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The Philadelphia Experiment [1984] [DVD]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDM3RC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Film starring Michael Pare and Nancy Allen.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Experiment 30 July 2011
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheese, but tasty cheese 12 July 2010
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia 24 April 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Philadelphia Experiment 16 Jan 2013
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Philadelphia Experiment 7 Jan 2012
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Brilliant little film, a mixture of romance, suspense and possible paradox in time, for those time shifters out there.
DVD comes in either Region 1 (America) or, Region 0 (anywhere), which was the original copy I watched.
Well worth the money, and I thought more to the story-line to that of 'The Final Countdown' film starring Kirk Douglas.
It's listed as 'PG' for rating but over 8 year-olds would be OK I would have thought.
No sex (apart from kissing) and no real violence (apart from restraining a man by his arms) and no swearing, small amount of blood, (no gory bits).
Just over the 100 minutes of viewing of good entertainment.
Recommend this film without a doubt.
'The Philadelphia Experiment 2' release came only in region 1, but will collect it soon.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story - Disappointing Movie 19 Oct 2007
With the current trend of re-hashing and re-making older movies it's a shame that someone doesn't do the same with this as it's potential is huge.

I have been fascinated with this (allegedly true) story since I first heard about it several years ago.

It involves a military experiment at a Philadelphia naval shipyard where the USS Eldridge was supposed to have literally vanished during experiments with radar invisibility. The crew reportedly suffered mental illness following the experiment and some were even said to have either vanished completely or been fused to bulkheads. The events were then supposedly followed by a massive miltary cover-up.

Whether or not the story is true - it's a good one - and worthy of a decent movie. I have been looking out for this to be released on Region 2 DVD for years and was so disappointed, although if I'm honest I didn't expect much else.

Sadly it falls prone to the 80s practice of telling a tale with the inevitable addition of an inter-twining love story. It is also really dated in the way that a lot of 80s films are and clearly filmed on a low budget. What a shame - it's such a good subject matter.

Look up the story on the internet - it's everywhere and is completely captivating. Just don't bother with the movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mustwatch it again soon
I'm a techy and the idea that you can bend space and time using strong magnetic fields is quite apealing. Must watch it again soon.
Published 2 days ago by bnnorman
1.0 out of 5 stars a 'i have got nothing better to do with my time movie'
absolutely dis-interesting to me, it reminds me of a daytime wednesday nothing better to do with your time movie.
Published 1 month ago by john
3.0 out of 5 stars no good to me
wont play region 1 so i cant look at it wast of money my fault i have to give it a way
Published 4 months ago by george kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this and avoid the remake........
... very enjoyable movie, they made a remake of this movie which needs to be avoided.... do not be fooled into thinking that newer is better... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR C S TAIT
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat predictable
A far-fetched low-budget sci-fi movie that's mostly entertaining but best saved for when you've not much else to do on a wet February evening.
Published 7 months ago by V. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
i watched this movie years ago and i was very pleased when i found it on amazon.this is a brilliant movie.
Published 9 months ago by helen duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Inventive twist on the myth
Michael Pare puts in a good performance and we're with him all the way as the experiment to make his ship invisible to radar goes wrong transporting him and a fellow sailor forward... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Philaldelphia Experiment
I bought this for my father who liked the film when he saw it in the 80's. It arrived on time and he is very happy to have it so he can watch it when he wants.
Published 17 months ago by T P Brothwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Unhappy :-(
The copy is poor sound quality and for the first 15 - 20 mins of the film the lips are out of synch with the speech (very irritating) I am disappointed with the product but having... Read more
Published 20 months ago by janet mallinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie!
I doubt the storyline of this film is true, but who knows? Great concept, great film, great price! How much more needs to be said, if you love sci-fi and conspiracy then this is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by SteveP
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