The Human Factor [DVD] [1975]

A flawed but interesting thriller that received a brief theatrical release before disappearing following the bankruptcy of Bryanston Pictures (an independent studio that was reportedly launched by racketeers looking to shelter the money they'd made distributing a number of pornographic features, including Deep Throat), The Human Factor finally re-emerges thanks to this DVD release from Dark Sky Films. The Human Factor has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on widescreen monitors; while the source materials are clean enough, the colors are muddy and slightly off balance, leaving the image looking indifferent at best. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, preserving the original monophonic sound mix on two tracks, and the results are good if not outstanding. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles included. As a bonus, this disc includes an interview with star George Kennedy, in which he discusses his background in show business, his acting style and his work on this film, and for the most part this digital-shot documentary looks better than the feature it accompanies. Also filling out the disc is a gallery of stills and advertising art, and a television spot advertising the movie. While there are a handful of film fans who will find The Human Factor interesting, it's hard not to wish Dark Sky had either tracked down a better looking print of this film or done a bit more work to repair the color flaws for this release.
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Overview

Special Features

  • "The Kennedy Factor: An Interview With George Kennedy"
  • TV spot
  • Still gallery

Synopsis

The Human Factor
A simple man becomes bent on violent revenge in this thriller. John Kinsdale (George Kennedy) is an American who lives with his wife and three children in Naples, Italy, where he's employed by NATO as an electronics expert. Kinsdale and his good friend Mike McAllister (John Mills) are working to bring NATO's computer systems up to date, but Kinsdale loses all interest in his work when he comes home one evening to discover his wife and kids have been brutally murdered in their home. Emotionally devastated, Kinsdale has no idea why his family has been killed until Italian investigator Dr. Lupo (Raf Vallone) learns the Kinsdales were murdered by a band of radical terrorists who are targeting the families of Americans living in Europe until their jailed comrades are released from prison. Using his computer skills, Kinsdale sets out to find the terrorists who claimed the lives of his family, and will stop at nothing to get the justice he demands. Featuring a score by Ennio Morricone, The Human Factor was the final directorial credit for veteran filmmaker Edward Dmytryk. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • George Kennedy
    George Kennedy - John Kinsdale
  • John Mills
    John Mills - Mike McAllister
  • Raf Vallone
    Raf Vallone - Dr. Lupo
  • Arthur Franz
    Arthur Franz - Gen. Fuller
  • Rita Tushingham
    Rita Tushingham - Janice
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