“Windows” has always looked like it was shot behind a shawl in near blackout conditions. I guess that was cinematographer turned director Gordon Willis’ expertise. So, if you saw Windows when you were young, I forgive you for not picking up on its odd nature. If you haven’t seen the movie, it can be summed up this way. Talia Shire has a lesbian neighbor who has a lady boner for her. To get Shire into a position she wants, the lesbian hires a rapist to attack Shire and record her moans. While this satisfies the lesbian neighbor for a bit, she gets jealous when Shire starts a love affair with the detective working her case.
Many times, younger film fans that learn about United Artists automatically blame “Heaven’s Gate” for the studio’s collapse. That isn’t fair. Rolling the dice on a gay panic movie at the start of the 1980s was part of the reason UA folded. Semi-serious fans will love to poke fun at “Cruising” and blame that movie for the gay panic spur at the start of the 1980s. Honestly, that movie looks compassionate compared to this flick. Elizabeth Ashley is a hair away from slapping on Betsy Palmer’s off-color sweater and stabbing camp counselors in the throat. Give it a chance just to watch an oddity in action.
Also, kudos to Shout Factory for releasing this movie with the clearest transfer I’ve ever seen. Light exists in this movie now. You can actually discern objects!
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MONO
RELEASE DATE: 7/4/17
- Video - 90%90%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 94%94%
- Film Score - 95%95%
The Plot Thus Far
Shire is the subject of a perverse obsession by a Lesbian neighbor, Andrea, who not only is in lust with her but hires a rapist in order to get audio tapes of her moaning. Ashley turns peeping tom and watches Shire with a telescope as she begins an affair with Det. Cortese.