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Experiment in Terror [Blu-ray]

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Experiment in Terror (1962) is director/producer Blake Edwards�s chilling excursion into atmospheric neo-noir focusing on a San Francisco working girl (Lee Remick) stalked by a wheezing psychopath (Ross Martin) intent on forcing her to rob the bank where she works�or else. Fearing for the safety of her younger sister (Stefanie Powers) even more than for her own our heroine pluckily makes secret contact with an FBI agent (Glenn Ford) hoping to foil the psycho before he can carry out his sinister threats. Featuring lush black-and-white cinematography by Philip Lathrop and a smoky jazz-inflected score from Henry Mancini available here as an isolated track.Enjoy the extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art packaged with the Blu-ray

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AYJVSR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mark Norvell on July 2, 2003
Format: DVD
Take an early, lean Blake Edwards, a tension filled script, a cast of fine actors, great San Francisco location shooting and a suspenseful score by Henry Mancini and you have "Experiment in Terror"---one of the best suspense thrillers ever made. Adapted by the story's authors, it pits innocent bank clerk Lee Remick against asthmatic madman Ross Martin who terrorizes her in an extortion plot to rob her bank. His threats include harming her kid sister Stefanie Powers. When Remick contacts the FBI, agent Glenn Ford and his associates barrel into action. The result is a bizarre cat & mouse game between Remick, Martin and Ford. Martin is slick and murderous. But he manages to finance expensive hip surgery for a 6 yr.old Asian boy whose mother he's seeing. His heavy breathing is some of the most realistic I've ever heard in a film. Edwards directs "Experiment" in a fast paced style that keeps you glued to the screen all the way to the Giants game finale. Again, his on location shooting is superb. He never goes for the cheap shot in this film. Some scenes are just down right creepy. "Experiment in Terror" gets my vote as one of the best DVD finds around and deserves collector's status. It's wonderful b&w photography is preserved in a nice crisp print and the sound is fine. This is a first rate keeper all the way. Enjoy.
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The calendar year of 1962 sure was a fantastic year for movies! Just look at this impressive lineup of cinematic gems released in '62 ---

"Lawrence Of Arabia", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "The Longest Day", "The Music Man", "Mutiny On The Bounty", "The Miracle Worker", "Cape Fear", "Days Of Wine And Roses", "The Manchurian Candidate", "How The West Was Won", "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?", "Advise & Consent", "Birdman Of Alcatraz", "Requiem For A Heavyweight", "Lonely Are The Brave", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", "Knife In The Water", "Dr. No", and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance".

Holy smoke! What a great year for moving pictures it was. (The first five films I listed above were the five nominees for "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards, with "Lawrence", starring Peter O'Toole, taking home first prize.)

And -- in addition to that grand laundry list of goodies above -- there is also the 1962 film contained on this exceptional DVD -- "Experiment In Terror" -- which is one of my top '62 favorites.

"Experiment In Terror" was produced and directed by 39-year-old Blake Edwards, who also directed one of those other memorable '62 flicks on my list above ("Days Of Wine And Roses", which co-starred Jack Lemmon and "Experiment" star Lee Remick). Both Lemmon and Remick were nominated for Oscars for "Wine And Roses". The trophies, however, were won by Gregory Peck and Anne Bancroft.

"Experiment In Terror" is a brilliant and compelling black-and-white thriller. It makes you squirm in your seat from the extraordinarily-eerie beginning right through to its climax, which takes place on the pitcher's mound at San Francisco's "Candlestick Park".
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this one was very daring for it's time. the opening score is one of the most ominous music compositions i've ever heard. it's simple but terrifying. you know from the beginning that "something" is going to happen and it does. a woman is manipulated and extorted and threatened all in the first 10 minutes, inevitably compelled to involve the FBI. to divulge any more of this ominous little film would be unfair. a thriller in the most definitive form of the word. it boasts two of the best actors ever to grace the silver screen: Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. this was director Blake Edwards sole attempt at a dramatic film. this attempt proved to be sufficient. it's a cinematic masterpiece. watch it with the lights out!!!!
as for the DVD, not much in extras but the transfer and audio are very good.
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By A Customer on April 20, 1999
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On a basic level "Experiment in Terror" is a police procedural. The hunt for a stalker, blackmailer and murderer. Under Blake Edwards direction it becomes alot more. Filmed in black and white with a fondness for night scenes the film unsettles its audience by allowing them to use their imaginations. No gratuitous violence or blood splattered scenes. In its shadows where the horrors are barely glimpsed the audience has to use their imagination to conjure up their worst nightmares. That is often scarier than a graphic depiction. Ford and Remmick are excellent and Ross Martin turns in a performance that makes him the world champion haevy breather. Martin is noted for lighter roles but is superb here in his sinister turn. Henry Mancini's subtle but unsettling score is icing on the cake. Enjoy with the lights out.
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Experiment in Terror is one of those now rarely seen films from the tail end of the
film noir era.
Made in 1962 by Blake Edwards, who would later go on the make the Pink Panther films and Victor/Victoria, starring his wife Julie Andrews.
This film showed what might have been, if Edwards had of kept on making detective and film noir thillers, instead of light fuffy comadies.
A real edge of your seat movie.
But I would like to know why the Marketplace Sellers want so much for this film
on dvd. 60.00 buck is an outlandish price for a film, just because it's on dvd.
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