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Directed by Alan Cooke
UK 1970

 

Based on a best-selling novel by Charles Eric Maine, Amicus Productions’ The Mind of Mr. Soames is a contemporary reworking of the Frankenstein story. Terence Stamp (The Collector, Far from the Madding Crowd) is a young man left comatose from birth, who is awakened live on TV into a world he can’t comprehend, and exploited as a living curiosity.

Remarkably prescient in its depiction of reality television and media turpitude, the film also boasts a superb supporting cast, including Robert Vaughn, Nigel Davenport, Christian Roberts, Donal Donnelly and Vickery Turner, and features luminous cinematography by the great Billy Williams (Women in Love, The Wind and the Lion, Gandhi)

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In this sci-fi thriller, John Soames (Terence Stamp) -- a man locked, since birth, in a 30-year coma -- has a groundbreaking cure when Dr. Bergen (Robert Vaughn) gives him a brain transplant. The problem is that the brain comes from a baby, and when Soames comes back to the waking world, he assumes the mental state of a young child. The journey, documented by a television crew, backfires when Dr. Bergan attempts to speed up his rate of maturation, resulting in an explosive climax…

 

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Theatrical Release: July 1970 (Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival)

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:36:27.323
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,725,072,188 bytes

Feature: 28,441,482,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,725,072,188 bytes

Feature: 28,441,482,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television, and Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897–2015
• The Mind of Mr Stamp (2018, 18:43 mins): new and exclusive interview with Terence Stamp in which he discusses his early career and the time he spent away from acting
• Memories of Mr Soames (2018, 04:50 mins): actor Christian Roberts, cinematographer Billy Williams, researcher John Comfort, and sound mixer John Aldred recall their experience of working on the film
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, contemporary interviews with Stamp, Nigel Davenport and Robert Vaughn, profiles of cinematographer Billy Williams and writer David McIlwain, contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray
Release Date: September 24th, 2018
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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (September 2018) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray: Indicator provide a HD remaster of "The Mind of Mr. Soames" on a dual-layered Blu-ray. The 1.85:1 image has a maxed-out bitrate. The image here is not quite as impressive as some of Indicator's previous work, though this is probably due to the condition of the source material. Certain shots can look a little blurry and the color palette seems very muted (even if a choice made by the filmmakers themselves). That said, the contrast levels are very nice, with certain nighttime shots looking very clear and detailed. There is heavy grain throughout the film, except for a few shots that look very smooth and less-detailed. Not a stellar transfer by Indicator standards, but a decent one.

Indicator provide the film in its original 1.0 mono, on a 24-bit linear PCM track. The music by Michael Dress (The House That Dripped Blood) sounds great here. The orchestrations include somewhat child-like instruments, and the score seems to evolve like Soames himself. There are optional English subtitles on this Region Free
Blu-ray.

Indicator has provided some very valuable extras in this Blu-ray release. First off is a commentary track with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television, and Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897–2015. The two have a great rapport and are very well informed on British sci-fi / horror of the era. Their almost encyclopedic knowledge of such genre fair doesn't come off as dry at all, in fact, the track is quite lively. "The Mind of Mr. Stamp" is a new 19-minute interview with Terence Stamp in which he discusses his early career and the time he spent away from acting. "Memories of Mr Soames" is a 5-minute interview with actor Christian Roberts, cinematographer Billy Williams, researcher John Comfort, and sound mixer John Aldred recalling their experience of working on the film. Also included here is the film's original theatrical trailer, an image gallery, and the first 3,000 copies feature an exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, contemporary interviews with Stamp, Nigel Davenport and Robert Vaughn, profiles of cinematographer Billy Williams and writer David McIlwain, contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Indicator have released the often overlooked Amicus production of "The Mind of Mr. Soames" and it is quite a nice package. Though the visuals can look a little rough, the film and its extras are quite nice to have on
Blu-ray. Would recommend to fans of the book

Colin Zavitz

 


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