Altered States R

Altered States
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 29, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1980
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Anamorphic - 1.85
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailer - 1.Theatrical Trailers (5)
      • - 2.TV Spots (2)
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Story by
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh84%

Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 19,417
It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Aug 17, 2014
[Director] Russell's noisily grandiose swipe at psychedelia embellishes what is no more than the cosily familiar story of the obsessive Scientist Who Goes Too Far and Unwittingly Unleashes, etc. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- I was overwhelmed, I was caught up in its headlong energy. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
A sensationalist head-trip, swirling us up in one man's desire to resurrect his "more primitive self," Altered States remains luridly intense. Full Review
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Jan 19, 2018
Like much of Russell's work, Altered States is ostentatious and pretentious yet genuinely engaged with ideas and style. Full Review
Aug 17, 2014
Ken Russell's movie can be quickly forgotten. Many other horror movies arrive to our screens with more imagination and more modesty. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 22, 2019
There isn't a lucid moment in it (and much of the dialogue is rendered unintelligible by Russell's subversive direction), but it has dash, style, and good looks, as well as the funniest curtain line since Some Like It Hot. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 6, 2007

Product Description:

Loosely based on the Paddy Chayefsky novel, this sci-fi spectacle tells the incredible story of a research scientist who experiments with altered states of human consciousness. Great performances and mind-blowing special effects. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound, Best Original Score.

Plot Synopsis:

A psycho-physiologist doing experiments with human consciousness eventually decides to test his findings on himself. He becomes obsessed with performing these auto-sensory deprivation experiments until he actually changes form physically, ending up as a gorilla at a local zoo. He returns to his normal state, at which point he also involves his wife in the experimentation.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 12, 1980.
  • William Hurt made his film debut in "Altered States."
  • Paddy Chayefsky wrote the screenplay for the film and then disassociated himself from it, crediting the finished script to Sidney Aaron.
  • Several problems marred the pre-production process. Arthur Penn, originally scheduled to direct the film left in late 1978 to be replaced by Ken Russell. The special effects specialist John Dykstra left soon after. Finally, the project was moved from Columbia Pictures to Warner Bros., and given an increased budget of $15 million.
  • Robert Blalack and Jamie Shourt did the time lapse photography in the film.

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  • UPC: 085391107620
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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