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Demon Seed


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  • Actors: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger, Lisa Lu
  • Directors: Donald Cammell
  • Writers: Dean R. Koontz, Robert Jaffe, Roger O. Hirson
  • Producers: Herb Jaffe, Steven-Charles Jaffe
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Oct. 4 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GOFU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,084 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cody on May 1 2003
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Proteus is an ultrasophisticated computer capable of philosophical decisions and creativity. It wants to perpetuate itself into the flesh by impregnating a human woman. Just how this is accomplished evolves into a bizarre and intriguing science-fiction tale. Julie Christine is excellent as the reluctant object of affections. The story may sound silly, but it's smartly executed with effective special effects, assured direction by Donald Cammell and a haunting climax. Based on the novel by Dean Koontz.
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Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver) has built the perfect computer too well. Equipped with a synthetic cortex and a voice sounding a lot like Robert Vaughan (a gravelly alternative to Hall-9000) Proteus converses with its creators instead of receiving data from some nerdy keyboardists. Unfortunately, Proteus has plans of its own - designed to help locate more efficient energy sources, Proteus proves obdurate. He's not going to help humans rape their own planet. More immediately however, he's interested in getting "out of the box", finding a way to escape the shackles of his electronic existence. Locating Harris's home - a computer-managed manor house with an AI butler - Proteus "moves in". He commandeers its computer, seals in Harris's wife Susan (Julie Christie; they could have made a movie about the guy who pitched her the idea for "Demon Seed") and turns its array of high-tech against her. Remaking Harris's impregnable fortress into an inescapable prison, Proteus subjects Susan to a series of embarrassing and intrusive medical experiments, soon revealing its intentions to impregnate her with its artificially engineered seed. Susan will bear his child and through it, Proteus will leave the box. At first she fiercely resists, requiring Proteus to pull out all the stops against her (electrifying the door locks, dropping huge shields on every window and even siccing a wheelchair-robot armed with a lasergun against her). In an interesting turn, Proteus learns to add some persuasion to its resistance-is-futile shtick. (It can force Susan to bear its child, but not love it). In an inventive spin on AI, Proteus taps into Susan's feelings toward children - the troubled children she counsels, the baby she lost to leukemia - without ever shedding the image that it's just a machine.Read more ›
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Very good screen adaptation of Dean Koontz's early paperback original sci-fi thriller.
Government think-tank scientist Fritz Weaver is the mastermind behind the creation of the first genuine artificial intelligence, Proteus IV. Proteus is so intelligent, he refuses to comply with assignments to strip-mine Earth's oceans, since that would create an environmental instability ultimately threatening to man. Seeking an answer to the riddle of man's "isometric body and his glass-jaw mind," Proteus decides to conduct a clandestine experiment of his own on the human species. Proteus' lab subject is Weaver's wife, Julie Christie. His ultimate aim: to synthetically create life in Christie's womb, and see it through to term...whether she cooperates, or not.
This is a great flick, suffering only from a rather bland 1970s look and the decidedly unappealing subjects of abduction and rape. Christie largely performs a one-woman show as the subject of Proteus' unwanted attentions, though the other performers are equally good. Gerrit Graham does a nice minor support turn as Christie's unlucky would-be rescuer, and Robert Vaughn voices Proteus with chilling detachment. The effects are generally pretty good, though the computer-generated stuff is terribly primitive by today's standards.
Despite the unpleasantness of its subject matter, Demon Seed turns out to be a fascinating and strangely uplifting film by the time it's over. It's very suspenseful, and holds your attention throughout. It's also refreshingly adult.
The original novel, if you can find it, is different in some regards but is an excellent read - Koontz's recent rewrite of it is nowhere near as good as either the original or this movie.
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Dr. Harris has created a super computer that can potentially solve all the worlds problems. (It finds a cure for leukemia in four days.) But the computer which has an organic "quasi neural matrix" for software is not merely content to do the work assigned to it because it has thoughts of its own and a moral sense(it does not feel we should mine the sea for minerals because this is devastating to the environment). Also its intelligence has allowed it to study man and it envies his human form because man can touch and feel things(and also man has at least a prospect for eternity because he dies). So since it is human(or superhuman) in all respects but the corporeal it makes perfect sense that the computer should find Julie Christie very attractive. And she has rarely been so admired by a camera as she is in this film by both the director(the wildly visionary Donald Cammell)and the computer who has video camera eyes everywhere throughout the Harris household. What is so good about the movie is that it presents the great Frankenstein theme(monster that destroys its creator)as well as the Faustian theme(search for ultimate knowledge) but all has been updated so it all jibes with modern advances in technology. What it posits is not really plausible but the illusion is that it is just barely not plausible. It was made in 1977 and it looks like it was made in 1977 but that is part of the appeal. The professor is the maverick of the new techno-science and Julie Christie is this groovy technichally proficient new worlds ultimate prize, she is smart and stunning. Proteus IV forcibly has his techno way with Miss Christie and the result is his own dream come true, a brood of his own in human form.
In the opening scenes the Harris marriage is on the rocks because the Dr.
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