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.
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