Altered States

Altered States

DVD - 1998
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The incredible terrifying tale of a research scientist experimenting with altered states of consciousness, and the horrors he finds in secret landscapes of the mind.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1998
ISBN: 9780790739120
0790739127
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 15, 2017

It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight.

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neophyte
Dec 29, 2015

Ending is a little contrived but rest of the movie is good, even after watching after around 20 years later

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Calvacade
May 26, 2015

"The major theme of Altered States is the human drive to leave the body, to be born again, and to experience in the mind things that were once thought divine. Wiliam Hurt's stunning performance as Jessup manages to convey this intellectual's unbridled egotism and his Promethean urge to discover the mystery of life."
- from a film review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
This is one of my personal favorites by maverick British filmmaker Ken Russell.

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Gizmo_Joe
May 23, 2015

Note - *This review may contain spoilers*

Directed by the excessive and flamboyant film-maker, Ken Russell - Altered States is a perfect example of a heavy-handed psychedelic experience from the early-1980s. At times the viewer can't help but be swept away and almost overwhelmed by this film's impressive state-of-the-art visual effects.

William Hurt (in his film debut) plays Eddie Jessup, a brilliant, young, "mad" scientist, delving into the unfathomable field of primal research. With the use of a Sensory-Depravation Chamber and lots of hallucinogenic drugs, Eddie physically and mentally devolves into an ape-like creature with a serious attitude problem and an immediate instinct to kill.

Believe me, Altered States' visuals are, at times, an extraordinary feast for the eyes. But, hey, don't expect too much when it comes to a plausible storyline.

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jazeebelle
Nov 05, 2014

wow. Oh just wow. Its been 20 years sinceast i viewed this and while i understood it more this time, it is still WEIRD. (Luckily i had a neck injury and was on pain killers this night. Didnt make the movie make sense any better, but it was more fun!) It is a must watch and its not boring. Original and freaky.

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patbik
May 29, 2014

This movie was so awful I had to turn it off after 30 minutes. Usually I try to "get" into the movie, but this one is hopeless.

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biffblack
Feb 06, 2014

Like a fine wine, "Altered States" keeps getting better with age. I can relish the picture now in a way that was slightly impossible back in December 1980. My mother and I went to see this movie together, and I remember vividly how angry she was after the screening -- she was speechless with anger!!! Russell's decision to have the physics nerd characters rattle off scientific jargon at breakneck tempos was a stroke of directorial genius! The actors are thoroughly believable and even sexy. The ending might be a cliche, a lot of people then and now objected to the resolution, yet Blair Brown makes it work. She invests the role with so much hard-edged emotion that I/we/you/me are utterly convinced that she could do what she could do. Brava!!!

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firstnationswmn
Jan 08, 2014

remake ..

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AnnihilatorX
Dec 27, 2013

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lukasevansherman
Dec 01, 2013

A typically restrained and subtle outing from British madman Ken Russell, making his American debut. William Hurt, in his film debut, plays a slightly unhinged scientist who spends a lot of time in a sensory deprivation tank (and takes some loco Mexican drugs) and starts to have some batshoot crazy hallucinations, as well as to "regress" to a more primitive self. The performances are good (look for a young Drew Barrymore) and there's some truly nutso imagery, but it's all pretty silly and ham-fisted. Cronenberg could've done something much more interesting with the material.

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