Patrick (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
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An enigmatic young man kills his mother, and winds up in a coma in a private hospital. Enter the pretty nurse who discovers Patrick has capabilities no one seems to know (or admit) about.
For those that are thrill seekers, this film is not a fast-paced action-packed story. BUT, for those of us that appreciate characters over wild thrills, and enjoy careful buildups to a final reveal, this one is nicely done. There IS a reason it was an initial success and has gained a big cult following, people understood Franklin's intentions.
Sure, Patrick is not Citizen Kane, but it is a nice mystery with great performances, a keen sense of humour ("self-referential humour" as it has been described), and some rather strong adult content for what was supposed to be a PG-rated film, even back in 1978. I first saw it theatrically and was surprised by its content, but appreciated the homages to Hitchcock (which Franklin carefully points out in many scenes on the DVD's commentary), and Brian May's score has a nice Herrmann-esque feel. I was only disappointed that it was dubbed with American actors. Finally seeing this film in the original Australian language version on DVD made me like this film a lot more 25 years later.
Synapse's 2009 edition is anamorphic widescreen (Elite's out-of-print DVD is not) and has the basic extras: two theatrical trailers, a commentary by Franklin and writer Everett De Roche. There's an easy to find easter egg (on the Elite edition at least) that features cover art for different soundtrack releases as well. The filmographies are quite thorough, for fans of Australian cinema.Read more ›
Robert Thompson makes for a striking Patrick, his bug-eyed dead stare memorably imposing, but it's Robert Helpman's doctor who all but steals the show: looking like Klaus Kinski's dad after a night on the tiles, not so much a mad scientist as an acerbically p---ed off one, he's gifted with the film's best dialogue and doesn't feel the need to overplay it. The film itself is not as good as his later Road Games, but it's still easy to see why it got Franklin the job of directing the much better Psycho II: it's an exploitation film that doesn't feel the need to go over the top and is directed with some style despite the obvious budget limitations. It's not a good enough film that the planned remake by Not Quite Hollywood's Mark Hartley can't improve on it, but in its original Australian version at least (the US version was heavily cut and redubbed into American while the re-edited Italian version added a Goblin score, so be sure to get the special edition DVD for the original cut) it's a pretty decent little movie.
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You have to put in the time and bear with the beginning, it can seem a little slow but when it starts ramping up....love it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Russell S
The product has no scratch or torn marks on it and no broken edges , postcards inside the box are excellent without damage, thank you for making every customer a happy one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by andrew wang
Patrick is probably somewhat of a cult classic that just doesn't know it yet. I had always wanted to see this movie uncensored as a kid but was too young for that privilege. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erin King
the movie was a blast from the past, a creepy little Friday night late late type show,
the kind of film that would capture your imagination and set it spinning on a cold... Read more
This is an old favorite of mine I remember it from the late 70's, it was'nt to gory and had a pretty good story line
I think this would be a pretty good remake. Read more
This is like a very old horror movie. I thought that the special effects were hilarious! It's a fun movie to watch and I recommend it. CiaoPublished on June 24, 2010 by Dottie Randazzo
Well look what is coming this Oct. PATRICK! I have had to watch my AWFUL vhs copy for years and though in truth this is no masterpiece of HORROR it does have its moments. Read morePublished on October 23, 2008 by CLINT BRONSON