The Mind Benders

The Mind Benders

Director: Basil Dearden Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)


One of the forgotten paranoid Cold War thrillers of the 1960s, The Mind Benders deserves to gain a new audience with this fine Anchor Bay DVD release. While not up to the brilliant level of The Manchurian Candidate or the entertainment level of The Ipcress File, the movie brims over with tense paranoia and predates the LSD-era interest in questioning how people perceive reality (the then-novel use of water immersion tanks and their effect on people is a major subplot of the movie). The movie has been digitally remastered and restored to its original widescreen aspect ratio and the Mono soundtrack is presented in well-balanced Dolby Digital. The only real DVD extra is the theatrical trailer though the disc also houses some information files of negligible worth (Anchor Bay even makes a mistake in saying that The Mind Benders influenced The Manchurian Candidate when that classic came out a year before this British psychological thriller). One of the main attractions of this intriguing movie is the exceptional lead performance from Dirk Bogarde; this DVD is also included in a budget-priced box set that is centered on the renowned naturalistic actor.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2001
UPC: 0013131157994
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:49:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.66:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dirk Bogarde bio; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Dr. Henry Longman
Mary Ure Oonagh Longman
John Clements Maj. Hall
Michael Bryant Dr. Tate
Wendy Craig Annabelle
Edward Fox Stewart
Harold Goldblatt Prof. Sharpey
Geoffrey Keen Calder
Terry Palmer Norman
Norman Bird Aubrey
Roger Delgado Dr. Jean Bonvoulois
Terry Alexander Coach
Timothy Beaton Paul
Christopher Ellis Peer
Edward Palmer Porter
Robin Hawdon Student in Oxford
Philip Ray Father
Pauline Winter Mother
Elizabeth Counsell Girl Student on Station
Anthony Singleton Boy Student on Station

Technical Credits
Basil Dearden Director
Georges Auric Score Composer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Harry Frampton Makeup
John Guthridge Editor
James Kennaway Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Michael Relph Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:03]
2. Suicidal Leap [4:28]
3. Official Inquiries [3:50]
4. Effects of Isolation [8:24]
5. Unannounced Visit [3:45]
6. Dr. Henry Longman [6:09]
7. The Lab [5:01]
8. The Man From the Ministry [5:55]
9. The Experiment Begins [4:07]
10. Major Hall's Report [3:34]
11. Mind Benders [3:56]
12. Malicious Lies [4:36]
13. Re-Awakening [5:43]
14. Awkward Reunion [3:59]
15. A Change of Seasons [4:40]
16. Annabelle [2:54]
17. Mrs. Longman's Shame [6:21]
18. Trysting House [2:07]
19. Playing the Tape [3:27]
20. Naked Truth [5:35]
21. Indestructible Instincts [4:08]
22. Bitter Reconciliation [2:40]
23. Adam and Eve [8:50]
24. Full Recovery [2:56]

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