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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) [Import]

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas, Bobby Di Cicco
  • Directors: Stewart Raffill
  • Format: Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: VZ-Handelsgesellschaft mbH (Digi-Dreams-Studios)
  • Run Time: 102.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LTX6WMM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Brand new German import can be played in English language with removable German subtitles.

Reportedly based on a true incident during World War II involving an anti-radar or invisibility experiment that caused the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge to disappear from Philadelphia Harbor. Two of the ship's sailors finds themselves thrown 40 years into the future to 1984.

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Now don't get me wrong, I love this film not because it's a well-crafted classic but simply because it's a fun and terrifically 1980s effort, complete with big hair, flashy cars, crazy sweaters and a ditzy heroine. It's undeniably cheesy and I completely agree that a decent budget and more talented leads would render it a sci-fi classic, however this is a bit like an extended episode of Quantum Leap, and as such is cornily brilliant.

Nancy Allen, Hollywood's go to girl in the 80s for cute dreamy heroines, does a good job here, however Michael Pare is like a more wooden Marlon Brando as out-of-time sailor David. Classic horror writer John Carpenter adds some much-needed pizzaz to the title credits in his role as executive producer, but there is little for sci-fi fans to get excited about, with some average SFX and little attention paid to the time-travel aspect of the story, other than some bewilderment on the sailors' part as they attempt to come to terms with postwar society.

See this if you fancy a lighthearted, whimsical and undemanding movie; after nearly thirty years it still stands up as a solid if unspectacular fantasy film.
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A really far fetched, but interesting storyline. Two sailors on a ship, taking part in an experiment to make their ship invisible to radar, travel forward in time due to the experiment going out of control. It's an old film so special effects are basic, but this doesn't detract from the enjyoment of the film
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I bought this dvd purely on nostalgia alone. We lived in Africa as kids and only got to the video store once a week so could only rent the less popular movie's. This was the best of a bad bunch and recently I got the urge to see it again. I loved it as much now as I did then. The 'special effects' aren't as special now as they were back then!!!

None the less, my siblings and I are still thrilled with it!
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I saw this film 20 years ago and enjoyedi it, so when I saw this disc advertised at a very low price I decided to buy it to see if it has withstood the test of time. It tells of the U.S.S. Eldridge, chosen in 1943 to take part in an experiment to make u.s. navy ships invisible to radar, but something goes wrong, and not only does ship disappear, but two sailors are transported to 1984.The rest of the film is the story of these two sailors coping with suddenly finding themselves 41 years in the future, and their attempt to get back to the ship and stop the experiment that has torn a hole in time. And yes I did find it as entertaining the second time around.
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I saw this film, many years ago and was hoping to see it again on TV. After considering buying it many times I finally decided I couldn't wait any longer.
The film didn't disappoint. Yes, the acting from David Pare and Nancy Allen is a little gooey but I still loved it. I thought the special effects still worked and I enjoyed the film just as much this time as the last time I saw it.
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As an author of a number of books about dimension-hopping - one of which actually deals with the USS Eldridge and the 'Phillidelphia Experiment' - I was anxious to check out this movie on DVD. While the premise of the film (which is based on a well-known conspiracy theory that Albert Einstein had been funded by the US Navy to develop a 'cloaking device' for ships to make them invisible to radar that then went horribly wrong)has huge potential for a really great movie, the film itself was spoiled by cheap special effects and a rather corny script.

The film starts well, with our two heroes embarking as seamen on the USS Eldridge to take part in the experiment. Generators hum, lights flash, tension builds . . . and then some very cheap special effects kick in and the plot - like the USS Eldridge - vanishes in a puff of smoke.

Our two heroes find themselves in the 1980s, in the middle of a top secret experiment of their future, the world is falling apart, there is local love interest etc. etc. etc. and the result is a rather disappointing film.

Full marks for the cast for making the best silk purse they can out of this sow's ear, but a bigger budget and a tighter script would have worked wonders.

Perhaps, as another reviewer has suggested, someone will take this story and throw some real finance behind it so that it can be properly told.
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Superb 1980's sci-fi. Special effects are dated, of course, but a nice adventure with plenty of time travel 'gags'.... Like Ronald Reagan as president on TV and David (Male lead) thinks he's watching an old film!!! But overall a well made and thought provoking film.... Accept it for what it is and you'll love it..... Recommended!
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I remembered watching this film as a kid and being blown away by the whole time travel bit. Re-watching the film as an adult I probably remembered the film as being better then it actually is. It has a good premise and potentially could have been a great film if it had a tighter story line but as it is I rate this as an average film. The effects are fine for the time.
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