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Altered Minds (2013/Gravitas Ventures/EOne DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C

Michael Z. Wechsler's Altered Minds (2013) is a isolated psychological thriller starring legendary actor Judd Hirsch (Independence Day), and some fresh faces in Ryan O'Nan, C.S. Lee, Caroline Lagerfelt, Jaime Ray Newman, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Dennis Flanagan, Jake Miller, and Lily Pilblad. For being a low budget film, the look and production design aren't bad and the highlight is definitely Hirsch who plays Dr. Nathaniel Shellner - who is both the hero and the villain of the piece.

Dr. Shellner has led an extraordinary life as a Nobel prize winning psychiatrist. In his personal life, he adopted five children in addition to one of his own and all of which had bizarre and unusual upbringings. As Dr. Shellner lies on his death bed during a cold winter in New Jersey, the family convenes at the house where the Shellner and his wife raised the children for a final, bittersweet farewell to someone thought by the public as a hero. As the family gets in closer counters, the film exposes conflicts between each of them, resulting in a film that at time feels more like a play than a movie.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for the DVD format but could use a high def upgrade to help make an even stronger presentation. Otherwise, this is fine for the format.

Extras include:

Deleted Scenes

2 Audio Commentary Tracks

Director's Video Logs

If you're a fan of isolation pieces or psychological thrillers, then you may enjoy this piece.

- James Lockhart



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