Violent Midnight

Violent Midnight

Lee Philips
 Cast: Lee Philips
Lee Philips
, Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Strudwick
, James Farentino
James Farentino
, Jean Hale
Jean Hale


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This well-crafted "adults only" thriller (which in 1963 meant it included a few brief nude scenes and suggestions of sex between some characters) gets a stronger than expected presentation in this DVD release from Dark Sky Films. Violent Midnight (aka Psychomania and Black Autumn) has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the image quality is outstanding. The source materials are pristine, and the transfer is pin-sharp and shows a wide range of gray tones. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 2.0, preserving the original monophonic mix, and the sound is crisp and well-detailed. The dialogue is in English, and no multiple language options are included, though the disc does include English subtitles for the hearing-impaired. As a bonus, this edition also includes a commentary track from producer Del Tenney, who claims to have also made uncredited contributions to the screenplay and handled some of the direction; unfortunately, Tenney's comments are not as interesting as one might hope, but he still offers some useful background on the cast and working with the always fascinating Sylvia Miles. Low-budget films from the 1960s rarely look this good on DVD, and Dark Sky have really gone the extra mile to give a relatively little-known film a top-shelf release on disc; genre fans will be well-pleased.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0030306773292
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Dark Sky Films
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 54,055

Special Features

Commentary with Del Tenney; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Philips Elliot Freeman
Shepperd Strudwick Adrian Benedict
James Farentino Charlie Perone
Jean Hale Carol Bishop
Margot Hartman Lynn Freeman
Lorraine Rogers Alice St. Clair
Kaye Elhardt Dolores Martello
Sylvia Miles Silvia
Mike Keene Inspector Grey
Mike O'Dowd Max
Dick Van Patten Palmer

Technical Credits
Richard Hilliard Screenwriter
W.L. Holcombe Score Composer
Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Louis McMahon Cinematographer
Robin Miller Screenwriter
Mann Rubin Screenwriter
Del Tenney Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Violent Midnight
1. Hunting Accident [1:46]
2. Opening Credits [1:03]
3. Dolores Martello [10:17]
4. Table's Reserved [4:18]
5. Murder! [6:56]
6. Leads [4:37]
7. Belmont College [7:08]
8. Charlie's Alibi [3:45]
9. Peeping Professor [2:09]
10. Freeman's Interrogation [3:11]
11. Laundry Room [9:35]
12. I Killed My Own Father! [4:50]
13. Swimming With Alice [14:38]
14. Chasing Charlie [6:11]
15. Abduction [3:14]
16. Just Like Father! [6:23]
17. Adrian and Elliot [2:23]

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