Experiment In Terror

Experiment In Terror (1962)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Cast: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Ross Martin, Stefanie Powers
Extras: Bonus Trailers

ces for many reasons and ’Experiment In Terror’ is no exception, not in the least because it is a black and white movie. As a result, many film fans will never get to see the greatness of many of these films that defined the genre in their days – like ’Experiment In Terror.’

The film is a taut story of a man who is stalking bankteller Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) to make her his accomplice in stealing $100, 000 from the bank she’s working at. Creating a regime of fear and terror that gradually builds, he tries to intimidate his victim so much that she would never even consider talking to the police. But Kelly Sherwood finds a way to talk to the FBI without his knowing and with the help of agent Ripley (Glenn Ford) they begin making plans to bring down this ruthless killer.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is presenting ’Experiment In Terror’ in a widescreen presentation on this DVD that is enhanced for 16×9 TV sets .The image is very good throughout without notable defects or blemishes. No grain is evident and the image is revealing a good deal of detail and definition throughout. Edges are sharp and well delineated but never marred by edge-enhancement, while blacks are deep and solid. The contrast of the transfer is very good, giving the image plenty of gradients to work with.

The DVD comes with the movie’s original mono audio track in Dolby Digital, and just like the video presentation, the aural presentation is just as flawless. There is no hiss or background noise audible, and though limited in its frequency response, the track never sounds unnaturally harsh or distorted. It is a solid presentation.

No extras are found on this disc other than a few bonus trailers.

Once again Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment show that they know how to treat older movies and bring them to life again on DVD. ’Experiment In Terror’ is a superior thriller that is unsettling and highly suspenseful and once again proves that really dark thrillers were not an invention of the 90s.