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DEMON SEED

No one will ever accuse DEMON SEED ($20) of being either a great science fiction or horror movie, but it is great popcorn munching pulp fun.  Based on a novel by Dean R. Koontz, DEMON SEED tells the story of a self aware supercomputer named Proteus IV (voiced by Robert Vaughn) who wants to overcome his restrictions and limitations- literally making the leap out of the box that contain his circuits.  DEMON SEED stars Julie Christie as Susan Harris, the estranged wife of Proteusí inventor Alex Harris (Fritz Weaver).  Shortly into the proceedings, Susan becomes Proteusí prisoner in the high tech home built by her husband.  It seems that Proteus has selected Susan to be the biological "mother" to the synthetic child that he intends to create in a fusion of man and computer.  Sure, it all sounds preposterous, but it plays really well, thanks to the credible performances of a talented cast- especially Julie Christie.

Warner Home Video has made DEMON SEED available on DVD in a 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays.  This is a really fine looking transfer that is certain to please fans.  Image sharpness and detail are both very good, plus the colors hold up very well, without fading and reasonably natural looking flesh tones.  Blacks appear accurate, as do the whites, plus the image boasts good contrast and respectable shadow detail.  Blemishes and scratches are fairly minimal, while noticeable grain is never intrusive.  Digital compression artifacts are nicely contained. 

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is quite solid and offers more than respectable fidelity.  Sound effects are reasonably convincing, plus the music is never harsh or brittle.  Dialogue is crisply rendered and never difficult to understand.  A French language track has also been encoded onto the DVD, as have English, French and Spanish subtitles.  Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as theatrical trailer.

As I stated above DEMON SEED is pulpy sci-fi / horror fun.  Warnerís DVD looks and sounds quite good, making it something that genre fans will want to check out.

 

DEMON SEED 


Demon Seed

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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