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directed by George Blair
USA 1960


A sulphuric acid facial. A lye cocktail. A close encounter with whirring fan blades. A flammable shampoo and a lit gas burner. Something is driving beautiful women into grotesque acts of self-mutilation – and the police investigation leads to a debonair stage hypnotist and his glamorous assistant, who harbors a deep and deadly secret! Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman) and Jacques Bergerac (Gigi) star in a nerve-frying horror flick that combines quasi-science with beatnik culture and a women-in-peril storyline. An extra for ’50s horror fans: Hypnomagic, a get-’em-into-the-theater gimmick that gives you, the viewer, “the opportunity to cross the dark, mysterious threshold of your own unconscious mind.” Beware!


Theatrical Release: February 27th, 1960

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:18:12

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: October 12th, 2010
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Gotta love a film that ends with the Public Service Announcement (by one of the characters no less)- "Ladies and gentlemen ... a word of warning. Hypnosis, although an important and valuable medical tool, can be extremely dangerous when used by untrained or unscrupulous practitioners. Therefore never allow yourselves to be hypnotized by anyone who is not a medical doctor or recommended to you by a doctor ... Not even in a motion picture theater. Thank You. " The Hypnotic Eye is decent little B-picture. It ends kind of abruptly but has some exploitive make-up stylings to appear as mutilations. Great premise but a couple of scenes seem extended (the Beatnik poetry sequence and the hypnotist entrancing the entire crowd near the end - both seem tacked on.)

It's hard to believe that a single-layered DVD could look this good. The disc is progressive and anamorphic in the 1.78 aspect ratio and contrast and detail are exceptional. This is labeled under the Warner's new "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and the image is very impressive. The disc supports the film with a fine transfer with excellent greyscale.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered and no extras - not even a trailer.

Aside from the strong transfer - the film itself is decent with a few positives going for it. It's probably worth a spin for keeners although the price seems exorbitant for such short, less important, film with no extras. You'd have to be quite interested to indulge.   

  - Gary Tooze



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