Blu-ray Commentary: “The Deadly Trap”

My audio commentary for The Deadly Trap is available now through Kino Lorber’s reissue of the 1971 thriller starring Faye Dunaway and Frank Langella. This movie came out earlier in both of their careers after she had become an Oscar nominee for Bonnie and Clyde and after he received a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer – Male for Diary Of A Mad Housewife. The film was directed by René Clément whose films include Forbidden Games, Purple Noon (with Alain Delon), and the Golden Globe-winning Rider On The Rain (with Charles Bronson).

In this French thriller, an American author named Philip (played by Langella) and his wife Jill (Dunaway) are living with their two young kids in Paris together. Philip has left behind an unsavory shadow organization that ask him to do one more job for them with implied threats against his family if he does not. He tells his wife nothing of this nor do we immediately know what he will do. Jill is coping with mental issues, and her memory lapses and slight paranoia make us question her state of mind. When their children go missing while she is out with them one afternoon, is it merely her negligence to blame or something more sinister afoot?

The following is review coverage for my commentary work on The Deadly Trap, which I will add to as more reviews become available. A shout out to my friend Talia Soghomonian, an ex-pat reporter living in Paris, who helped me confirm many of the locations seen in the film.

“Supplements include a thorough audio commentary track by Bryan Reesman, which is as much a reading of the film’s style as informative about its origins and making-of info, though there is a lot of useful observations about the film’s Parisian locales.”

“The Kino Blu-ray offer new audio commentary by entertainment journalist and author Bryan Reesman who greets us in French but declares his speaking ability is limited. He is affable in discussing details of the film, how it was mis-marketed in the US to capture an audience more in-line with edge-of-seat, and or paranoia, thrillers. He described it as a subdued genre effort – different than a typical suspense’r and makes many strong points about the cast and production as well as director Clément’. Nice to hear his voice again (I enjoyed his commentary on Arrow’s Blu-rays of Robert Wise’s The Andromeda Strain and video essay on their The Quiet Earth Blu-ray.)”

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