Always a huge Perry fan, and would love to see their magnificent 1969 film re-constructed to its original uncut version.

Diary is a wonderful acting turn by Carrie Snodgress, and a lovely blu-ray from Kino.

A bit of minus density, that’s never a problem (want to see problem, check out the Ladybug trailer), and actually makes the presentation fully film-like, along with a velvety texture of film grain.

For those who may have not yet discovered this little gem, now’s your chance.

Image – 4.5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH

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I think the original running time was 104 minutes and then released on VHS tape at 100 minutes? The Blu-ray is at 95 minutes and i like the film and the first time i saw it was on my local PBS station in the late 1970's.
 

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I saw this theatrically and do not remember what the running time was. I found it interesting, but not personally compelling. Might rent it just to see if I like it better. Other Frank(and sometimes Eleanor) Perry films are much more memorable for me (THE SWIMMER, LADYBUG LADYBUG, DAVID AND LISA). I think this was the first film I ever saw with Frank Langella in it.
 

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I saw this theatrically and do not remember what the running time was. I found it interesting, but not personally compelling. Might rent it just to see if I like it better. Other Frank(and sometimes Eleanor) Perry films are much more memorable for me (THE SWIMMER, LADYBUG LADYBUG, DAVID AND LISA). I think this was the first film I ever saw with Frank Langella in it.
Last Summer.
 

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Frank Perry was a small part of one of the documentaries on one of the Essential Fellini discs (La Strada I think). He, along with Fellini and another director are asked the same question in Italian and English. Perry answers in Italian :D.!

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I find it fascinating that Frank Perry directed such good films like Diary of a Mad Housewife and Last Summer, then went on to do the camp-fest mess of Mommie Dearest.
 

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I saw this theatrically and do not remember what the running time was. I found it interesting, but not personally compelling. Might rent it just to see if I like it better. Other Frank(and sometimes Eleanor) Perry films are much more memorable for me (THE SWIMMER, LADYBUG LADYBUG, DAVID AND LISA). I think this was the first film I ever saw with Frank Langella in it.
You don’t find Mommie Dearest “memorable”?
 

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I find it fascinating that Frank Perry directed such good films like Diary of a Mad Housewife and Last Summer, then went on to do the camp-fest mess of Mommie Dearest.
Which is run 24 hours back to back now every Mother’s Day like a Christmas Story today!
For some it’s a “mess”.
To others it’s filet mignon.
 

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The Kino blu ray was a Day 1 for me. The grain is very present and it's clear no DNR was used, which I respect. That having been said, I think I prefer the HD version that appeared for streaming earlier in the year; it looks as sharp as the blu ray but the grain isn't as noticeable. I also enjoyed the commentary track on the disc (though I wish it had included some of the films participants...the few still surviving, anyway). I was also hoping (but not expecting) the deleted footage to appear on the disc, but I'm happy just to finally have this excellent film available in my library (plus I have a nice fan edit that incorporates the 1080p with the best available TV footage for a long version that clocks in at 120 minutes).
 

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I watched “Last Summer” on YouTube. Curious as to what the difference would be between the uncut and cut version? It was a very powerful film and it’s a shame Catherine Burns didn’t win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, she is amazing.
Will definitely pickup “Housewife” based off of what everyone is saying.
 

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I watched “Last Summer” on YouTube. Curious as to what the difference would be between the uncut and cut version? It was a very powerful film and it’s a shame Catherine Burns didn’t win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, she is amazing.
Will definitely pickup “Housewife” based off of what everyone is saying.
As I recall, there are three versions.
 

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Was 12 Chairs released after Diary? That was the first Langella film I saw. I would be curious to see the dates of those reviews in the NY Times.

I thought that Last Summer exists perhaps complete(which got it an X rating) on 1 16mm print.
 

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Was 12 Chairs released after Diary? That was the first Langella film I saw. I would be curious to see the dates of those reviews in the NY Times.

According to WikiPedia

DoaMH was released August 10, 1970
T12C was released October 28, 1970