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Hands of a Stranger

Hands of a Stranger

UPC: 089218423993

Format: DVD

Release Date: Oct 07, 2003

Rating: Not Rated

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Newton Arnold's Hands of a Stranger (1962) is one of a handful of above-average Alpha Video releases that come with the movie's trailer, indicating that it has actually been licensed from an official source. Based on the story The Hands of Orlac, the independent film -- originally distributed through Allied Artists -- has been transferred from what looks like a 35 mm fine-grained source, and is one of the best looking and sounding movies in the entire Alpha library, with a sharp image and excellent audio throughout. The movie was photographed by Henry Cronjager Jr. and had a score by Richard LaSalle, both of whom later became familiar figures in television series and made-for-television features. Cloris Leachman appears in the movie (in a small role) and Barry Gordon also shows up (as a child actor), though the big name at the time in the credits was Irish McCalla. The requisite six chapters are adequate to the 85-minute chiller, which is, at best, an earnest effort at horror filmmaking. The disc opens automatically on the four-choice menu, which has the "play" option in the default position and includes chapter selection, a company catalog, and a trailer that looks as good as the movie.
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