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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

The Entity [Blu-ray]

 

(Sidney J. Furie, 1982)

 

Also available in the UK, on Blu-ray from Eureka in a LE Steelbook:

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox

Video: Anchor Bay Entertainment / Eureka (UK) / Shout! Factory

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' / Region 'B' / Region 'A'

Runtime: 2:05:10.503 / 2:05:08.501 / 2:05:08.542

Disc Size: 24,796,665,888 bytes / 37,392,293,893 bytes / 48,601,951,760 bytes

Feature Size: 24,746,078,208 bytes / 36,585,234,432 bytes / 40,089,556,992 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps / 34.99 Mbps / 33.00 Mbps

Chapters: 13 / 13 / 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Transparent case / Standard Case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: July 3rd, 2012 / May 15th, 2017 / June 11th, 2019

 

Video (all three):

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)

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2030 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2030 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1602 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1602 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2454 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2454 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2846 kbps 4.1 / 48 kHz / 2846 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 4.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

Subtitles (all three):

English (SDH), None

 

Extras:

• None

 

Trailer (1:22)

 

NEW Inner Strength – An Interview With Actress Barbara Hershey (19:29)
NEW Seeing Is Believing – An Interview With Actor David Labiosa (13:31)
NEW High Dread – An Interview With Composer Charles Bernstein (16:59)
NEW Spirits & Sprocket Holes – An Interview With Editor Frank J. Urioste (12:08)
NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer (Sidney J. Furie: Life And Films)
Trailers From Hell – The Entity With Audio Commentary By Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria - 2018 - 2:19)
The Entity Files Featurette (27:30)
Original Theatrical Trailer (1:23)
Original TV Spots (0:59)
Original Radio Spots (1:02)
Still Gallery (2:08)

 

Bitrate:

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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.

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Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother who, one terrible night is raped in her bedroom by someone or something that she cannot see. Met with sceptical 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. Eureka Entertainment is proud to present this ground-breaking horror on Blu-ray.

 

 

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.

 

The Eureka transfer is more technically robust and a shade brighter. It's hard to know what is more theatrically correct but I appreciated the consistent UK 1080P. It is still thick but we get a bit more detail in the lighter visuals where flesh tone cool moderately.

 

Shout! Factory have produced a Special Edition Blu-ray of The Entity. It also has a strong transfer with a very high bitrate. It is housed on a dual-layered disc. The image is a bit darker - and after much deliberation, I think this may suit the film better. Skin tones also warm and the HD presentation is a strong one - looking consistent and clean.  

 

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1) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Anchor Bay - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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'.

 

 Eureka's DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround with some effects separating to the rear speakers. It's only 16-bit to the Fox 24-bit. Both offer English subtitles.

 

For the audio Shout! Factory supply three lossless options (all 24-bit) - a 2.0 channel stereo (utilized with 35mm theatrical prints), a 5.1 surround (6 track used for 70mm blow-ups) and a separate 4.1 DTS-HD Master option. Despite the multiple options, the 24-bit status carries weight and the respective separations help the viewing experience. The, unforgettably, rhythmic pounding score by Charles Bernstein (Invasion of the Bee Girls, White Lightning, Stoney, Cujo, Deadly Friend, Mr. Majestyk) sounds very deep and scary. There are, also, optional English subtitles available on the Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.    

 

Extras :

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

 

Only a trailer on the Eureka - which is actually more than the Twentieth Century Fox.

 

Shout! Factory supply a new commentary with author/silmmaker Daniel Kremer (Sidney J. Furie: Life And Films) and he references the Toronto-born director's other films (The Ipcress File, Hit!, The Appaloosa etc.) and his distinguished career that has spanned more than five decades. It's excellent with plenty of great anecdotes, the director's radical style and more but not much on The Entity. There are also four new interviews; Inner Strength with Barbara Hershey for 20-minutes who considered the film a character piece, 13-minutes with actor David Labiosa (who played her son, Billy, in the film), over a 1/4 hour with composer Charles Bernstein and a dozen minutes with editor Frank J. Urioste. They all discuss the production and their respective contributions. There is a 2018 Trailers From HellThe Entity episode with Luca Guadagnino, a vintage featurette; The Entity Files that runs 1/2 hour plus trailers, TV and Radio Spots as well as an extensive stills gallery.

 

 

Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

 

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.

 

Still a very good horror, with a strong premise, which you buy into because of Hershey and Silver. The filmmakers don't succumb to eroticizing the rapes - which remain creepy. I really enjoyed seeing it again (probably a 4th or 5th time). The Eureka is recommended to Region 'B'ers.  

 

The Entity is masterfully realized and remains impacting through years of multiple viewings. The Shout! Factory edition vault ahead in every category to make this the definitive Blu-ray version to own. I enjoyed the edifying commentary and new interviews. Really - a strong recommendation!    

Gary Tooze

July 31st, 2012

April 11th, 2017

June 13th, 2019

 

Also available in the UK, on Blu-ray from Eureka in a LE Steelbook:

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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD Player
Momitsu - BDP-899 Region FREE Blu-ray player
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