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(aka "Proteus Generation" )


directed by Donald Cammel
USA 1977


Susan Harris is alone in the house when, suddenly, doors lock, windows slam shut and the phone stops working. Susan is trapped by an intruder - but this is no ordinary thug. Instead, the intruder is a computer named Proteus, an artificial brain that has learned to reason. And to terrorize.


Dr. Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver, JAWS OF SATAN) has created Proteus - an artificial intelligence super computer with the power of thought - in order to find rapid solutions for medical and environmental problems. He has plenty of time to work with Proteus since he has separated from his wife Susan (Julie Christie, DON'T LOOK NOW), a child psychologist whose humanist world view clashes with her husband's.

Cammel took over the project from Brian DePalma (THE FURY.) The late Cammel had the extreme misfortune of having every feature film he shot tampered with by the studios and/or the censors - other than WHITE OF THE EYE which received minimal MPAA cuts but went direct to video because of Cannon's bankruptcy - from PERFORMANCE (co-directed with Nicolas Roeg) all the way up to direct-to-video WILD SIDE (the director's cut of which had to be reconstructed since distributor Nu Image did not preserve it after creating their theatrical version).

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 8 April 1977 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Burn-On-Demand) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Runtime 1:34:24

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.78 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 English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono; French Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:29)

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2011

Chapters 24



Warner's single-layer, progressive, anamorphic burn-on-demand disc is different from other "Warner Archive" releases in that it has a non-generic menu, trailer, multiple audio and subtitle options, and non-generic disc art.

A quick check of Warner's discontinued 2005 Region 1 pressed DVD release (HERE) reveals that the Archive edition is an 1:1 copy of the previous edition (same menus, same bitrate, same VOB file size, same extras); as such, there is nothing new here for owners of the previous disc, and purchasers of the burn-on-demand disc are also missing nothing (other than a higher quality pressing).

  - Eric Cotenas


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