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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.

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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

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Theatrical Release: 8 April 1977 (USA)

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Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner Archive
Region FREE  -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:24 1:34:33.668
Video

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.78 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.40:1 Disc Size: 29,826,657,863 bytes

Feature Size: 27,643,312,128 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate

Bitrate Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono; French Dolby Digital 1.0 mono DTS-HD Master Audio English 1989 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1989 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, none English, 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
Amaray

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Warner
 

2.40:1 Disc Size: 29,826,657,863 bytes

Feature Size: 27,643,312,128 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:35)

Blu-ray Release Date: March
14th, 2017
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Blu-ray Case

Chapters:8

 

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray March 17': Yes, the max'ed out bitrate does improve the visuals from the 2011 SD. It's not the most dynamic of superiorities but it exist and we do get a smidgeon more information in the frame on the sides - advancing to a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. We've seen this before - the Warner DVD was quite adept and they use the same source and the Blu-ray, while advancing, doesn't overwhelm - although looks significantly more film-like.

A DTS-HD Master 2.0 track at 1989 kbps (24-bit) with robo-related effects dominating along with computer speech and a few piercing laser beams. It sounds flat but, the fairly limited, aggression has more depth than simple Dolby. Jerry Fielding's (Scorpio, The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Getaway) score sounds electronically sci-fi and suitable in the lossless. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE playable world-wide.

The only extra is a trailer. For me, both the film, and the Blu-ray underwhelm to a certain extent. Brilliant concept and great casting of Christie. In the past I have been able to really get into Demon Seed, but perhaps my Blu-ray expectations were too lofty. Being bare bone this doesn't embolden appreciation. A commentary, or the like, would have done wonders into envisioning the depth of production. Don't get me wrong - a good science-fiction film - artfully realized by Cammel. It's the best it has looked and sounded for home theatre but where's Tim Lucas when you need him? 

  - Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVD: 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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