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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

The Entity [Blu-ray]

 

(Sidney J. Furie, 1982)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox

Video: Anchor Bay Entertainment

 

Disc:

Region: 'A'

Runtime: 2:05:10.503

Disc Size: 24,796,665,888 bytes

Feature Size: 24,746,078,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Chapters: 13

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 3rd, 2012

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3099 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3099 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), None

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Oscar-nominee Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, Insidious) stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone -- or something -- that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific? Now with a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce, trap and ultimately capture the depraved spectral fury that is THE ENTITY. Ron Silver (Reversal of Fortune, Ali) co-stars in this supernatural shocker directed by Sidney J. Furie (Iron Eagle, The Ipcress File) from a screenplay by Frank De Felitta (Audrey Rose), based on his bestselling novel.

 

 

The Film:

Perhaps any movie with such a wretched central idea (woman sexually assaulted by an invisible demon), supposedly based on fact or not, deserved the feminist picket-line which attended its West End screening. But for reasons that may be fortuitous, The Entity doesn't emerge quite as one-dimensionally nasty as its synopsis suggests. The film's men are so uniformly creepy, and its heroine so strong and sympathetic, that apart from a couple of unpleasant moments the story often seems less like horror than feminist parable, especially when Hershey (giving a fine performance) is reduced to a laboratory object with her home recreated in the psychology department. None of this may be intended, of course, but it goes to show that commercial movies sometimes hit spots that more intentionally didactic efforts can't reach.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

Before Poltergeist or Ghostbusters came this based-on-a-true story horror pic about a single mother (Barbara Hershey) who is repeatedly raped and psychologically tormented by an unseen demon. A psychiatrist (Ron Silver) tries to persuade her that it's all in her head, but we in the audience know better. Though reviled upon its original release, The Entity is in hindsight quite interesting, especially for the way it doesn't wear it's based-on-a-true story claim on its sleeve.

Excerpt from Combustible Celluloid located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Entity has a surprisingly decent Blu-ray transfer from Anchor Bay. This is only single-layered but the bare-bones disc has a very high bitrate. The black levels are stable and detail is acceptable - if not stellar. The film's effects are generally poor and don't greatly benefit from the 1080P bump but the rape sequences are well-staged with deserved mention of Hershey's fine performance. Detail can be quite good in close-ups and depth surfaces here and there. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over SD and is clean and consistent. My suspicions are this is the best The Entity will look for your Home Theater presentations.

 

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Audio :

Ohh yeah - the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround at 3099 kbps has some deep aggression - especially notable in the rhythmic pounding pulsations during Hershey's 'violations'. There is some subtlety too - although the mix relies heavily on the jumps and punches of the score - not the range. I'd say it is a fairly one-dimensional track that still benefits from the lossless transfer. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being region 'A'.

 

Extras :

No supplements - nor even menus! A true 'bare-bones' disc.

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I've always thought this is an extremely well done horror/thriller. Kudos to Hershey who has a strong presence and the film is well supported by the rest of the cast including Silver as the myopic science-leaning academic. The heinous rapes are cold - neither overly exploited nor eroticized. I think this Blu-ray has good value for the price offered. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it after so many years. 

Gary Tooze

July 31st, 2012

 


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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