Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut in 1971 with Play Misty For Me. Shot in just 21 days, Eastwood stars as Dave Garber, a popular late night disc jockey for a small station in Caramel, California. One night, a regular female caller requests that he, “Play Misty for me.” Later, he meets the woman at a bar he goes to often, and then they go back to her house and make love. He leaves the next morning considering the dalliance nothing more than a one-night stand. When he gets home, Dave is surprised to find the woman Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter) with a bag of groceries and determined to cook them dinner and make herself at home. It soon becomes clear that Evelyn isn’t obsessed with “Misty,” but consumed with Dave.
Dave, trying to salvage his relationship with The One That Got Away (Donna Mills) wants nothing more than Evelyn to disappear, but she has other ideas. Jessica Walter is utterly convincing as a spurned, psycho lover. She combines just the right amount of beauty, charm and menace. Walter has had a long and successful career, but this has to be among her best performances. Evelyn’s bursts of psychotic anger are truly scary.
The supporting cast includes John Larch (Sergeant McCallum), Jack Ging (Frank), Irene Hervey (Madge), James McEachin (Al Monte), Clarice Taylor (Birdie), Don Siegel (Murphy). A real edge-of-your-seat thriller, Play Misty for Me remains creepy nearly fifty years after its release. Clint Eastwood shows an adeptness behind the camera that would make him the respected, Oscar winning director he is today.
Cited as being from “a Brand New 2K master” Kino’s Blu-ray looks strong throughout. Colors are rich and deep. Details are impressive in close-ups and really highlights the Caramel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Big Sur locations.
The DTS-HD Master 2.0 audio is a wonderful sounding mix to my ears. Clean dialogue with no hisses or pops. From the Erroll Garner title song “Misty” to the terrific score by Dee Barton, this track just fits the film.
English SDH subtitles are included.
The following extras are available:
- Audio Commentary featuring film historian Tim Lucas
- NEW! Interview with Donna Mills (HD 11:31)
- Video Essay by Film Historian Howard S. Berger (HD 1:13:24)
- Play It Again… A Look Back at Play Misty For Me (SD 49:22)
- The Beguiled, Misty, Don, and Clint (SD 6:13)
- Trailers From Hell with Adam Rifkin (HD 2:08)
- Stills Montage: Clint Eastwood Directs and Acts (2:03)
- Stills Montage (3:54)
- The Evolution of a Poster (2:37)
- Teaser Trailer (0:53)
- Theatrical Trailer (1:53)
- Two TV Spots (1:03)
- Reversible Art
- Limited Edition Slipcover
Play Misty For Me (1971)
Movie title: Play Misty For Me
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Actor(s): Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch , Jack Ging, Irene Hervey
Genre: Drama, Psychological Thriller, Crime