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The Four Sided Triangle [DVD]

Barbara Payton , James Hayter , Terence Fisher    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, Percy Marmont
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Producers: Michael Carreras, Alexander Paal
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NBJCS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic early Hammer sci-fi horror. Two scientists have been working on a revolutionary matter duplication machine, a 'reproducer' that can replicate any object. In celebration Robin (John van Eyssen) announces that he is going to get married to Lena (Barbara Payton), not knowing that his assistant Bill (Stephen Murray) is secretly in love with her. With Lena's uncertain co-operation, Bill decides to duplicate her using the 'reproducer'. At first the experiment seems a success, but then the duplicate Lena is a little too accurate - she falls ni love with Robin as well. Soon Bill is thinking of ever more devious ways to ensure that the new Lena is his alone.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Hammer Sci-Fi Effort Still Effective. 3 April 2010
Format:DVD
THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is a remarkable little black and white film that scores on a number of levels. The sci-fi angle about a machine that can duplicate matter is strongly reminiscent of THE FLY although this is 5 years earlier. The lab scenes involving the machine are imaginatively handled for the time and show the editing prowess of director Terence Fisher who in just a few short years would launch Hammer Horror with CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA. On the surface this is standard sci-fi stuff similar to a TWILIGHT ZONE or an OUTER LIMITS episode but what really sets it apart is the central story of a love triangle with a decidedly novel twist.

Bill, Robin, and Lena are three children from a small village who grow up together. They are the best of friends but when Lena goes to America, the two friends go to college and work on their dream of creating a machine that can make a perfect copy of anything placed in it. A few years later Lena returns and with both men in love with her, she chooses Robin over Bill. Bill then decides to duplicate her in his machine so there will be two Lenas, one for each of them. Unfortunately the duplicate (no clones back then) has the same memories and the same feelings as the original and this leads to a must unusual ending.

The film unfolds in a leisurely way with a narrator/character similar to the one in OUR TOWN. The acting of the three principals especially Barbara Payton in the double role, is quite accomplished. Payton who was known for her sexpot roles and troubled life off screen (she died at only 39), gives the performance of her career and reminds us of how underused she was by American filmmakers. Despite the sci-fi trappings THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE, as the title implies, is essentially a love story which packs a surprising emotional punch. Just don't expect Hammer Horror and remember, the film is in black and white.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent at best. 27 Feb 2008
By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE
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This film's okay,but it's neither spooky enough to be a good horror/sci-fi movie,nor interesting enough to be a good drama.The plot has two childhood friends growing up to become scientists who share a love of Barbara Payton and an interest in cloning,a science that barely existed at the time the film was made.After a few experiments in scenes reminiscent of James Whale's Frankenstein,one of them decides to clone Barbara Payton,because the original has picked his friend.Naturally,tragedy ensues.
Barbara Payton's doesn't exactly set the screen alight and to modern eyes her bleached blonde hairdo is probably the scariest thing in the film.However,Payton aside, it is reasonably well acted and the sets aren't bad and the plot itself is very reminscent of The Fly.Unfortunately,it's all so low key and underplayed that it's easy to get bored.Terence Fisher was usually a competent director rather than a great one and that sums up this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bill and Robin Hammer out their differences 15 Feb 2009
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Bill, Robin, and Lena (Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, and Barbara Payton) where friends since childhood. After diverging lives, they soon combine their talents to build a replicator, a device that can copy anything making a precise copy. Soon Lena must make up her mind as to who she will marry as it was inevitable. She picks Robin leaving bill as odd man out. No worry as Bill envisions a radical plan that we have all ready guesses. What will be the results?

This early Hammer film may have been a precursor to "The Fly" (1958.) At least the technical part. However, I believe as with all good Sci-Fi and many other genres this is a vehicle for people, their emotions, and how we deal with each other. The film is in the old English style and in black and white. It starts out in the tradition of "Our Town" as the local doctor narrates the story to us as a third party.
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