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Altered States [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: George Gaynes, Charles Haid, Drew Barrymore, Bob Balaban, Dori Brenner
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Writers: Sidney Aaron
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: July 17 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NQCKL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,731 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Altered States (BD)

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The main problem with this 1980 science fiction drama is that it is oh-so derivative. However, it is classier than your average Wolf Man rip-off, as Ken Russell directed it and the screenplay it is based on the 1978 novel by Paddy Chayefsky. However, Chayefsky so disliked the finished version of the film, with its preposterous ending, that he asked to have his name removed, with the credit for the screenplay attributed to his pseudonym, Sidney Aaron.

William Hurt, in his screen debut, plays the mad scientist who develops a kind of think tank that regresses him to a primal state. In other words, he enters a meek scientist, but emerges a hairy ape. The film's pacing is part of the problem, as it talks us to death in the beginning, than lapses into more typical fare, disregarding the intellectual aspects of the original material. This film marks the screen debut of Drew Barrymore. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lunaticwithalovestory" on June 28 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This originally was one of those "Wow, it's on sale so why not?" deals but I was so surprised to take this home and marvel at the effects and the surprisingly complex plotlines.
I was just speechless afterwards.
Not only did it combine elements of romanticism while also appealing to horror and sci-fi movie fans but the fast pace and the characters are just so out of the ordinary that you can't help but become entranced by them. Just when you think you have the movie figured out, it spins you in the complete opposite direction and then takes you to places you never thought existed.
An especially memorable scene is one of the hallucination scenes in which everyone just turns to sand. Remarkable. I would highly recomend this movie to anyone even slightly interested in things such as philosophy, religion or even just interested in watching a good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Lalonde on Jan. 15 2009
Format: DVD
Altered States is an extremely bizarre movie that should ideally be watched in an altered state. Strange religious and evolutionist imagery, cut scenes that set the standard for this type of movie (i.e. drug/psychedelic film) and occasionally overpowering audio seem to characterize this 1980 film.

Though most people will probably strongly dislike this film, a small minority might greatly value its artistic, ridiculous and surreal feeling. Sometimes, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I recommend this film for anyone that liked Requiem for a Dream, Anarchist's Cookbook, Waking Life, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and similar films.

The plot is a little thin, given the rather repetitive nature of the "experiments", though the concept is certainly interesting and could be adapted for a more contemporary film, given the film's age.

By and large, I recommend this film, though can't guarantee everyone would feel the same way. Ultimately, don't take this film too seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on Dec 28 2003
Format: DVD
Okay I know I am going to get a little more than my fair share of wacking for this but I want to relate my experience of watching this film while smoking a bit of pot the first time and then doing some mushrooms for the second. I have to say the mushrooms where a bit much but this is one of the best movies to watch if you like to vaporize on a bit of pot because this movie is all about ethogens and how mankind has developed through a synthesis of using drugs as part of its cultural evolution. This film is all about the opposite of that as William Hurt plays a doctor researching psychic connections with his own mind's past and he believes that ethogens will help him devolve into a primordial state of awareness in conjunction with using an isolation tank!
THIS FILM BLEW MY MIND!
I highly recommend this movie, bar the last 10 minutes which is just your typical Hollywood control ending to help keep the masses happy, but if you want to see a film that THINKS and has it fair share of trippy moments then this will bend your mind for all that it is worth. If you like cultural films, ethogens and directors that can create some remarkable imagery then this is well worth watching. For the doubters who think that drugs+films have nothing to do with movies then I will only point you in the direction of Kubrick and Clarke with their production of 2001 and the ending that was designed for the 60s trippers and what do you get? Probably one of the best sci-fi movies ever made and an instant classic! So put that in your pipe and smoke it! (wink)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19 2004
Format: DVD
... with a rather interesting, engaging plot and a liberal dash of mysticism. I have to wonder about some of the other reviewers who've commented on this film... they seem to me to be about at the level of the ape-creature halfway through the film. That's not even touching on the great unwashed masses who are unable to comprehend a film like this on *any* level, let alone those people with an ability to write an amazon review (or perhaps spell correctly -- and those who cannot crawl forth from underneath the proverbial rock). At what evolutionary level are they? Whether we ever find out or not, this classic film will continue to engage and entertain those have dared questioned the meaning of existence, asked themselves "who am I?" or pondered anything deeper than a McChicken sandwich or beer & a football game.
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Format: DVD
My mother recommended this film to me and I found it was definitely worth watching at least once. The premise is that a brillant scientist desires to transcend our human limitations and conducts experiements using himself as the subject in isolation chambers. He visits a Spanish speaking tribe who offer him a potent drink that has halluncinatory side effects and it is extremely freaky to see the healthy, tan tribe members turn to ghost white ash when the scientist glances at them under the influence of the drink. The visual assault certainly is stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed explosions of fire, religious scenes, crazy images a wild imagination would reel out. I found it diffuclt to sympathize with the scientist because his desire to pursue his experiments overrides his commitmment to traditional values such as family. He does manage to change into a fierce, primitive creature that reminded me of a cross between a rabid wolf and a prehistoric caveman. The change lasts a short while before he reverts to his human form, however, his skin tends to shudder and undulate helplessly after his first regression and he watches in interest. It's a good movie to see at least once because it explores a realm not dealt with often and the often outright silliness of the film downplays any terror one might be consumed by otherwise.
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