DePalma has never been consistent with his quality of work. For every "SCARFACE", he has a "OBSESSION", "RAISING CAIN"or "BONFIRES OF THE VANITIES." Typically criticized for ripping off Hitchcock, this critic disagrees, believing DePalma is typically paying homage to the famed director instead. However, his scripts are generally more problematic than Hitchcock's were. "BODY DOUBLE" is no exception. But, the biggest problem is the main actor, Craig Wasson, is just not right! He's not a bad actor by any means, but he's just totally unable to carry off the lead role. A "big name" actor would've made this film work much, much better!
Wasson is Jake, an actor suffering from various anxiety problems on the set of his current film. Upon coming home, his wife is found having sex with someone else, and things seemingly couldn't get worse. Having to find somewhere to live, a fellow actor appears to save the day, offering his wonderful condo to him, in exchange for house-sitting it! Jake also finds a secret benefit, while looking out the patio telescope, he finds a beautiful woman across the way, performing sexually titillating actions each night. Deciding to follow and meet her(stalking is the right term)he soon witnesses a brutal murder and gets caught up in a convoluted examination of the sex industry.
There are some fine moments: Deborah Shelton is great to watch! The "RELAX" song is utilized in a heavy-handed, but nostalgic way for new viewers, and the over-the-top camera work can be fun(for a little while). But, ultimately, those anticipating an incredible follow-up film to "SCARFACE", hoping for DePalma to explore the adult film industry the way he explored drug trade previously, will be sorely disappointed.
SONY has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a great looking transfer. Far better than the previous letterboxed release, this one offers superior detail and contrast. It's sharper in every scene. Detail is so impressive, that it actually highlights the film's modest budget problems even more than before. However, it's a solid remaster and overall, a slick image.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not aggressive, it becomes intentionally overpowering whenever the music cues up. Separation effects are minimal, but effective. The score, while heavy-handed, adds a kind of kitsch flair to the fim.
SONY has included some great featurettes here, made up mostly of interviews.