The Entity

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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 ...
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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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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • UPC: 013131295597
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      The Entity Files
      Trailer
      Poster & Still Gallery
      Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
   Play
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    A Bad Dream?

    This is the fictionalized version of the true life accounts of Carlotta Moran (played by Barbara Hershey - ''The Right Stuff'', ''The Natural'', ''Hoosiers'' & ''Beaches'') which took place in Los Angeles in October of 1976 and since. She is terrorized by an unseen entity or poltergeist in the worst possible ways imaginable, as it repeatedly rapes her, breaks her sons right arm, and takes her for a hellish joyride in her car. Later she feels that there are actually 3 of these poltergeists (2 to help and assist the first one by holding her down while it rapes her). With bruises and her children's eyewitness accounts, she goes to get help from a recommended psychiatrist, Phil Schneidermann (played by Ron Silver - ''Silkwood'', ''Reversal Of Fortune'', ''Blue Steel'' & ''TimeCop''). He is convinced that this is all ''in her head'' and are manifestations of self-inflicted harm stemming from her abnormal childhood. Everytime that she follows his advice however, the attacks become worse...and she is forced to accept that these attacks are indeed real, and not a part of her own psyche. She turns to doctors that deal in the paranormal as they are soon embroiled in her tortuous life at home. They are convinced that she is telling the truth after a couple of incidents that they themselves have now witnessed, and agree to try to entrap this entity by freezing it. The attempt fails...and Carla is now left with no real answers. Just the realization that this will never end. Carla (who must now be in her 60's or even 70's today) has moved at least 5 times since the original incidents and still reports attacks, though they have lessened in frequency and intensity. Apparently there was a real-life photo taken of Carlotta Moran that was published in the magazine ''Popular Photography'' to help substantiate her story, that shows the entity in arcs of light above her head. I have searched the web over and have not seen this photo. The movie is very well filmed, and though it is not a scary movie as most scary movies go, it is frightening to think that perhaps this really did happen, or could still. I recommend this movie. And it deserves its place in the Horror genre.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

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    Don't know why people are busy giving this movie 2 and 3 stars,

    Don't know why people are busy giving this movie 2 and 3 stars, this was an exceptional horror movie and one I'm proud to have in my collection. For a very long time this movie was OOP and selling for ridiculous amounts of money, people went far and wide to own it. Now that it's been re-released, people want to give it 2 or 3 stars? I don't get it. I find this movie as entertaining today as it was when it was initially released. This is what horror is all about, not the torture porn they keep pumping out in its place.

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    Posted August 1, 2013

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