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item number: 34GCA
- 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:||Bob Balaban, Drew Barrymore, Blair Brown & Charles Haid|
|Directed by||Ken Russell|
|Edited by||Eric Jenkins|
|Screenwriting by||Paddy Chayefsky|
|Composition by||John Corigliano|
|Story by||Paddy Chayefsky|
|Produced by||Howard Gottfried|
|Director of Photography:||Jordan Cronenweth|
|Executive Production by||Daniel Melnick|
It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight. Full Review
[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
Rating: 3.5/4 -- I was overwhelmed, I was caught up in its headlong energy. Full Review
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)
Like much of Russell's work, Altered States is ostentatious and pretentious yet genuinely engaged with ideas and style. Full Review
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)
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
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.
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.
- 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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