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Directed by Basil Dearden
UK 1963

 

When the Dark Side of the Mind Is Opened, Can It Ever Be Closed Again?

 

A government scientist commits suicide while clutching a briefcase full of cash, and the police accuse him of being a Communist spy. But when his friend Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde, Accident, Modesty Blaise) suspects that the death may have been the result of brainwashing, he decides to prove his theory by subjecting himself to sensory deprivation. Can the doctor resist the experiment’s sadistic side effects or will he fall under the control of The Mind Benders? Mary Urea (Where Eagles Dare) and Wendy Craig (The Servant) co-star this classic 1963 sci-fi thriller directed by Basil Deaden (Dead of Night, The Man Who Haunted Himself) that went on to influence Ken Russell’s mind-bending Altered States. Written by James Kenna way (Tunes of Glory) and beautifully shot by Denys N. Coop (Billy Liar) with a rousing score by Georges Auric (The Wages of Fear).

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A scientist's attempts to clear the name of a friend nearly destroy his life in this intelligent science fiction drama. Prof. Sharpley (Harold Goldblatt) is a research scientist from Oxford University working with the British government on experiments in sensory deprivation. One day, Sharpley suddenly and shockingly commits suicide by throwing himself under an oncoming train while holding a briefcase stuffed with cash. While investigating the death, the police present the theory that Sharpley was a double agent, perhaps allied with the Communists, and that the death was the final result of his shame over betraying Great Britain. However, Sharpley's friend and associate Dr. Henry Longman (Dirk Bogarde) strongly disagrees, and he speculates that Sharpley's death had something to do with his research. James Kennaway adapted the screenplay from his own novel.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 13th, 1963

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:06.182        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,082,326,139 bytes

Feature: 31,936,776,192 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,082,326,139 bytes

Feature: 31,936,776,192 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
Theatrical Trailer (1:03)
Reversible Art


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 15th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (September 2019): Kino have transferred Basil Dearden's The Mind Benders to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and is described as being from a "Brand New 4K Master". The image quality is very strong - excellent contrast, rich deep black levels, depth, detail and modest grain. There are some marks and a few light scratches but they appear infrequently. Overall - it looks seamless in-motion.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. There are effects (train, underwater etc.) that seem well supported by the lossless track. The score is by Georges Auric (The Lavender Hill Mob, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, It Always Rains on Sunday, Dead of Night, The Innocents, Lola Montes, Rififi, Wages of Fear), sounding mysterious and atmospheric. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Kino add an audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson who cover a lot and explain some of the film's plot details that helped me understand it better. There is discussion of domestic issues, sadistic, darkness, evil and the presumed infusion of deeper darker facets for commercial purposes. It's not quite a science-fiction film but has some fascinating 'McGuffin' ellipses. There is also a theatrical trailer and the package has reversible art.

The Mind Benders is a highly interesting film. It is pieced together effectively by Basil Dearden - measured while maintaining a thriller-edge. I was very appreciative of the commentary and I'm very glad to have seen this mysterious film. I think the Blu-ray has plenty of value for adventurous film fans.  

Gary Tooze

 


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