Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 31st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: UK / USA, 1973
Director: Philip Leacock
Writer: Theodore Apstein
Cast: Leonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire, Rachel Roberts, Vera Miles, Jewel Blanch, Valerie Taylor, Ray Brooks, Angharad Rees, Christopher Benjamin, Mike Murray, Ewan Roberts, Milton Johns
DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 90 minutes (UK Version), 96 minutes (USA version)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A race car driver inherits the power of seeing other peoples deaths after narrowly survives a deadly car crash.
Throughout the history of television is are way to man series that never made it beyond a pilot episode or worse yet said pilot episode never aired. At least in the case of Baffled! It actually got the chance to be seen on network television.
The plot for Baffled! revolves around a race car driver named Tom Kovack and his trusty sidekick young woman named Michele Brent who also happens to be an expert in ESP. From there they venture to England to save a young girl and her mother from conman who dabbles in the occult.
As far as T.V. pilots go all the main players are well laid out and the mood of the series is also clearly defined. And yet this series failed to connect with an audience. Was the content of the pilot and perspective series to provocative for television viewers from this era? Or perhaps there are other things more damning about this series.
Most notably this series leading man Leonard Nimoy who by the time had already starred in major T.V. series ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Mission Impossible’. There are very few actors who have had two let alone three successful T.V. series. This is a prime example of being too identified with former onscreen persona’s. There is something ironic about watching Leonard Nimoy portray a character whose decisions often defy logic, when he is most known for portraying Spock a character whose thought process was deeply rooted in logic.
With that being said, he gives an enthusiastic performance in Baffled! Unfortunately there are a few moments which glaringly showcase why his is not a suitable leading man, at least in regards to this series. To his credit he holds up really well during the more quirky / humorous moments.
As mentioned before there is a farfetched vibe to the events which unfold and most likely many will find it difficult to just with the ride. Because trying to take anything that goes on in this pilot seriously is going to make this a grueling viewing process. So just how much you get out of Baffled! ultimately comes down to your state of mind while watching this television oddity.
This release contains two versions of the pilot, the U.S version and the UK version. Both versions are presented in their intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio which was the standard for television back when this was made. Quality wise the UK version is in much better shape of the two versions. Colors and black levels look stronger on the UK version and details always look crisper.
Each version of the film comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced. Of course being that this was shot for television it should not come as s surprise that lack of range in these audio mixes.
Extras for this release include trailers for Wombling Free, Paper Mask, Go Tell the Spartans and Saint Jack. The U.S. version of the film is about six minutes longer than the UK version and it appears that this longer running time is due to extended existing scenes. Overall Baffled! makes its way to DVD via a good audio / video presentation from Scorpion Releasing.