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DVD Reviews: The Boston Strangler                                                           Genre: Thriller

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: July 2004
Distributed by:
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 111 minutes





This feature is a dramatisation of the events that took place in Boston, USA in the 1960's, where a killer was on the loose taking the lives of women throughout the city. Even worse, police were not coming any closer to solving the crimes due to the problems caused by having jurisdictional lines throughout the different areas of Boston.

It was at this time that it was finally decided to share knowledge and resources under the command of one man. It was this elite strike force that by clinical methods eventually found the strangler and then the hard work truly began! You see, the strangler isn't who he thinks he is. Yes you read that correctly.

This movie plays like a documentary and the thing that really drew me to it was the fact that director Richard Fleischer used a number of camera techniques to storytell that I have not seen in a movie done during this period. Using split panels, almost in comic book fashion, the story comes together through a sequence of events, culminating in one single climatic picture.

I'd recommend this film to fans of murder thrillers. It's quite dated but if younger viewers can get over that and the dated dialogue, it's a really solid piece of storytelling with a somewhat shocking end, made all the worse by the fact that it's true.


A little grainy but in really good shape. The film is presented in 2.35 ratio and for the most part is nice and clear. Overall viewing quality is more than acceptable.


This is possibly the weakest part of the disc. It appears that the audio has possibly been cleaned up on account of pops and hisses, however the result is simply that the audio is dead quiet and then flairs up a bit when someone speaks. It sounds okay, however it is disconcerting to go from nothing to all of a sudden audio.


There's nothing here! Unfortunately they didn't make a habit of setting aside or creating extras back then :)


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