Review Date: July 19, 2000
Released by: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date: 7/11/2000
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 2.35:1 | 16x9: Yes
Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) is out celebrating at a company party. The entire night he is eying an attractive woman named Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert), who just happens to be the wife of Terry's boss. The two talk and decide to meet at Terry's apartment. They have sex; once it's over Terry goes to use the bathroom. While he's gone Sylvia here's a woman screaming outside the window and gets up to see what's happening. She witnesses a man attacking a woman on the street. The man sees Sylvia in the window and flees the scene by the time Terry is back to see what's happening. Some nearby citizens come to the aid of that woman. Terry and Sylvia agree that the woman is okay and getting the help she needs, and that there is no need for them to call the police.
The next day Terry notices a newspaper headline reading that a woman was killed the night before. What catches his eye is the fact that it happened 30 minutes after the attack Sylvia saw and that it happened a few blocks away from where he lived. He talks to Sylvia about it and she decides she has to do the right thing and go to the police. Their is a big problem with doing that, however, since their affair will be known by his boss/her husband. Terry comes up with the idea of going to the police himself with all the details of the attack that Terry gives him.
Terry goes to the police with the information and soon, after a little detective work from Terry, they believe they've found the killer. During the trial Terry's testimony gets proven useless by the defendant's attorney and the case is dismissed. After further investigation from the detectives on the case Terry becomes one of their prime suspects. Now with a killer on the loose and a strong possibility of him going to jail, Terry teams up with Denise (Elizabeth McGovern), the woman who was attacked outside his window, to prove who the killer is. To do so they must gamble with their own lives to trap the killer and prove Terry's innocence.
The Bedroom Window was moderately enjoyable for me. The story was decent, the acting was good for the most part with a few exceptions, but what mostly bothered me is that this was supposed to be a thriller and I just didn't find it very thrilling or suspenseful. The actor who played the part of the killer (Brad Greenquist) wasn't very good acting out his part. He came across as too wimpy to me and he just didn't portray this killer as a frightening person. That isn't my only reason, however. None of the murder scenes were shown while they were happening, we only saw the aftermath. There was a brief flashback of a murder scenes, but I think it would've been more effective to show more of the murders while they were happening, show the victims fright and struggle to stay survive, show the actual murder itself, and during all these scenes have an effective musical score playing. All of these things are, in my opinion, key to making a successful thriller.
Here is where the DVD really shines. Anchor Bay presents The Bedroom Windows in it's original 2.35:1 ration and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen TVs. The transfer is extremely clean with only a few print blemishes appearing during the presentation and absolutely no specks. Colors were solid and vibrant; I was amazed by the vibrant green in the trees during some of the outdoor scenes. This comes pretty close to looking like a few that was released yesterday. Excellent job done by Anchor Bay on this one.
The Bedroom Window is presented in Dolby Digital Mono. Nothing special on this one in terms of sound, but it's worth noting that it was crisp and clear throughout the film with no distortion of any sort.
Anchor Bay released this as a standard release, providing only the theatrical trailer to the film.
As with most Bay releases, The Bedroom Window has a great audio/video presentation, but with no extras and a less-than-thrilling story most people will be better off to steer clear of this one. If you do find yourself interested in the film I'd definitely recommend you rent it first to see if it's something you like.
Movie - C
Image Quality - B+
Sound - A-
Supplements - C
- Running Time - 1 hour 53 minutes
- Rated R
- 1 Disc
- Chapter Stops
- Dolby Digital Mono