|The Fourth Man (1983)
|Release Date:||April, 24, 2001|
|Running Time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Distributor:||Anchor Bay Home Entertainment|
Commentary by Paul Verhoven.
Extensive biographical infor mation on the director and two leads actors.
Original storyboard artwork.
|Video Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen
Dutch (Dolby Digital Mono)
|Casing:||1-Disc Keep Case
SynopsisWhile "Soldier of Orange" brought world attention to Paul Verhoven, it was his followup film "The Fourth Man" which brought Hollywood knocking at his door. A pleasingly, perverse thriller, "The Fourth Man" deals with human relationships in a frank manner seldom seen in American films. Gerard Reve (Jeroen Krabbe) is a gay, alcoholic writer who may suffer from schizophrenia as he is haunted by visions of death. Thrown into this psychic stew is the inner turmoil caused by the conflict between his sexuality and his Catholic faith. Gerard travels to Vlissagen to address the coastal town's literature club. There he meets Christine (Renee Soutendijk) a sensuous young woman who has her sights set on him. She also has three dead ex-husbands. Will Gerard become the fourth man? This powerfully depraved thriller will have you guessing and second guessing what will happen. You'll want to watch it a second time to figure out just what did happen. This is a great movie guaranteed to provoke conversation and argument.
The DiscAnother nice job by Anchor Bay. This is a great overlooked movie. Anchor Bay realizes that there are a lot of movie buffs out there who want to see and own these films. The product is excellent. A real keeper. It helps that the movie itself is so good, but they built on that to come up with a DVD you want to purchase.
Jan De Bont's cinematography loses nothing in the transfer. Beautiful colors. A real handsome picture.
From the sound of a spider skuttling over a table, to the moans of passion, and the anguished cries of a nightmare, this DVD gives you eveything.
If I have a grip with Anchor Bay's DVDs it is that the menus only list the chapters selections by name, and there is no illustrating still. It's a small grip but one I've meant to make before.
I really enjoyed the director's commentary because of the highly symbolic nature of the film. It was great to get the film-maker's insights. It was also nice to get the background information about the writer of the source material, Gerard Reve.
I had never heard of this film. I got it on the strength of my love for Verhoven's "Soldier of Orange" and "Spetters." Wow, great movie.