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"I am writing this review mainly for someone who might be wondering if the quality of this DVD is good or not. Evidently, the quality of two other older Bronson films,specifically Honor Among Thieves and Cold Sweat, is very poor on DVD. This is not the case with Someone Behind the Door. The DVD quality is excellent and the packaging is top of the line with photos from the film itself on front and back of the DVD case. Someone put alot of work into this DVD and it is well worth purchasing. After a dismal experience with another seller, I ordered my copy from Amazon.com and received it within three days and in perfect condition. I hope this review helps you."
A delightful psychological thriller
Lunar Strain | United States | 01/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I actually originally picked up Someone Behind The Door on VHS for 99 cents. I was a huge Bronson fan and said "what the hell" and got it. The title and cover did not make the film too appealing, but I was actually taken by total surprise by the film. Fans of Bronson's action films, don't expect the same here. This is more of a thought provoking thriller. What got me the most is the great performances by Bronson, Perkins, and Bronson's then wife . The story centers on brain sergon Anthony Perkins finding amnesia victim Bronson. Perkins takes him in for care and somehow convices him to murder his wife. The ending is spactacular. Smartly written and moves at a brisk pace. Though this is one of Bronson's more obsecure films, it well worth for fans to check out. This one his rarities that he made while in Italy. The DVD itself is also of very high quality, which is a surprise for such a rare movie."
IF YOU ONLY LIKE BRONSON'S ACTION MOVIES, DO NOT WATCH THIS!
MICHAEL TAYLOR | RICHMOND, VA USA | 08/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A NEUROSURGEON [THE LATE GREAT ANTHONY PERKINS] ALLOWS A POTENTIALLY MURDEROUS AMNESIAC [THE LATE GREAT CHARLES BRONSON] TO STAY IN HIS HOME. UNLIKE MANY OTHER CHARLES BRONSON MOVIES, IT MAKES YOU WANNA THINK. THE ACTING IS GREAT AND THE STORY IS INTRIGUING. IF YOU ONLY LIKE BRONSON MOVIES LIKE ''DEATH WISH'' OR ''ACT OF VENGEANCE'', THEN THIS MOVIE IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR YOU. BUT IF YOU LIKE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS, THEN THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE FOR YOU TO WATCH."
Mislabled 16:9 Widescreen
John Kelley | Hazlet, NJ USA | 05/05/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The LionsGate version of this title is clearly labeled "16:9 Widescreen" in one location and also has a large logo on the the back of the cover which states - (16x9 WIDESCREEN 1.78:1 DVD SCREEN FORMAT). However, the actual dvd is presented in a letterboxed 1.85:1 format without anamorphic enhancement. The LionsGate version is still the only version of this film worth having on DVD but there is no excuse for the false advertising."
Bronson Tries to Unlock the Past.....
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 02/18/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This review refers to the Front Row Entertainment VHS edition of "Someone Behind the Door"......Bronson fans, don't get too excited about this one...It's a good mystery, with some great stars, but not one to be remembered as one of his best. It's almost like watching an old episode of "Columbo", only there's no brillant detective to solve the case.Charles Bronson plays an amnesiac, who has been dropped off at an English hospital. A Psychiatrist there (Anthony Perkins) there takes an interest in him, and takes him home under the guise that he will help old Charlie. Right away we know there is something amiss as the good doctor has already lied about where the patient has gone.The Doctor starts turning up clues as to poor Charlie's identity. His clothes, a picture of his "wife" and a letter from his wife's lover are among the evidence. Oh right... and then there's the matter of the dead women that turns up on the beach where our guy Bronson was found.So here's the mystery...Is Bronson really this brutal killer or is the good Doc setting him up for some of his own sinister plans. After all he is having problems with his own beautiful wife as well(Jill Ireland). The story starts out rather slow with Bronson being the willing patient, but Bronson soon becomes the Bronson we all know and love as his character is convinced he is a murderer and is ready to explode! Can he unlock his past before there is another murder?
There are some very tense, chilling and some disturbing scenes. The ending is a bit of a let down and I'll leave it at that so as not to give it away.It is a good thriller that will keep your attention. It's just not a real well made film and being a Bronson fan I expected..well...Bronson! Anthony Perkins is great at being creepy, and this film is no exceptions to that. Jill Ireland is always a nice addition to any film. This particular VHS edition is at best a mediocre quality.Not a great picture, and it seemed a little choppy,like some parts had been edited out. This may be a contributing factor as to my opinion of this film. The sound was distinct and clear though. This is for the true Bronson fan, or if you just want to see something a little different in a mystery.Well I'm off to watch the "Magnificent Seven" or "The Dirty Dozen" or maybe even "Death Wish" so I can remember why I Love Bronson so much!...Have fun...Laurie"