Retro Review: Electric Dreams (Blu Ray)

Electric Dreams coming to UK Region Blu Ray on 30 July

Synopsis: An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman.

Review: Released back in 1984. Electric Dreams was one of many movies back then, which dealt with the advances in computer technology and took a great deal of creative license.

In this instance though. It is the only movie to date that I can think of, which involved a romantic love triangle between a Computer, its owner and the lady that lives in the apartment above.

Starring Larry Von Dohlen and Virginia Madsen the film was not an instant hit, but like with many movies back then. It found an audience in the Home Video market.

While the effects and computer graphics look very dated by todays standards. They still amuse and look really nice on this HD transfer on the film. I was watching on my 4K TV, which most likely gave the transfer a little extra oomph given that my television upscales.

Essentially the film is a romantic comedy, but with the added ingredient of a computer, which unwittingly helps shy and clumsy architect Miles Harding woo Musician Madeline Robistot via its digital renderings of her music.

The highlight moment of the film is when Madeline practices her Cello and gets accompaniment from Mile’s computer. I’ve not seen this film since 1984 and that one moment still has a huge impact.

Another great moment is when Miles tries to explain the meaning of love to the computer, which just isn’t able to understand the concept given that it is very much working on the issue from a very cold and logical stand point.

The performances from the actors is pretty solid, but it has to be said that it is Madsen’s performance that carries the bulk of the movie.

The soundtrack is provided by some of the 80’s hottest bands and artist and the song Electric Dreams by Human Leagues Phil Oakey remains memorable to this day.

Extras: The extras include three really insightful interviews with director Steve Barron, writer/co producer Rusty Lemoranoe and the films two leads Lenny Von Dohlen and Virginia Madsden.

This package is well worth picking up if you are feeling nostalgic for the feel good movies of the 80’s.

Electric Dreams will be available to buy on Blu Ray in the UK on July 30.

8.5
Electric Dreams (Blu Ray)
  • Story
    8.1
  • Acting
    9.5
  • Special Effects
    7.2
  • Extras
    9.1

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
2 Comments on this post.
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    17 July 2017 at 5:48 pm -
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    17 July 2017 at 8:43 pm -

    I have adored this movie since it was released, and it is always awesome to hear others say nice things about it, but for the love of God, man, please get an editor. Or use grammar check. Or something. PLEASE. The content of the article loses everything when sentence fragments abound, when names (Madeline’s last name, Virginia’s last name, the director’s last name) are wrong, and when other errors occur throughout.

    Here’s a freebie:

    Released in 1984, Electric Dreams was one of many movies from the early 80’s that focused on the quickly advancing world of computer technology. However, Electric Dreams took a great deal of creative license with the concept. It is the only movie to date, that I can think of, that involved a romantic love triangle between a computer, its owner, and the lady that lives in the apartment upstairs.

    Starring Larry Von Dohlen and Virginia Madsen, Electric Dreams was not an instant hit. However, like many other movies of its time, it found a larger audience through the home video market.

    While the special effects and computer graphics look very dated by today’s standards, they still amuse and look really nice on this Blu-Ray HD transfer. I reviewed this release on a 4K TV that upscales; the television most likely gave the transfer a little extra “oomph.”

    Essentially the film is a romantic comedy, but with the added ingredient of a computer. Edgar, the computer, unwittingly helps shy and clumsy architect Miles Harding woo Musician Madeline Robistat via its digital renderings of her music.

    The highlight moment of the film is when Madeline practices her cello and gets an accompaniment from Miles’ computer. I had not seen this film since 1984, but that one scene still leaves a huge impression on me.

    Another great moment occurs when Miles tries to explain the meaning of love to the computer, which just isn’t able to understand the concept given that it is very much analyzing the concept from a very cold and logical stand point.

    The performances from the actors are pretty solid, but it has to be said that it is Madsen’s performance as Madeline Robistat that carries the bulk of the movie.

    The soundtrack is provided by some of the hottest bands and artists from the 80’s; the song “Together in Electric Dreams” by the Human League’s Philip Oakey remains memorable to this day.

    Extras: The Blu-Ray release includes three very insightful interviews with director Steve Barron, writer/co producer Rusty Lemorande, and the films two leads Virginia Madsen and Lenny Von Dohlen.

    This package is well worth picking up if you are feeling nostalgic for the feel good movies of the 80’s.

    Electric Dreams will be available to buy on Blu-Ray, in the UK, on July 30.

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