The Entity appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen worse than this generally positive transfer.
Sharpness appeared generally adequate, and most of the movie seemed acceptably clear and accurate. However, wide shots often came across as a little soft and fuzzy, with less-crisp definition than I'd expect.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes remained absent, but print flaws caused distractions. I witnessed specks and small marks through the film. These didn’t become a major distraction, but they cropped up on a persistent basis.
Entity went with a semi-amber/brown palette that the disc replicated in an acceptable manner. While the colors didn’t excel, they seemed fine given the nature of the visual choices.
Blacks looked deep for the most part, and low-light shots came across as fairly clear and smooth. The source flaws and the softness left this as a “C+” transfer.
The movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack fared better, as it brought a reasonably engaging mix. Though much of the audio felt subdued, the supernatural scenes brought out the elements in a vivid manner.
This meant the different spooky components popped up around the room and blended together in a satisfying manner. The score also used the various speakers nicely and meshed well.
Audio quality was perfectly acceptable. Some speech sounded a little edgy, but the lines were usually natural and concise.
Though effects tended to show their age, they were reasonably accurate. I noticed little in the way of distortion, and they offered fairly nice low-end response.
Music became the most dynamic aspect of the track, as the score pounded home during the louder scare moments and also appeared smooth and clear for the quieter moments. Though the mix showed its age, it still held up pretty well.
The Blu-ray comes with a mix of extras, and we launch with an audio commentary from film historian Daniel Kremer. The biographer of director Sidney J. Furie, Kremer offers a running discussion of Furie’s life and career as well as details related to Entity.
In a formal sense, Kremer gives us a screen-specific chat, but in truth, that doesn’t pan out. Kremer refers to the on-screen action maybe four or five times during the commentary, so he mostly sticks with information that doesn’t correspond to the action.
For the most part, Kremer gives us notes about Furie’s career, so Entity specifics become less dominant. I’d prefer a more balanced chat, especially because Kremer occasionally lurches into fairly superfluous tangents, but he still offers a reasonably good talk.
A few video programs follow, and we get an Interview with Actor Barbara Hershey. In this 19-minute, 29-second piece, Hershey examines her role, her performance and other aspects of the film. Hershey provides a very good look at the topics and seems honest and informative.
A co-star appears via an Interview with Actor David Labiosa. The reel spans 13 minutes, 31 seconds and presents Labiosa’s thoughts about his career and his experiences during the Entity production. The actor offers an enjoyable take on his work.
Next comes an Interview with Composer Charles Bernstein. During this 16-minute, 59-second piece, Bernstein examines his score for the film. Bernstein brings useful insights into the music and his choices.
We also get an Interview with Editor Frank J. Urioste. This goes for 12 minutes, eight seconds and offers information about the movie’s editing as well as some spooky experiences along the way. This becomes a less substantial chat than the others, but Urioste still gives us some good notes.
The Entity Files lasts 27 minutes, 30 seconds and features parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff as he talks about the case that inspired Entity. I’d prefer a view from someone other than a self-described psychic, but Taff’s close involvement in the story makes his point of view worthwhile.
With Trailers from Hell, we get a two-minute, 19-second clip with filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. He comments as he watches the trailer for Entity. Guadagnino offers a few decent thoughts, but the segment’s too short to mean much.
Some Blu-ray staples flesh out the disc. In addition to the film’s trailer, we get two TV spots and two radio spots.
Finally, the set provides a Still Gallery. It shows 27 images that mix shots from the film and ads. It becomes a mediocre compilation.
Martin Scorsese may find The Entity to offer one of the scariest movies ever made, but I can’t agree. While the film starts well, it gets less and less effective as it goes, all as it builds toward a fairly ludicrous climax. The Blu-ray brings adequate visuals as well as pretty good audio and a mix of largely informative supplements. Though The Entity comes with some good moments, Poltergeist provides a much more effective version of its themes.