Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Ninth Configuration

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD $29.95
Studio: Hen’s Tooth

The 1980 comedy-thriller cult favorite The Ninth Configuration is written and directed by William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist.

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Stacy Keach in The Ninth Configuration

It’s the final days of the Vietnam War and the Department of Defense has set up a mental hospital for soldiers in a remote castle.  To all appearances, the patients are running the asylum. But nothing here is quite what it seems.  A new psychiatrist (Stacy Keach, The Long Riders) arrives, assigned to determine if any of the vets are faking mental illness. Of particular interest to him is a distraught NASA astronaut (Scott Wilson) who aborted his mission during the final countdown.

Also featuring Jason Miller (The Exorcist), Neville Brand (TV’s Laredo), Moses Gunn (Rollerball) and Robert Loggia (Scarface) in its cast, The Ninth Configuration suspensefully (and, at times, hilariously) tackles some intriguing metaphysical issues. What is insanity in a world gone mad? Is man capable of self-sacrifice?  Is there a God or an afterlife? You tell me…

Bonus features include an audio commentary by William Peter Blatty, a featurette with critic Mark Kermode, deleted scenes and outtakes.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.