Entity

Entity

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Director: Sidney J. Furie

Cast: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa

     
 

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The Entity has finally gotten a proper presentation on video thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment. The sharp video transfer restores the film to its full scope format glory and gives it a detailed transfer that draws out its carefully crafted combination of shadows and vivid lighting. The audio sticks to the film's original Dolby Stereo 2.0 mix, but said mix isSee more details below

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The Entity has finally gotten a proper presentation on video thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment. The sharp video transfer restores the film to its full scope format glory and gives it a detailed transfer that draws out its carefully crafted combination of shadows and vivid lighting. The audio sticks to the film's original Dolby Stereo 2.0 mix, but said mix is pretty potent, especially in its use of effects and Charles Bernstein's pounding score during the shock sequences. In terms of extras, the major attraction is "The Entity Files," a half-hour interview segment with parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff that details the real-life case that inspired The Entity. It's a nice little piece that illustrates the differences between the film and the real story and provides a glimpse into the parapsychologist's take on such events. The disc is rounded out with an extras package that includes a gallery of stills and poster art, the original theatrical trailer, and a DVD-ROM presentation of the film's screenplay. All in all, the strong transfer and the nice extras make this a worthwhile pick for horror fans.

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Editorial Reviews

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This big budget entry from the early '80s horror boom is one of the most underrated of that genre. The Entity succeeds despite potentially exploitative subject matter because it tells its story in a serious, respectful style. Frank de Felitta's script devotes as much time to building three-dimensional characters and detailing the inner workings of psychology and parapsychology as it does creating shocks. As a result, the horrific parts of the tale are more effective because they are couched in a compelling reality. That said, The Entity never feels like anything less than a horror movie, thanks to forceful direction by Sidney J. Furie, who uses moody cinematography from Stephen Burum and an obsessive, minimalist score by Charles Bernstein to create an edgy, off-kilter atmosphere guaranteed to keep the audience tense between the set pieces. Finally, and most importantly, The Entity hooks the viewer thanks to phenomenal performances. Barbara Hershey gives a warm, totally credible performance as a decent, strong woman thrust into a bizarre situation, and Ron Silver adds excellent support as a well-meaning psychologist whose desire to find a rational explanation harms the situation as often as it helps. On the downside, a few of the makeup effects aren't very convincing (especially when compared with strong physical and visual effects) and the open-ended coda might turn off some viewers, but the overall craftsmanship of the film is too strong to be denied. In short, The Entity is worthy of rediscovery by horror fans who want a little substance with their shocks.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
UPC:
0013131295597
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; The Entity Files - an all-new documentary, directed by Perry Martin, about the true-life Entity case, featuring parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff; Theatrical trailer; Poster and still gallery; DVD-ROM: original screenplay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Hershey Carla Moran
Ron Silver Phil Schneidermann
David Labiosa Billy
George Coe Dr. Weber
Margaret Blye Cindy Nash
Jacqueline Brookes Dr. Cooley
Richard Brestoff Gene Kraft
Michael Alldredge George Nash
Sully Boyar Mr. Reisz
John Branagan Student
Melanie Gaffin Kim
Chris Howell Guard
Amy Kirkpatrick Student
Curt Lowens Dr. Wilkes
Allan Rich Dr. Walcott
Alex Rocco Jerry Anderson
Natasha Ryan Julie
Raymond Singer Joe Mehan
Tom Stern Woody Browne
Paula Victor Dr. Chevalier
Lee Wilkof Dr. L. Hase
Mark Weiner Intern

Technical Credits
Sidney J. Furie Director
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Frank de Felitta Screenwriter
Michael Leone Executive Producer
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Executive Producer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Harold Schneider Producer
Frank J. Urioste Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Another Long Day (Main Titles) [5:11]
2. Invisible Intruder [7:32]
3. Friendly Advice [6:08]
4. Aftermath [4:56]
5. Not Alone? [4:13]
6. Driven to Madness [4:29]
7. Bath Attack [5:48]
8. The Evidence [3:41]
9. House Visit [9:47]
10. The Trouble With Carla [4:16]
11. Pillow Talk [5:46]
12. Submission [7:07]
13. Witness [4:51]
14. Psychology vs. Parapsychology [12:26]
15. "Show Yourself!" [4:40]
16. Homecoming [6:42]
17. The Glass House [7:38]
18. No More Psychology [5:16]
19. The Entity [11:52]
20. End Credits [2:28]

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