10 Rillington Place (1971)
Company: Twilight Time
Starring: Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, Judy Geeson, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Phyllis Macmahon
My Review and Thoughts:
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Nicely done Twilight Time. I have never seen this film. Was shocked and absolutely captivated by this unique, intense and very dark film. I am a huge True Crime buff and lover of films based on actual real life reality. This is a film based on a serial killer, the real life serial killer John Christie. John was a murderer of women, in total of at least 8 which is known and confirmed. There has always been the possibility that there were more victims. One of those victims was his wife Ethel. John went about his life and killed over a 10-year period, burying some of his victims in his flat at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London. His wives resting spot was under the floor boards. What makes John stand out above and beyond a lot of Serial Killers is John enjoyed having sex with his victims as they died or where dead, quickly giving him the stamp of necrophilia. Now for all you crime enthusiast, 10 Rillington Place no longer stands, it was demolished and even the street was changed and renamed.
Now the biggest down fall to this story is the horrible reality, that an innocent man was executed for two of Christie’s victims. Timothy Evan’s was arrested for the murder of his wife and baby daughter in 1950. He lived above Christie at 10 Rillington Place. Evans was found guilty and then hanged. Sadly, after Christies arrest, Christie confessed, but it was too late. That’s the reality of this film, it’s very disturbing and eye opening. It plays with the senses and the emotional reality of life and death. The movie is directed, told and acted in a way it feels so real, disturbing, and gets under your skin, and plays with you.
This British crime drama is one that stands out above and beyond a lot of crime films. This movie feels so real. It’s a film that is touchy, unique, dark, twisted and emotional. It not only displays Christie's horrors, but also the asinine, and horrible injustice of Timothy Evans.
There are two unbelievable and powerful performances in this film. First the master thespian Richard Attenborough who needs no introduction. He captures this role with a flawless mastery that has to be seen to be fully understood. Next the golden ticket goes to John Hurt who is a total master talent. He is the very essence of performance. He captures the part of Timothy Evans in a hair raising reality of perfectionism. The whole cast is flawless. Tightly directed and filmed in a total reality based way that displays itself in a complete understanding of the subject. It’s like you’re an eye witness to the real truth.
Directed by one of the all time greats of cinema, Richard Fleischer. Richard was a total genius when it came to memorable pieces of film. He directed so many greats of the cinema world. All one has to do is look at his film list, the Disney classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1970’s Tora! Tora! Tora! He also directed two other true life Serial Killer films 1959’s Compulsion, and one of my personal favorites 1968’s The Boston Strangler. Directing such sci-fi classic’s like 1966’s Fantastic Voyage, and 1973’s Soylent Green. He was a director that had a lot of hits and some misses. No matter how small, or great a film was, he mastered it with a flawless ease of filmed perfection, and in my viewpoint 10 Rillington Place is a prime example of that perfection.
After seeing this for the first time. I am utterly shocked and amazed that this film seems to be lost, or massively underappreciated. I think one reason is that we don’t want to think or remember that an innocent man was murdered by the government. A miscarriage of justice is an understatement in what happened to Timothy Evan’s. This movie is an important piece of cinema that Twilight Time has honored and brought to life in a whole new way, a high quality Blu-ray of perfection.
My rating: 5 out of 5
This is one of Twilight Time's strongest realities in there Blu-ray's. The audio and video quality of this film is a total grade A+ reality. I have never seen this so I can't compare it to anything, but I can not imagine that this looks any better any where else. The audio is spot on. The colors are vibrant and the imagery is crisp.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Isolated Score Track. Composer and Conductor John Dankworth is behind the music. Dankworth had a long wonderful career of music. His music is still used today on film and TV. He was a gifted soul that supplied a vast array of musical wonder in his many accomplishments. From working on the classic TV series The Avengers to feature films. His talent stood out and you can experience his wonder in the music of 10 Rillington Place. What makes him stand out is his Jazz. He had such a talent. Playing the saxophone, clarinet and also a writer of music. His composing was and is still something to embrace and thoroughly grasp the brilliance of this man. A great extra on this Blu-ray by Twilight Time.
Audio Commentary with Actress Judy Geeson, and Film Historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman. This was a fantastic listen. These commentaries that are supplied many times by Twilight Time are perfection in just this reality. Sometimes I love to listen to the commentaries first. Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman are perfection and knowledge in film that is highly entertaining. The huge plus is also by the beautiful, stunning, actress Judy Geeson. Geeson plays the part of Beryl Evan’s, a victim of Christie and also the false murder and conviction and execution of her husband Timothy Evan’s. Geeson is a goddess of film. Still acting strong today in all her wonderful glory. It was great hearing her talk about the film. A wonderful extra by Twilight Time.
Audio Commentary with Actor John Hurt. Another flawless listen. I mean what more could you want then hearing from this master talent. He gave his all to this film performance and it was flawless hearing him speak about the movie.
Original Theatrical Trailer
Twilight Time has done it again. They expressed the perfection in this Blu-ray. A wonderful audio and video transfer to Blu-ray. Awesome extras. A flawless gem that is a must own and must see film for any lover of movies. This is a high quality Blu-ray, highly recommended.
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