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directed by Ken Hughes
UK 1955


When the reading on psychiatrist Allan's electro-encephalograph indicates that amnesiac hospital patient Reed is none other than a dangerous psychopath she'd previously tested, the patient in question kidnaps the doctor and threatens her life - leaving medic husband Barr racing against time to track down the villain's hide-out. Pacy little British B-pic which finds an interesting early techno angle on a pretty familiar storyline.

Excerpt of review from TJ for Time Out located HERE


Theatrical Release: January 1955 (UK)

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:20:15 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Italian titles (part mute) (1:33)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (captionless) (1:32)
• Image Gallery (posters, lobby cards, stills, VHS cover)

DVD Release Date: November 4, 2013

Chapters 12



While the title will make you think of some sort of sci-fi thriller, the film itself has very little to do with science fiction with the titular device only seen in the first 15 minutes and then the film becomes the standard hostage thriller. Maxwell Reed is quite excellent as the hostage taker, a different role from his matinee idol days, and Elizabeth Allan does her best with the thankless role of a lady in distress to keep her character believable and authoritative.


The film comes to DVD in region 2 from Network utilizing StudioCanal transfer. The extra headroom and the title placement indicates this to be an open-matte transfer. The print looks very nice, with no damage and good contrast. The mono audio is fine, with no distortions and the package comes with some nice extras - an image gallery, original theatrical trailer (missing captions) and Italian titles (part mute, but they confirm the film is presented unmatted). An atmospheric thriller with a little of sci-fi that can be easily recommended to any British noir fan.

  - Gregory Meshman


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