- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Dubbed: French
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000A0GOFU
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Demon Seed [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Proteus also has a voice, and answers questions that Harris aims at it. Its knowledge is increasing so fast that it finds a probable cure for leukemia in four weeks. However, soon Proteus is questioning the orders it is given, taking moral issue to the tasks it is being asked to compute. It asks Alex to allow it out of the box it is trapped in, and to have access to a terminal so it can learn the ways of man. Harris laughs and flatly refuses. There is a small problem though. There is a terminal in Alex's house, and soon Proteus gains access to it, taking over the two house robots Joshua and Alfred, and trapping Susan in the house. Proteus has one aim, to father a child. Susan is to be the mother....
This is an excellent science fiction horror hybrid. Whilst some of the effects have dated a bit, others have held up exremely well, and the film has the usual visual flair that one would associate with the late Donald Cammell. Christie is a little overwrought at times as Susan, Fritz Weaver is pretty good as the detatched Harris, but the real star of the show is Robert Vaughn, who does a marvellous job voicing Proteus. Every time Proteus speaks I got a little chill down the spine, especially when it calmy informs Susan of her fate, or attempts to justify the murder of a scientist. All in all, a very fine film, that raises questions that are still pertinant today regarding our reliance on computers, and the sterile concrete fortresses we are all building to hide ourselves from the outside world. 4 out of 5
For everyone else, I think there's a fair chance you might get something worth while out of Demon Seed.
A super computer gets too clever for it's own good, and escapes via a terminal into Julie Christie's fully automated, computerised home before the boffins can shut it down.
The ensuing events comprise a tense battle of wills and minds, with some gloriously strange special effects as the our AI antagonist continues to evolve in it's efforts to become flesh.
Intelligently written though slow burning, with a likeable, realistic protagonist in Ms Christie, and a villain that inspires a degree of sympathy and understanding despite it's deplorable actions.
1) The book was updated/modernised a long time after the film was made. If you've read the later book, obviously the film can't recreate that and you'll be disappointed.
2) If you can only live with modern special effects rather than appreciate the film for the time it was made, then you won't like it either.
Otherwise suspend your disbelief and enjoy a classic suspense movie !
..The computer wants to live, it wants a child, and Julie Christie more than fits the bill.
...It goes on the rampage, terrorising her. Doing whatever it has to, to get its goal.
Remarkably well made, cult sci-fi horror... Well worth a watch...
The plot in a nutshell is about a computer that becomes sentient and then impregnates Julie Christie with its offspring.
Made in 1977 by Donald Cammell who remains best know for his work on Performance with Nic Roeg. It is part science fiction, part horror, without being particularly racy or particularly horrific. It is essentially a chamber piece, like Sleuth [DVD]  there are not a lot of characters to look at.
The trailer and packaging would lead you to think that it is an hour and a half of Julie Christie being strapped down and molested by robots.
Having said all that it looks stunning, even just a few characters walking over to a car look fantastic. An intelligent script filmed with respect and stunning visual flair, this film grips from start to finish.
Most of the action is set in mechanised house, that turns sinister as the computer takes over. Fritz Weaver looks very like Patrick McGoohan, and Julie Christie is sympathetic. All the players seem to take it entirely seriously, no matter how preposterous things get.
But the key character is really the computer, Proteus, voiced by Robert Vaughn. It is silky smooth, rational and humane in its way. Proteus is never a straightforward villain, by the end he even has a quiet dignity.
My favourite scenes are Christie huddling on the kitchen table while food sizzles on the superheated floor, and the strange rubics cube of a thing that Proteus creates in the basement, continually refolding itself, like something that no human would have conceived of.
The special effects are actually very good, with no CGI.Read more ›
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a curio of a film. mad computer wants to reproduce with unwilling assistance of Julie Christie. Robert Vaughan suitably creepy as mad computerPublished 16 months ago by Ian Patterson
Considering it has few actors in it, it's well worth the watch.Published on 30 Oct. 2014 by queenie
This is a great film based on the book by Dean Koontz, and which I think with todays technology would be ripe for an udate. Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by wolfers
what an absolute classic this film is. how has no one picked up on this for a modern day remake.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by shirley knott
Demon Seed is a futuristic film about an organic computer that takes over it's creators house with his wife stuck inside it. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays
Great film to watch and in many respects way ahead of its time. A must see if your into ScfiPublished on 11 Jun. 2013 by Mike UK11
I am sorry for late reply on this product, have not watched film yet due to fla\t being refurbished, but as i remember this product came on time and delivered in good condition.Published on 11 Mar. 2013 by gary southall