Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 24th, 2017
BluRay released: September 6th, 2017
Approximate running times: 125 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: M (Australia)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: $29.99
The Entity was directed by Sidney J. Furie whose other notable films include, The Ipcress File, Lady Sings the Blues. Hit!, The Boys in Company C and Iron Eagle. Key collaborators on The Entity include, cinematographer Stephen H. Burum (The Untouchables, Raising Cain), composer Charles Bernstein (Pigs, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and screenwriter / author Frank De Felitta (Audrey Rose, Dark Night of the Scarecrow). The screenplay for The Entity was adapted from screenwriter Frank De Felitta novel of the same name.
Content wise, though this film features many elements that one would associate with the horror genre. The end result is something closer to a suspense movie, albeit with heavy dose of the supernatural. The premise is well executed and pacing is never an issue as there is an ample amount of time in between moments of terror.
From a production standpoint, the special effects are sufficiently effective and the visuals do a superb job capturing the protagonist state of mind. And nowhere is more evident, then in regards to the scenes where the protagonist is tormented by an unseen entity. With this film’s final act providing a very satisfying conclusion to the events that have just unfolded.
Without a doubt, this film’s greatest asset is Barbara Hershey (The Stunt Man, The Last Temptation of Christ) in the role of Carla Moran, the woman who is being terrorized an unseen entity. The film is told from her point of view and she delivers an utterly convincing performance that perfectly captures her characters state of mind. Other notable cast members include, Alex Rocco (The Godfather, Freebie and the Bean) in the role of Carla’s frequently absent boyfriend and Ron Silver (Silent Rage, Timecop) in the role of Phil Sneiderman, a psychiatrist who is skeptical of the paranormal.
The Entity comes on a 50 GB dual layer (41.3 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this release appears to comes from the same source that was used for Anchor Bay and Eureka Video’s Blu-ray releases. Details generally look crisp; colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels fare well. And though there is an inconstancy when it comes to the grain. There are no issues with this transfer in regards to DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, reversible cover art, a poster and stills gallery, a trailer for the film (1 minute 23 seconds), an interview with actor Robert McNaughton (2 minutes 55 seconds) and an interview with composer Charles Bernstein (33 minutes 16 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Charles Bernstein include, the score / his creative process, director Sidney J. Furie, author / screenwriter Frank De Felitta, Barbara Hershey and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Robert McNaughton include, his audition for the role of Carla Moran’s son.
Overall The Entity gets a strong release from Umbrella Entertainment.
Note: Umbrella Entertainment are also releasing this film on DVD.