Magic (1978) (Second Sight) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Magic (1978) (Second Sight) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Magic (1978) (Second Sight) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Magic (1978) (Second Sight) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
RATED: BBFC: 15/REGION B/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Second Sight

Corky (Anthony Hopkins), a failed magician, adopts a new ventriloquist act with an abrasive dummy named Fats, and suddenly finds himself lined up for a television show. When the unbalanced Corky fears he won’t pass the required mental exam, he runs away with Fats to his hometown, where he meets an old love from high school, Peggy (Ann-Margret). Corky persuades Peggy to leave her loveless marriage — but Fats, who seems to be taking on a mind of his own, doesn’t approve of the relationship.

In Magic Anthony Hopkins plays a showman named Corky who is having some pretty rought patches at first before finding his salvation in a ventriloquist dummy. This opens the door for fame and fortune but when the network wanting to having a special featuring him and requires a medical test, Corky, rushes off on his own. At his new location he finds a woman who he is interested in and when she seems to feel the same way her fellow she’s with doesn’t take too kindly to it. Add that up with some other deadly trouble that Corky and his dummy finds themselves in and we have our plot. The movie is a bit of a slow burn but it holds your attention. There’s a portion of the movie where you are really wondering of Corky is just crazy or if the darn dummy is alive and doing his own stuff. That’s part of the fun of this one.

Well before the days of Hannibal Lector, Anthony Hopkins is here in this one and does a fantastic job in his role. He is interacting with a puppet as well as people and he is doing so while sometimes being likeable, other times being shady, and all in all being insane. If you haven’t seen much of Anthony Hopkins, then I suggest seeing this one for his performance if nothing else. Second Sight over in the UK brings this to Blu-ray and sadly it is a region B lock, so if you want to check it out you’ll have to be sure to play movies from other regions to enjoy it. They even managed to add in some nice extras as well. We have an interview with the writer of the book this is based on talking about where his idea for this one came from. He also talks about how this one differes from the book. We also have other interviews, including a couple from Anthony Hopkins. The transfer here is solid as well even if just a little grainy in spots. Still, it looks good and it all makes for a solid release from Second Sight.

Extras

  • Screenwriting for Dummies: William Goldman interview
  • Archive Anthony Hopkins interview
  • Victor Kemper: Cinematographer
  • Ann-Margret make-up test
  • Fats and Friends: a history of ventriloquism with the film’s consultant
  • Anthony Hopkins archive radio interview
  • Trailer, TV Spots, Radio Spots

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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