Phenomenon [DVD] [1996]

Jon Turteltaub's supernatural drama Phenomenon comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers. This disc is a bit expensive considering its lack of extras, but the picture and sound quality are very good.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features

  • French language track
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Chapter search

Synopsis

Phenomenon
Director Jon Turteltaub followed up the hit While You Were Sleeping (1995) with this fantasy similar to Charly (1968) and a film from the previous year, Powder (1994). John Travolta stars as George Malley, a humble mechanic in a rural California town. On his 37th birthday, George celebrates at a pub with friends Nate (Forest Whitaker) and Doc (Robert Duvall), the local physician. When he steps outside, George observes a bright light in the sky that knocks him briefly unconscious. When he awakens, George has incredible intellectual powers. He checks books out of the library in armfuls, becomes an inventor, a psychic, has telekinetic powers, predicts an earthquake, and memorizes Portuguese in minutes. Using his newfound powers, George becomes a hero, but he can't totally win over the spooked townsfolk or the standoffish Lace (Kyra Sedgwick), a single mom burned by love once too often. As George's kindness breaks down Lace's reserve and a romance begins, his fame spreads, bringing him to the attention of the FBI and curious university scientists. Similarities between George's powers and the alleged benefits of Travolta's religion, Scientology, led to charges that the film was veiled pro-Scientology propaganda. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Travolta
    John Travolta - George Malley
  • Kyra Sedgwick
    Kyra Sedgwick - Lace Pennamin
  • Forest Whitaker
    Forest Whitaker - Nate Pope
  • Jeffrey DeMunn
    Jeffrey DeMunn - Professor Ringold
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Doc

Overall Customer Rating

4.8 out of 54.8
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