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directed by Brian De Palma
USA 197
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Brian De Palma returns to the mind-blowing potential of telekinesis in the follow-up to his 1976 horror hit Carrie. While vacationing with his psychic son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), and close associate Childress (John Cassavetes), government agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) survives a terrorist attack, only to discover that it was staged by Childress so he could kidnap Robin for his own nefarious purposes. With the assistance of another psychic (William Finley) and Hester (Carrie Snodgress), an employee at the Paragon Institute for Psychic Research, Peter discovers a telekinetic Chicago high-school girl named Gillian (Amy Irving), who may be able to help him find Robin. Even though they have never met, Gillian can see Robin's memories and experiences telepathically, and she knows that he is in trouble. But Childress knows all about Gillian, too, and he is not about to let Peter's paternal quest get in the way of his plans for harnessing their psychic power.

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Theatrical Release: March 10th 1978 (USA)

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Comparison:

Twentieth Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

1) Twentieth Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

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

3) Carlotta - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Twentieth Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow Video
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Carlotta
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:57:48 1:57:57.445  1:57:55.109
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.19 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,955,878,045 bytes

Feature: 37,623,776,832 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,153,096,395 bytes

Feature: 34,211,936,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.54 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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Twentieth Century Fox

 

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Arrow Blu-ray

 

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Carlotta Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 4.0; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1926 kbps 4.0 / 48 kHz / 1926 kbps / 16-bit (DTS
Core: 4.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Isolated John Williams score: LPCM Audio Undetermined 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2814 kbps 4.0 / 48 kHz / 2814 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 4.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1084 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1084 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1050 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1050 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, none English SDH, none French, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 02:59)
• Still Gallery
• Trailers for 'Alien', 'The Fly '86', 'The Fly '58', 'Lake Placid', and 'The Omen'

DVD Release Date: September 4th, 2004
Amaray

Chapters 20

 
 

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,955,878,045 bytes

Feature: 37,623,776,832 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Blood on the Lens: An interview with Cinematographer Richard H. Kline (27:00)
• Spinning Tales: Fiona Lewis on starring in The Fury (13:38)
• The Fury - a Location Journal An interview with Sam Irvin Jr., intern on The Fury, author of the film s shooting diary and then correspondent for Cinefantastique magazine (49:49)
• Original archive interviews from the 1978 promotional tour, featuring Brian De Palma (6:03), producer Frank Yablans (6:52) and stars Carrie Snodgress (5:06) and Amy Irving (4:45)
• Double Negative A short film tribute to De Palma by Sam Irvin, starring William Finley (17:58)
• Gallery of behind-the-scenes production images

• Isolated John Williams Score
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
• Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible, as well as a re-print of a contemporary interview with Brian De Palma, and a brand new interview with screenwriter John Farris on the writing of the film, his and De Palma’s unrealised adaptation of Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man and more, illustrated with original stills and posters.

Blu-ray Release Date: October 28th, 2013
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Carlotta

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,153,096,395 bytes

Feature: 34,211,936,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Samuel Blumfeld (7:35 in French)
• Blood on the Lens: An interview with Cinematographer Richard H. Kline (25:54 in 1080i)
• Spinning Tales: Fiona Lewis on starring in The Fury (13:05)
• The Fury - a Location Journal An interview with Sam Irvin Jr., intern on The Fury, author of the film s shooting diary and then correspondent for Cinefantastique magazine (47:47)

• Original archive interviews from the 1978 promotional tour, featuring Brian De Palma (6:49), producer Frank Yablans (7:22) and stars Carrie Snodgress (5:32) and Amy Irving (5:08)
• Double Negative A short film tribute to De Palma by Sam Irvin, starring William Finley (16:09)

• Trailer (3:02 in 1080P)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 8th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 23

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Carlotta Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (December 2013): Carlotta has come out with a 'French-friendly' package - quite comparable to the impressive Arrow release. Technically it is very close and we've compared 7 captures below. It looks quite strong - slightly brighter than the Arrow Blu-ray and losing a sliver of information but a great 1080P presentation nonetheless. Visually it shares most of the positive attributes of the dual-layered UK edition.

4.0 channel audio is likewise comparable - my ears couldn't distinguish a difference but we lose the isolated Williams score but adds an optional French DUB. There are optional French subtitles - and they are optional despite the restriction of the menu - they can be removed with the remote's 'subtitle button'. It is Region 'B'-locked.

The Carlotta has almost all of the wonderful extras of the Arrow (augmenting with French subtitles), adding a 7-minute introduction by film journalist Samuel Blumfeld (In French). Included in 1080i, and also on the Arrow, are the Blood on the Lens interview with Cinematographer Richard H. Kline, Spinning Tales - 13-minutes of Fiona Lewis on starring in The Fury, the Location Journal interview with Sam Irvin Jr., the four archive interviews and the 16-minute film tribute to De Palma by Sam Irvin, starring William Finley entitled Double Negative. There is also a trailer. Stacked and excellent value. French viewers should be appreciative that Carlotta has produced such a strong Blu-ray release!

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ADDITION: Arrow Video - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (October 2013): Firstly, there is a region 'A' Blu-ray from Twilight Time HERE but it is already OOP (out-of-print) and fetching big bucks. From my past experience I would suspect that this Arrow Blu-ray package both has a more robust transfer and significantly more supplements. Image and Audio advance in all the expected area over the2004 SD. The UK 1080P shows more information in the frame (generally the left edge) and colors advance with cool skin tones getting cooler and (intentionally) warm ones - get warmer. This is a dual-layered transfer with a solid bitrate. Although I found a few of the effects became transparent with the high resolution - it wasn't displeasing. There is no noise or artefacts and grain is more prevalent. The stolid, and surprising, John Williams score benefits from the DTS-HD track in 4.0 channel and lossless original mono (as well as the composer isolated score as a choice) and there are optional English subtitles (see sample below). 

With the Fox DVD having nothing more than a trailer and Stills Gallery the Arrow easily trounces it with a few of Robert Fischer's Fiction Factory documentaries. Blood on the Lens is a 27-minute interview with cinematographer Richard H. Kline who recalls working on The Fury. Spinning Tales spends 13.5 minutes with Fiona Lewis (Dr. Susan Charles in the film) one of the stars of The Fury. The Fury - a Location Journal is a 50-minute interview with Sam Irvin Jr., intern on The Fury, author of the film's shooting diary and then correspondent for Cinefantastique magazine. He provides a lot of information. We get four old archive interviews from the 1978 promotional tour, featuring Brian De Palma (6:03), producer Frank Yablans (6:52) and stars Carrie Snodgress (5:06) and Amy Irving (4:45). Double Negative is an 18-minute short crime-related film tribute to De Palma by Sam Irvin in 1985, starring William Finley. There are also Galleries of behind-the-scenes production images and a trailer. The package contains a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw and the transparent keep case has a booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Dumas, author of Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible, as well as a re-print of a contemporary interview with Brian De Palma, and a brand new interview with screenwriter John Farris on the writing of the film, his and De Palma’s unrealised adaptation of Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man and more, illustrated with original stills and posters.

This is quite the ride and De Palma proves his lauded reputation as a master of the genre. The Fury should fit the bill nicely for his fan-base and the Arrow Blu-ray provides ample extras and a very beneficial a/v presentation. They have done it again!

Gary Tooze

 


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

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

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

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Distribution

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Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow Video
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Carlotta
Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 




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