Blu-ray Review: SINGLE WHITE FEMALE

SINGLE WHITE FEMALE is based on the novel “SWF Seeks Same” written by John Lutz. The movie was produced and directed by Barbet Schroeder from a screenplay by Don Roos and stars Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber and Peter Friedman.

The perfect roommate or a perfect nightmare? An innocent wanted ad – “SWF seeks female to share apt in West 70s; Non-smkr, professional preferred” – opens the door to murderous, psychotic terror. After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn’t just take over Allie’s spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend … and her identity. An unrelenting thriller from director Barbet Schroeder, Single White Female boasts terrific performances and stylish suspense to die for. Bring this Blu-ray into your home today (at your own risk).

This 1992 psychological thriller follows Allison (Bridget Fonda) who breaks up with her fiancé Sam (Steven Weber) when she finds out he’s been cheating on her. Allison is left heartbroken but when she meets Hedra (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the two quickly hit it off so she invites her new friend to move in with her. The friendship between the new roommates is too good to be true at first but it slowly turns into an awkward situation and even an uncomfortable case of mistaken identity.

Allison decides to give Sam a second chance and this doesn’t sit well with Hedra who slowly descends into madness because of her hidden psychological issues. Hedra’s jealousy turns into fits of hostility and rage towards Allison, Sam and anyone else who enters the picture. Allison does a little investigating and finds out about Hedra’s past that explains why she is the way she is. The unhinged woman continues her violent ways, to the point that those close to Allison are dying and this leads to a life or death altercation between the two women where Allison is finally able to get rid of her batshit crazy roommate once and for all.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Single White Female ended up being another blast from the past and it’s another movie that I once owned on VHS. Side story: I had a massive VHS collection when I was a kid! Anyway, the story about this psycho roommate from hell and how this young woman deals with her is interesting plus it’s a subject that a lot of people out there can relate to in one way or another. Barbet Schroeder delivered a sexy psycho-thriller that was kind of ahead of its time as far as some of it content but the movie is also a bit of a slow burn which hurts it some. Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh did a really good job with their characters but Jennifer Jason Leigh kind of steals the show with this crazy character of hers. The two play off each other really well and to add more stress to the mix there’s Steven Weber’s character who gets in the middle of this new friendship. I think if there had been a few more kills and maybe a little more of the red stuff this 1992 psycho-thriller would have been a lot better of a watch. It’s still a good movie, just not a great one.  Single White Female will be available for the first time ever on Blu-ray on November 13th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some new audio commentary, four new interviews with some of the cast and crew and the original theatrical trailer.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Barbet Schroeder, Editor Lee Percy, and Associate Producer Susan Hoffman
  • NEW Interview With Director Barbet Schroeder (27:20)
  • NEW Interview With Actor Peter Friedman (07:17)
  • NEW Interview With Actor Steven Weber (19:41)
  • NEW Interview With Screenwriter Don Roos (25:41)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:04)

 

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