REVIEW: The Other (Blu-ray)

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The Other (Blu-ray)

Twilight Time / 1972 / 108 mins / PG

THE FILM:

Oh, THE OTHER got me good. It got me in a way a horror/thriller film hasn't done in a very long time. The first half sucked me in, completely making me think it was a quaint, cute, almost boring little movie. Set in the 1930's, we meet the young identical twin brothers Niles and Holland Perry (Chris and Martin Udvarnoky), their mourning and reclusive mother (Diana Muldaur) and their grandmother Ada (Uta Hagen). Niles is the good twin; he reads to his mother while feeding her lunch, lovingly keeps his recently deceased father's ring as an emotional treasure and plays "the game" with his grandmother. "The game" is actually Niles' psychic ability to project himself out of his body; to see the world through the eyes of others. Holland is the mischief maker twin. He's the Nellie Oleson in this little house on the prairie, that is if Nellie Oleson had no problem murdering the people she didn't like.

For the first hour, director Robert Mulligan (he who directed TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) keeps things very, very, VERY plain. We basically just hang out with Niles and Holland. We learn of "the game" but nothing particularly sinister comes of it. Holland arranges for some people who annoy him to meet nasty ends, but even while these were cold-blooded murders disguised as accidents, Mulligan plays them very low key. Then, we learn The Truth. In almost any other horror movie, this reveal would be a final shot twist that makes you go "OMG! I need to see this movie again. Right now!" But Mulligan (well, actually writer Tom Tryon who scripted the movie based on his own novel) uses this reveal to spiral the audience into a whole different level of horror that just builds and builds and builds.

THE OTHER isn't the first title that comes to most movie fans minds when talking about... well... anything really. But it should be. This is a movie that bombed when it originally came out and fairly quickly went out of the public consciousness; however it is a movie that was well ahead of its time. Over four decades later THE OTHER packs a punch that most current horror movies only dream they could deliver. If you're looking for a great horror movie or want to impress your friends with forgotten cinematic treasures, THE OTHER is exactly what you are looking for.

THE DISC:

The anamorphic 1.85 transfer Twilight Time delivers for THE OTHER is nothing short of stunning. This is a perfect representation of what early 1970's Hollywood films looked like. Well saturated colors, a fine sheen of film grain and good yet softish detail, which is exactly correct.

Likewise, the DTS-HD Master Audio mono sound mix is pitch perfect. This is mostly a quiet film, one that draws you in and the ambience of the farm house and the surrounding areas is excellent. Dialogue is crisp.

THE EXTRAS:

The legendary Jerry Goldsmith provided the score for THE OTHER and it is available on an isolated DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track.

The only other supplement is the original theatrical trailer that shows waaaay too much of the movie. I'd recommend watching it AFTER seeing the movie. 

OUR SAY:

A very underrated and mostly forgotten film, THE OTHER is a gem waiting to be rediscovered. Highly Recommended!


** THE OTHER is available exclusively via www.screenarchives.com... an excellent soundtrack and film specialty site **


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