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Review: Crimes of Passion (Arrow Video)

Crimes of Passion
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4 stars
Starring: Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin, Bruce Davison, Annie Potts

Directed: Ken Russell

Release Date: July 19, 2016

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video


The thirty year-old hard-worker Bobby Grady is married with two children to the frigid Amy Grady and their marriage is in crisis. Bobby is invited to work the night shift at a fashion design studio whose owner believes his talented and introspective designer Joanna Crane is selling his designs to competitors. Bobby accepts the job to make money and please Amy with a bathtub and follows Joanna after hours. He discovers she has a double life, working as a fifty-dollar hooker called China Blue in the red light district and practicing kinky sex with her clients to satisfy their fantasies. Bobby becomes obsessed by China Blue and when the true thief is found, he has sex with her and they have a crush on each other. Meanwhile the insane preacher Rev. Peter Shayne (Anthony Perkins) decides to save Joanna’s soul and stalks her everywhere



Audio Language: English
Dubbed: English
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good a tad flat but overall sounds good. No Distortion and clear dialog

Rating: 4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is Great. Top Notch Arrow. Sharp details, realistic skin tones, and Vivid colors.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: October 19, 1984 (USA)
Disc release Date: July 19, 2016 (USA)
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the director’s cut and unrated versions of the film
    • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Audio commentary with director Ken Russell and producer-screenwriter Barry Sandler
    • Seven deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Sandler
    • Brand-new interview with Sandler recorded especially for this release
    • Home movie footage of Ken Russell visiting Florida for a retrospective screening of Crimes of Passion at the 2009 Orlando Film Festival
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil
    • Illustrated booklet containing new writing by Ken Russell’s biographer, Paul Sutton, correspondence between Russell and Kathleen Turner, and an on-set interview with Russell


My Thoughts

Crimes of Passion is a Neon lit Thriller that gets pretty porn like at times. Two story’s collide when A Hooker by Night Hard day Worker during the day is being followed buy are lead who was hired to see who she is. The Lead a Married man who’s never cheated ends up falling of the wagon when he starts surveillancing are main Female lead. who by the way gets pretty deep with and could hurt his at home life. On another hand we also have a stalker, a dangerous personality who may get in the way.

Story wise the film was a decent, filled with humor, sex and daily life. I like the main male and his wife’s relationship on screen as it seems fun but also kind of hard at times. But what really shines is are Hooker played by Kathleen Turner. Love the character as she is a mystery but also very good at her night job with role-playing and handling her customers. Her fast talking happy, raunchy attitude switching charisma fills the screen. Nudity fills the screen at times but not a ton and the acting was good. The down sides are at time it can run slow also the story has a bunch going on. With the directors cut we have everything we want to see and the cut sexual acts and other things we need.

Overall the movie was a good watch with some create stand out performances thanks to are hooker who seems to like what she does but them also doesn’t as she fill sad right after but then kicks up a gear right after feeling sad. I enjoyed the film and From what I’ve read the film has a following with an overall medium ratting.

With that said I give Crimes of Passion a 4 out of 5 as I really enjoyed Kathleen Turner’s role. Pop in the disc and select the longer version as it’s the way to view. Sit back laugh at times and enjoy the character China Blue you dirty pervert you.

Rating – 5 Star System




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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

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