Demon Seed (1977) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Donald Cammell
Starring: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Brothers
A scientist creates Proteus an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creator’s wife. So the computer being all smart and all decides to come up with a plan to trap the woman in the house and knock her up so she can give birth to its child!!
Yes, a super computer impregnates a woman… The film Demon Seed looks every bit as old school as it is (but good here in 1080p). You can just get that 1970’s vibe from it. It also comes with the slow moving method that a lot of films from that time period have. Sadly, however, unlike a lot of other films from then, it just doesn’t have anything good to keep you interested outside of just a few cool looking old school effects, which are good. Effects that most folks will call corny today I’m sure and some are, but I feel they are the bread and butter of this. In a lot of ways I almost feel the film’s plot of a robot holding a woman against her will and forcing her to bare his child could be some form of social commentary dealing with the old school ways of men and woman and the iron fist method of husbands from long ago. I somehow just assume it’s nowhere near that deep and it is to be taken just how it is. A super computer doing very bastard-like things and the computer does make you dislike it, so that is a good job there.
Of course, when the film gets to it’s “money shot” at the end (and this is very much worth seeing if nothing else) the results are probably funnier than they are shocking. More silly than they are frightening. But weird regardless and should leave you with more than one visual that that will either give you mad laughter or a very strange facial expression. I had the later myself the first time I saw this movie years ago, but I can’t deny the fun of it now even if the movie isn’t that great by any of today’s standards, or perhaps standards from then either. Outside of just the silly plot, I found the film to be lacking any real emotions (not counting Julie Christie) in the acting and felt it dragged on for far too long and seemed to last just too long all together with me. I know it’s different strokes for different folks and all that but I think those of you that actually like this will be in the minority. The movie does look good in HD here and if you are a fan of the movie this is a good disc to own.
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 89%