The Intruder

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The small Southern town of Caxton is about to integrate its schools, a controversial move with proponents on each side. When Adam Cramer (William Shatner) arrives, he quickly makes friends and wins over the locals. He seems to be a genuine person, but his motives for being in Caxton aren’t altruistic. Cramer has ventured to Caxton to politick against integration, even if it is the law, he seeks to rally the locals to refuse to abide, As he pushes his agenda, he convinces some of the white locals that his view is right, regardless of the law. He encourages the Ku Klux Klan to burn crosses in yards, but that plan comes back on him when an explosion results in death. Now behind bars, Cramer still pushes to continue segregation, as his supporters rally to have him released, all while the blacks in town can’t even live their lives in safety. As the tension grows and grows, will Caxton continue on with the integration or has Cramer’s plan come to fruition?

This movie brings together two of the greatest forces in the entertainment business, with Roger Corman behind the camera and William Shatner in front of it. I am a huge fan of Shatner’s unique style of acting, but believe it or not, in The Intruder, his turn is excellent. His plays his role to the hilt, with great presence and charisma. The story is strong here, but Shatner drives The Intruder with his devious performance. This movie is volatile and intense, a thriller with a grounded base that is very realistic. The race issue is used in some movies to elicit a cheap reaction, but The Intruder is sharp and intelligent. Corman’s direction is solid, as the film has tension that cranks up over time and builds to a boiling point. I do think the end is a minor disappointment, but only because of how great the lead-in is. The Intruder is a good movie and while Buena Vista’s disc isn’t widescreen, the transfer is adequate, so this disc is worth a rental.

Video: How does it look?

The Intruder is presented in full frame, which represents an open matte version of the intended 1.85:1 widescreen presentation. This is a watchable transfer, but don’t expect too much. The print shows debris and even scratches, but the image is clear, so that is good news. I’ll take some debris over softness, as detail here is good, given the material involved. The contrast performs well, so the black & white visuals come off well, with no serious concerns. This could have been a lot better, as the film deserves better, but this is still watchable.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio has held up well enough, though as you can imagine, this isn’t a release to showcase your home theater with. The materials seem to have remained clean for the most part, though a couple rough spots surface at times. But on the whole, this is a cleaner and sharper track than I had expected, so I won’t complain much. The music and sound effects come across well and don’t often distort, while dialogue is always easy to understand. As I said, a few problems could be heard here, but not enough to be that concerned about.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a nine minute interview with Roger Corman and William Shatner. Both share memories of the shoot, but there isn’t much time, so don’t expect in depth insight.

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