why anyone would want to see a movie featuring Eastwood as a deejay. Eastwood reportedly answered that he was not sure either, but he thought it was a good suspense story, and he offered his services as director for free. Play Misty for Me wound up making five times more than it cost and is a precursor to such erotic thrillers as Fatal Attraction (1987) and Basic Instinct (1992). Eastwood mentor Don Siegel appears early on as a bartender. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Clint Eastwood
      Clint Eastwood - Dave Garver
    • Jessica Walter
      Jessica Walter - Evelyn
    • Donna Mills
      Donna Mills - Tobie
    • John Larch
      John Larch - Sgt. McCallum
    • Clarice Taylor
      Clarice Taylor - Birdie



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great directorial debut

      Posted
      prlwctd

      Misty is up there with Citizen Kane, Duel, & Boyz N the Hood (the respective directorial debuts of Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, & John Singleton) as one of the all-time great freshman directorial outings. Eastwood was already a movie star before he fulfilled his life long ambition to direct with this movie. His skill behind the camera led to his (arguably) more-acclaimed second career as a film director. However, his performance as the deejay who gets more than he bargained for when he embarks on what he believes is a casual relationship with a fan (played on a wonderfully scary note by Jessica Walter), who wants something much more from her interactions with him, is noteworthy because, while we may not quite agree with his attitude toward such issues, his character, Dave Garver, still wins our sympathy because he doesn't encourage his nemesis the way the male leads in the lesser films this classic inspired (such garbage as Fatal Attraction, Poison Ivy, The Crush, Swimfan, Basic Instinct, and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) do. Don Siegel, who directed Clint several times (not least of which in Dirty Harry) has a wonderful small role as a bartender.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If you liked Fatal Attraction...this is good too.

      Posted
      dize9ball
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      Clint Eastwood makes his directorial debut and stars in this...be careful who you sleep with...lady goes psycho thriller. The story is solid and the actress who plays the nut case is very convincing as the over the top jealous female all men should stay very far away from.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great product

      Posted
      rnshono
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      This is one of the finest products that I ever purchased from Best Buy. It is second to none and is of great quality.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All time favorite

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      JeanneW
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      I love this movie. Good period piece: the original fatal attraction movie! Great price, too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very suspenseful

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      G3rmWarfar3
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      Eastwood's directorial debut is quite thrilling and definitely worth checking out

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nice

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      Blu225
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      Good movie . Full of suspense and great plot . Actors give it their all

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Dabluestuff
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      It was a First time watch and thought it was really good

      I would recommend this to a friend



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