Director: Joseph Ruben
Starring: Dennis Quaid,
Max Von Sydow, Christopher Plummer
young psychic is recruited by an organisation trying to control the
President of the US.
Ruben’s engaging 1984 thriller is about a young man with psychic
abilities (Dennis Quaid) who is recruited into a secretive government
project, unaware that shadowy intelligence operative (Christopher Plummer)
is using the organisation in his plot to control the President of the US,
by exploiting his private fears of a nuclear holocaust.
Region 2 disc is simply horrendous. The disc has an insanely low bit rate
that hovers around the 30% mark throughout, and consequently the
(un-enhanced 1.77:1) picture is plagued with constant digital artefacts.
(Ironically, the name of the horse that Quaid bets on is High
Compression!) The sound is Dolby 2.0, and sounds hollow and phasey. For
some reason MIA has elected to release the film using a terrible photo’
montage sleeve with an ugly amateurish logo. Potential customers might
want to know that the inlay is double-sided, and has a much classier
sleeve, featuring Drew Struzan’s original theatrical artwork, on the
back, (the only advantage that the UK disc has over the US disc, which is
16:9-enhanced and has 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, and a patchy
commentary track by three key crewmembers).