I’m continuing my look at the recently released Hammer films on Blu-ray with the latest boxset from Powerhouse Films. The film I’m reviewing here is a 1960 thriller which deals with the repercussion of a road accident. So without further ado here’s The Full Treatment Blu-ray Review.
- The Full Treatment (1960) aka Stop Me Before I Kill!
- Genre: Thriller
- Running Time: 110 Mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Powerhouse Films aka Indicator
- Blu-ray Released: 19th February 2018
When racing driver Alan Colby (Ronald Lewis) and his wife are involved in a road accident resulting in the death of a lorry driver he is left in a fragile mental state. As Alan attempts to fully recover, he and his wife Denise (Diane Cilento) take a holiday in the French Riviera. However he finds himself hurting his wife and doesn’t know why. They by chance meet a psychiatrist Dr Prade whom lives locally but also works in London. He instantly spots that Alan Colby has a problem and offers to help, this offer is initially rejected but as the couple return home Alan’s problem continues to worry Denise and she urges him to seek treatment.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Val Guest with the cinematography handled by Gilbert Taylor. The film is incredibly stylish with some lovely scenery well shot that really makes the most of the Mediterranean coastline. Pacing wise they get this spot on building the tension until something or someone has to break.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Stanley Black.
Acting / Characters
The Full Treatment revolves around three main characters, Ronald Lewis as the troubled racing driver Alan Colby, his wife played by Diane Cilento and the psychiatrist Dr. David Prade played by Claude Dauphin.
Ronald Lewis as Alan Colby has a hard job of having to show a full range of emotions which sees him fly off the handle over the smallest of things as he battles his fear that he may well end up killing his wife. He does this rather well although the script could have been better written to allow the outbursts to be a little more unpredictable.
Against that comes his wife (Diane Cilento) she plays the role to perfection, always seeming to care and want to do the right thing by Alan and willing to do anything to help fix his broken mind.
Then we come to the man with all the solutions the psychiatrist that seems a little too keen to help and one that seems to have a lot more to gain from Alan’s current mental state. Claude Dauphin plays his character very well but fails to really disguise his true intentions.
- Ronald Lewis as Alan Colby
- Diane Cilento as Denise Colby
- Claude Dauphin as David Prade
Conclusion: The Full Treatment Film Review
The Full Treatment is a rather good thriller that oozes style and plenty of tension. The story is an enthralling one and the way in which we see Alan Colby’s mental state fluctuate makes for fascinating viewing. The only slight negative I have is I always knew where the film was heading and therefore when the twist is revealed its no real surprise. That said the way in which the film builds to that moment is a thoroughly entertaining ride.
If you like my The Full Treatment Blu-ray Review you may want to check out these films:
- Hammer Volume One Fear Warning Boxset Review
- Cash on Demand (1961)
- The Snorkel (1958)
- Torture Garden (1967) Blu-ray Review
- Demons of the Mind (1972)
- Fear in the Night (1972)
Conclusion: The Full Treatment Blu-ray Review
The picture quality on this new version of The Full Treatment (1960) is excellent, the picture is clean and sharp. It’s another flawless release from the Indicator label.
On the extras front there is another excellent set of interviews with the must see feature being “Mind Control: Inside The Full Treatment” in which Jonathan Rigby, John J Johnston and BFI curator Josephine Botting provide plenty of interesting facts regarding the background and making of the film. This is a must for all Hammer film fans.
- Alternative US Version
- Mind Control: Inside The Full Treatment (2018) (21 mins)
- Hammer’s Women: Diane Cilento (2018) (11 mins)
- Subject for Analysis (2018) (15 mins)
- Censored Scene (2018) (4 mins)
- US Theatrical Trailer
- Image Gallery
- Limited Edtion 40 page booklet
- Reversible Sleeve
On to my movie rating for The Full Treatment (1960)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
The Full Treatment (1960) is available now on Blu-ray.
Amazon UK Links
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: The Full Treatment (1960) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Val Guest
Actor(s): Ronald Lewis, Diane Cilento, Claude Dauphin
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
The Full Treatment is a rather good thriller that oozes style and plenty of tension.