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Strange, unsettling sci-fi
on 4 January 2016
Seconds is a relatively slow moving but suspenseful sci-fi psychodrama - it sits nicely alongside director John Frankenheimers other paranoid thrillers of the period (as Kim Newman points out in the featurette included on this release).
Based on the novel by David Ely, it focuses on a middle aged man, unhappy with his lot in life who is approached by a mysterious group know only as the "Company". Through rather dramatic surgery they can give our guy a crack at a new life. It starts well as he comes out looking rather like Rock Hudson - there may be trouble ahead though.....
Populated by strange, often sinister characters, it all plays out amidst an eerie and unsettling atmosphere. Shot with a bit of style, including some odd camera angles and jarring close ups, it's an enjoyable paranoid thriller of its time, becoming more than the extended Twilight Zone episode that the initial premise suggests.
The disc is decent as it features two commentaries - from Frankenheimer himself and film critic Adrian Martin - alongside the aforementioned 20 minute chat with the ever interesting/informative Kim Newman.