Blu-ray review | The Fury (1978) | Brian De Palma’s underrated telekinetic terror deserves a revisit

The Fury (1978)THE STORY
Discovering she has psychic powers, teenager Gillian (Amy Irving) volunteers to attend a research clinic, which turns out to be under the control of an intelligence organisation, headed by Ben Childress (John Cassavetes), who want to turn her gift into a weapon. Using her powers, Gillian then helps Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) find his telepathic son Robin (Andrew Stevens), who has also been kidnapped by the nefarious Childress…

Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving in The FuryTHE LOWDOWN
Although The Fury didn’t take the box-office by storm on its release in 1978, Brian De Palma‘s telekinetic thriller has a lot going for it. You’ve got Hollywood heavyweight Kirk Douglas as the often-shirtless hero Peter (he looks amazingly fit at 61), John Cassavetes (of Rosemary’s Baby fame) as the villainous Childress, and the future Mrs Steven Spielberg, Amy Irving, as the terrified teen Gillian – who helps Peter search for his son, who is being brainwashed and seduced by a wicked temptress played by the excellent Fiona Lewis.

Featuring one of the best-ever scores from composer John Williams, some great make-up effects from the legendary William Tuttle, and some of De Palma’s most outstanding cinematic flourishes, The Fury sounds and looks brilliant in this newly-restored print and is so deserving of critical reappraisal and a revisit.

cassTHE ARROW VIDEO RELEASE
Arrow Video‘s 35th-anniversary edition comes with a selection of new special features and bonus material (listed below), as well as an in-depth collector’s booklet.

Blood on the Lens – A revealing interview with cinematographer Richard H Kline.
Spinning Tales – A rare interview with actress Fiona Lewis.
The Fury, A Location Journal – A hugely enjoyable behind-the-scenes interview with former intern (now film director) Sam Irvin.
• Original archive interviews from the 1978 promotional tour, featuring Brian De Palma, producer Frank Yablans and stars Carrie Snodgress and Amy Irving.
Double Negative – Short film tribute to Brian De Palma by Sam Irvin, starring The Phantom of the Paradise‘s William Finley
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