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Directed by Paul Golding
USA 1988

 

In today's world of modern conveniences, everything we rely on is run by electricity. But what happens if the power we take for granted turns against us? Old man Holger knows. He claims electricity is a living presence, whose voice can only be silenced by getting rid of anything that can hear it. Bill Rockland (Cliff De Young; Shock Treatment, Flight of the Navigator) however, refuses to believe him. It must have been an accident when an electric spark ruptured the gas pipe that nearly killed Bill's son (Joey Lawrence). And it s surely a coincidence when his wife (Roxanne Hart) is severely scalded by their electric water heater. But when his own power tools attack him and an electrical fire turns their home into a blazing inferno, Bill realises Holger may have been right after all, and perhaps the time has come to finally pull the plug!

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An intelligent pulse of electricity is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances, either killing them or causing them to wreck the house in an effort to destroy it. Then it travels along the power lines to the next house, and the terror restarts. Having thus wrecked one household in a quiet neighbourhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy's divorced father whom he is visiting. It gradually takes control of everything, badly injures the stepmother, and traps father and son, who must fight their way out.

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Theatrical Release: March 1988

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Review: Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:00.288        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,906,450,594 bytes

Feature: 34,906,450,594 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.51 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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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,906,450,594 bytes

Feature: 34,906,450,594 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.51 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Brand new audio commentary by author and film historian Amanda Reyes
Tuning in to Tech Horror video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin (14:01)
Trailer (0:55)
PLUS: A Limited Edition collector s booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar and author Craig Ian Mann; and an article on the film by filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano (Dark Phases) [2000 copies]

Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 Copies Only)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 22nd, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase (see below)

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

ADDITION: Eureka Blu-ray (February 2021): Eureka have transferred Paul Golding's 1988 film Pulse to Blu-ray. It's on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and looks excellent in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio showcasing bright visuals, true colors exporting depth and solid contrast. There is consistent grain spread evenly throughout the HD presentation. I haven't seen the Sony Blu-ray from 2017 but I would be surprised if it looks this strong.

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On their Blu-ray, Eureka use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. There are plenty of 'electrical' effects - zapping circuits, popping condensers and a raging fire or two. They come through fairly impressively with punchy depth. There is a score credited to Jay Ferguson (Bad Dreams) lifting the mystery-infused tension and heightening the serenity of suburbia. All good. Eureka offer optional English (SDH) subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Eureka Blu-ray offers a new audio commentary by Amanda Reyes (author of Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999). I like her unabashed enthusiasm for this genre - 80's films - as she discusses the Suburban Gothic (reading from B. Murphy's The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture), Rosenheim Poltergeist, the subtext she finds in Pulse, family drama, Roxanne Hart (who I remember from The Verdict), DoP Peter Lyons Collister, she discusses how there are a fair number of musicians in the film... and, although she tends to dig unnecessarily deep at times, it is still enjoyable as she makes excellent analysis and salient observations about the film. She clearly knows and loves the topics. There is also an excellent video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin entitled Tuning in to Tech Horror, where he makes many references to other similar genre films - the threat of machinery, appliances, computers and innocuous and everyday manmade technological advancements as film plots. There is also a trailer and the package has a limited edition collector's booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar and author Craig Ian Mann; and an article on the film by filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano (Dark Phases). It offers a O-card Slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 copies only). 

As I watched Pulse I began to realize how much I was enjoying it. This is a far better film than I was anticipating. It stands above much of the 80's schlock that it would invariably become associated with. I was impressed and enjoyed the Amanda Reyes commentary and Lee Gambin video essay. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and we endorse the Eureka Blu-ray as a desirable package. You may wish to give this one a chance and be pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of the film.

Gary Tooze

 


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