Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 4th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1983
Director: Robert Wiemer
Writer: Robert Wiemer
Cast: Dina Merrill, Martha Byrne, Mark Patton, Donna Mitchell, Jack Ryland, Loretta Devine, Jack Gilford, Gail Weed, Virginia Stevens, Marilyn Rockafellow, John Wardwell, Susan Lowden, Warren Watson, James Louis Fleming, Julie Araskog, Kent Cottingham, Stuart Cole, Paul Baillargeon
DVD released: April 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A child prodigy with behavioral problems discovers that she is one of several girls who were cloned from the DNA of physicist named Anna Zimmerman.
Anna to the Infinite Power was written and directed by Robert Wiemer, who credits as a director mostly consist of television work and a few forgettable films like Somewhere, Tomorrow and The Night Train to Kathmandu. His direction is at best efficient. The cast features many recognizable faces like Dina Merrill (Operation Petticoat) in the role of Anna’s Mother, Mark Patton (A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2) in the role of Anna’s Brother and Donna Mitchell (Less Than Zero) a mysterious woman who plays an integral part in Anna’s development. Martha Byrne in the role of Anna is this film greatest asset. She convincingly pulls off every nuance of the Anna character.
The plot for this film was adapted from Mildred Ames novel Anna to the Infinite Power. Premise wise while the film often aspires to be thought provoking. The end results is something that doesn’t fully realize the potential of its subject matter. Things start of slowly with the bulk of the first act revolving around the Anna character’s status as an outsider. Things pick up once Anna starts to uncover links to who she really is. All the momentum that had been building up to this point is unfortunately undermined by the time the film gets to its final act and more specifically its climax.
Scorpion Releasing presents Anna to the Infinite Power is a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. This appears to be a open matte presentation with the film’s intended theatrical ratio being listed as 1.85:1 on the IMDB. The image never looks cramp with plenty of head room and information exposed on all four sides. Outside of some very mild print debris the source used for this transfer is generally in good shape. Colors are at best average and even though the details generally look crisp. It should be noted that there are a few instances where the image looks a tad too soft.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio fares better than the transfer as dialog is clear and there are no major issues with background or any other audio defects.
Extras for this release include a lengthy interview with actress Martha Byrne (38 minutes 15 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio interview with actor Mark Patton (18 minutes 33 seconds). The interview with Martha Byrne covers how she was cast in the film, her thoughts on the film, the cast and other production related topics. She also discusses other projects that she has worked on like The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Pink Lightening, “As the World Turns” and “General Hospital”. At the end of the interview she talks about her transition behind the scenes as a screenwriter and producer. The Mark Patton audio interview not only covers his experiences working on this film. He also talks about other projects that he has worked on like, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. Overall Anna to the Infinite Power makes its DVD debut via a well rounded release from Scorpion Releasing.