The Fury [Blu-ray]
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(USA - 1978)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono
Dismissed at the time of its initial release as a mishmash of themes and genres, time has been kind to THE FURY, Brian De Palma's visually spectacular adaptation of the novel by John Farris. An ex-government agent (Kirk Douglas) seeks the help of a young girl (Amy Irving) with incredible psychic abilities to help locate his son (Andrew Stevens), who has extraordinary powers of his own and has been kidnapped by an ultra-secret organization who plan to use his talents for their own sinister purposes.
Farris' own script has a neat symmetry, encompassing Middle Eastern terrorism, government conspiracies, psychic horror, and a series of Grand Guignol death scenes, orchestrated to a turn by De Palma whose growing confidence as a filmmaker sees him fully engage with the concept of Pure Cinema which has characterized much of his work ever since.
Highlighted by John Williams' magnificent score (a genuinely eerie composition, one of the best of his career), the film opens slowly, builds momentum, and culminates in a breathtaking sequence which closes the movie on a note of screaming hysteria (the final thirteen shots have been celebrated and vilified in equal measure by disbelieving audiences ever since the movie first opened!). De Palma's technical precision is matched by his excellent cast, including John Cassavetes, Charles Durning and Carrie Snodgress, all of whom loan these outrageous proceedings a gravity which lesser actors might have scorned. Look quickly for a very young Daryl Hannah in an early pre-stardom role.
At the time, critics wrote THE FURY off as a cheap knock-off of CARRIE. Other than the fact that both deal with teens who possess telekinetic powers, the movies have very little in common. While CARRIE is a full-fledged horror movie, THE FURY is a thriller with few horror elements. There's some gore, a few creepy moments, but mostly it's espionage and spy vs. spy, only everyone is after psychic kids instead of microfilm.
De Palma effortlessly weaves stylistic set-pieces into the narrative, creating suspense, atmosphere and a surreal eeriness to the proceedings. Simple actions like two characters in separate locations scraping their fingernails on a wall and chair respectively speak volumes. De Palma's camera is almost always moving, flowing like a phantom around rooms. When it is static, the angle is usually so oppressive it creates a sense of claustrophobia. Characters are given moments to ponder the hopelessness of their situation (even the bad guys garner some sympathy for allowing themselves to be backed into a corner) and the photography reflects it powerfully.
Speaking of bad guys, John Cassavetes plays one of the screen's most ruthless villains, a man who will do anything to accomplish his job, untroubled by conscience or morality.Read more ›
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This movie is, was and always will be the salient precursor for everything crappy that DePalma would later be capable of. Not misunderstood or overlooked or even cult-y. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cornelius Fortinbras III
The Fury, 1978 film
People are enjoying the seashore. Suddenly there is shooting! Men in boats come ashore and shoot at people (they are terrorists). Read more
A lot of people missed this movie... very well acted and great story line... a little similar to the movie CarriePublished 4 months ago by Paul Menard
Tia a shame that Twilight Time couldn't add more extras but otherwise it's wonderful to have this disc since it's out of print. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Harrison Y. Shinn
Interesting little horror/scifi movie. Could it really happen? who knows. Douglas made a few of these types of movies as his career was winding down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gary Gilfoy