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The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

Malcolm McDowell , Emily Ullerup , Paul Ziller  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Emily Ullerup, Gina Holden, Nicolas Lea, Ryan Robbins
  • Directors: Paul Ziller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1943, a secret government project attempted to create a cloaking device that would make warships invisible. But during the first test, the USS Eldridge successfully vanished...and could not be found again. 70 years later, the Navy destroyer momentarily reappears on a Pennsylvania runway allowing the sole surviving crewman to escape and a local lawman to board. What is behind a sinister reactivation of the project? Where will the massive ship materialize next? And what will become of two men trapped in a time/space catastrophe? Nicholas Lea (''Kyle XY''), Michael Paré (of the original film), Ryan Robbins (''Falling Skies''), Emilie Ullerup (''Sanctuary''), Gina Holden (SAW 3D), and Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) star in this electrifying remake of the '80s hit about the allegedly true military operation known as THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4 Stars on the SyFy Movie Scale
2 Stars as a so-called remake

The 2012 SyFy Channel Original movie "The Philadelphia Experiment" has one major factor working against it. It is called "The Philadelphia Experiment" to associate it with the popular 1984 feature film of the same name. People expecting a modern version of the older film will likely be unsatisfied with this interpretation. Why? In regards to story, the movies are quite different. They are linked through the title and the principle themes only (although Michael Pare, star of the original, pops in for a brief role). Furthermore, this is a television production that lacks the big budget finesse and effects that might be associated with a feature film. That's the negative. And most of the backlash and vitriol I've heard about this film stems from these two components. However, if you frequently watch SyFy fare, I'd like to defend this production as one of their more sophisticated efforts. It still might not be a terrific movie by conventional standards. But compared to other films on the network, it is much better than you might expect. If they had released it with an alternate title, I think it might have been received far more favorably.

In case you don't know, The Philadelphia Experiment refers to an actual WWII project. In the simplest terms, the theory was that you could affect a ship at its molecular level using radiation and gravity to make it invisible. I'm no scientist, however, so please don't berate me for this rather simplistic explanation. It is rumored that a real battleship met with disastrous results under this program and it has subsequently been covered up by governmental agencies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Waltie
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Please don't expect a re-make of the original 80's film. This is definately a sequel. It's interesting to see Michael Pare' as the bad guy character when he was a good guy in the first movie. I'm just wondering why it took them so long to make the sequel. If you really want to understand this movie, see the original first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE ELDRIDGE IS BACK June 22, 2013
This is not a remake of the original film for those who actually saw it, but rather one that builds upon the myth of the incident known as the Philadelphia Experiment. In the superior 1984 film, 2 sailors transport to the future, not the entire ship.

In modern times, a private company contracted to the military recreates the magnetic flux from the first experiment (actually I thought it was radar, but who cares). They managed to make the WWII destroyer appear in Pennsylvania. Lt. Bill Gardner from 1943 (Nicholas Lea) leaves the ship in the same town where he lived. His granddaughter's boyfriend happens to enter the ship and get trapped on it. This coincidence was less believable than the magnetic field which can transport huge objects through space and time. Oh BTW for some poorly explained reason, the government wants Bill dead which leads to ridiculous conflict between people who both want to make the problem go away.

The special effects were CG and at times worse than others. The film incorporates the myth the men were trapped inside metal bulkheads. Bill adjusts to modern times fairly well, something they could of had more fun with, if they hired a comedy writer.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll keep it short and sweet, and name NO names.... April 29, 2013
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The BAD guy in this one was the GOOD guy in the film of the same name from 1984.
The, 55-year-old, BAD guy in THIS movie has "bulked-up", and actually looks better
than his 1943-counterpart in the 1984 movie. All-in-all, the Computer Generated
Special Effects in a mini-budget TV-special cannot --- fairly --- be compared with
even ONE minute of seamless CGI in a 10 Minute Preview of "Men In Black 3".

While the rendering of the ship was devoid of barnacles and running-rust, it was
an entertaining "what-if" with the required TWIST of time and space at the finale.

I own BOTH films. Got a Blu-Ray double disc case, cut the liner for the DVD down to
fit in the BLUE box. Both of THESE keeper-movies are together --- for ALL time.

I enjoyed BOTH of these better than, for example, The Philadelphia Experiment 2.

I am pleased with my purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a super-production, but really nice to watch! September 9, 2013
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May it no be a super-production, but I Found this movie really entertaining since it appears to be a "Sequel" to the original 80's film starring the great Michael Paré (sadly, The Philadelphia Experiment 2, didn't work as such...), which appears now in the bad-guy team to give it an unexpected twist to the story! Great visuals effects with the "Eldrige" Ship, and since it's a Urban-Military-Historc Legend, it would have been great to include a Nikola Tesla or Einstein into the whole plot, and having Mr. McDowell as the inventor of the process is a must-see! Even the smallest roll can be a delight with this fabulous actor on scene! and, to bring the parellelism of the story into the future, was a nice idea! it would have been great to intermix both films (The original and this) into one solid story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was diffrant .
Published 7 days ago by MOHAMED E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy.
Published 22 days ago by Patrick J.
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Published 1 month ago by Thomas Kekipi
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Lea, displaced in his socks
Four really cool movies out of Michael Paré's ouevre that are on heavy rotation on my DVD playlist: Streets of Fire (1984), Eddie and the Cruisers / Eddie and the Cruisers... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good better than the original
Published 2 months ago by Joesph C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Real or not
Believe it or not, this was a really good movie. Time, space, and power. Things people wanted to control and kill for.
Published 4 months ago by William M. Klepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie
Enjoyed it, but knowing that it was partially made up and hyped for an audience was a distraction for me. I usually like to watch movies that are made about real life situations. Read more
Published 4 months ago by This N That
3.0 out of 5 stars The Philadelphia Experiment Take 3
If you expect to see much of Malcolm McDowell, don't. His part is short and let's just say not an Oscar nominated performance. Read more
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