DEAD RINGERS REVIEWED
“Dead Ringers” is probably the most tame of Cronenberg’s 1980s output. That being said, it was a graphic sexual film about steel gynelogical devices and the twins that use them. Jeremy Irons deserved an Oscar for what he brought to the role. What could’ve been a creeping role of twin OB-GYNs who like to share sexual partners turned into something better. It was a look at male fear in the face of a woman that could keep up with them. Genevieve Bujold’s character is kind of sick, but she gets the world that the twin gynos share.
Unfortunately, the boys differ on how to deal with their kinky new friend. If scenes of vaginal examination and medical insertion gross you out, then this isn’t for you. A heady amount of the material is implied, but it’s hammered in a way that feels like it was shot up-close. There are two transfers on this disc and I’m still not sure which one I prefer. I get that the 1.66:1 was Cronenberg’s preferred way, but I feel that information gets cut off. There’s just something to the original view that hits those red smocks and metallic steel that feels so unnatural. Pick this one up.
- 1.78:1 / 1.66:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track