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(aka "Psyko-Killer" )

 

directed by Byron Haskin
USA 1968

 

Who has The Power? The Power to control minds, move objects, and murder by telekinesis? That’s what scientists at a space lab want to know when they realize they are targeted by one of their own – someone who possesses a superhuman power and a terrifying secret agenda. Producer George Pal brings the imagination and craft that turned his The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine into sci fi-classics to this eerie tale heightened by a suspenseful Miklos Rozsa score. The fine cast, led by George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette, includes two talents forever emblematic of paranoid post-war sci-fi/creature features: Michael Rennie (The Day the Earth Stood Still) and Richard Carlson (Creature from the Black Lagoon).

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Theatrical Release: February 21st, 1968

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

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:20
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 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.

Bitrate

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

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 2010
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Comments

Having recently re-watched Byron Haskin's Robinson Crusoe on Mars - and while totally different films - there was a kind of signature similarity that gave me a kind of déjà vu.  The Power is odd - almost surreal at times, unusually paced and floating in unexpected directions. But there is always a kind of undercurrent of thoughtful, brooding science fiction surrounding it. It lends a mysterious aura to the film experience.

It's a typical Warner single-layered, progressive, anamorphic and bare-bones package. There are a few scenes with light scratch damage but otherwise it is quite clean. Colors, contrast and detail are decent - maybe even slightly better than I would have anticipated. The image is SD-flat but consistent and gave me an enjoyable presentation.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable. There are a few louder effects noises that come through okay on the Dolby track. Standard - no subtitles offered and no supplements either.

I've always been keen to see The Power - partly because of my past adolescent crush on Miss Pleshette. It's a pretty weird film but it grows on you when you think about it after - and now I want to see it again. Having any pre-conceived notions about The Power  would probably be a mistake - it would be better to just watch it cold if you are keen to give it a chance.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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