The Medusa Touch [Region 4]
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Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A supernatural thriller about a novelist , who possesses the mental power to control life and death. John Morlar (Richard Burton), a well-known novelist, is savagely attacked in his London flat. Barely alive, he is taken to hospital. Detective Brunel (Lino Ventura) is assigned to the case. He comes across Morlar's journal, which leads him to a mysterious woman named Zonfeld (Lee Remick) who is Morlar's doctor. Zonfeld discloses that her patient is obsessed. He feels he bears an awesome telekinetic power - the power to 'will' destruction and death. He can make airplanes crash, buildings crumble, start raging fires and unleash mighty floods. He believes he possesses the gift of evil, and dangerously demonstrates his power. What at first seems preposterous, soon becomes sickeningly real. Morlar is able to wreak havoc at will. Brunel desperately wants to stop the next tragedy, but can he kill this man? If released from his mortal confines, how far can the power of his mind roam? ...The Medusa Touch
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The Medusa Touch features some pretty good special effects for its time as Morlar's disasters grow in scale and magnitude. There is a horrific plane crash scene into a large apartment building eerily similar to 9-11, and a royal assassination attempt by demolishing a major London landmark. It is a race against time for Brunel to stop Morlar in his diabolical quest.
Briskly directed by Jack Gold, The Medusa Touch is pure entertainment throughout and plays like a cross between The Omen, Carrie and a police detective who dunnit.
Fans of this film should check out the Blu-ray which looks great - clean and crisp! It's an excellent transfer with some interesting behind the scenes footage of the film's climax in Westminster and commentary.
A solid film that still holds up.
It turns out that I needn't have worried, the movie was flawless with perfect sync and an excellent reproduction. In fact, I remember that the final Cathedral disaster scenes looked cheesy on my old VHS copy but the DVD version looks pretty reasonable.
With this experience I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a Korean release of some of the other hard to get movies on my list.