Fred Staples is a small town plant manager. When a conglomerate swallows up his business, he?s given an executive position in the new company. It turns out his promotion has more to do with leverage against his new boss?s ... more »adversary, the company?s vice president. With Fred in a battle between personal loyalty and company loyalty, PATTERNS is a story of cutthroat corporate business. Written by Twilight Zone and Night Gallery creator Rod Serling, PATTERNS is the made for Television movie based off the successful play. DVD EXTRAS: - Informative and intriguing introduction by chief film critic for the New York Post, Lou Luminick!
- Lloyd Kaufman on the depiction of "business" in Hollywood and Independent Cinema.
- Rod Serling scene from "Stuck on You" featuring Prof. Irwin Corey.
- Vincent Sherman on Hollywood and the business of blacklisting.
- Film Background and Production Notes
- A lesson from the "Make Your Own Damn Movie" DVD Box Set.
Scott Highhouse | Bowling Green, OH USA | 08/27/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Be very careful. Even though it says Van heflin on some of the ads here, you are likely to get the TV version with Kiley. The TV version is good but , if you want the movie, do some investigation. I recommend doing a google search or checking ebay, and then personally ask the seller what the running time is. If the answer is 59minutes, it's the TV show. If the answer is 83minutes, it's the movie."
GREAT FILM & A REALLY NICE TRANSFER!!
Michael C. Glancy | Clinton,OK United States | 06/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of the stories that Rod Serling won an Emmy for and I really liked it. The version contained on this dvd is the filmed version and not the live television version. The live TV version may not even exist, who knows? The audio and video on this dvd from Roan Group (RYKO Dist.) is really good. It's the best that I've seen this film look. If you're a fan of Rod Serling or you like stories that are realistic and honest, then you'll like this one. Don't miss it!!"
Michael C. Glancy | 11/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There was originally a mix-up, because customer service confuses the film version with Van Heflin with a Richard Kiley TV version. Although both are great in their own way, the film is far superior. It took me a while to straighten it out, but they finally got the order correct and shipped me the FILM.The dialogue is classic Serling -- sort of a beatnik poetry of the 50s, disguised as corporate-speak. It's one of the most involving films I've ever seen. And it's so well written, it bears repeated watching.It takes shipping 2 or 3 times to get the order right, but when you finally get the FILM version, it's worth the hassle."
John Farr | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A pure, understated masterpiece from the magic pen of Rod Serling. This story of brutal corporate politics feels every bit as relevant today. Though the DVD transfer itself is not of the highest quality, excellence in every aspect of the film more than compensates. A spare, compact, intense drama, with pitch-perfect playing."
5 star film, 3 star reproduction, so I give it 4 star status
Thomas Lapins | Orlando, Florida USA | 09/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First saw 'Patterns' on one of the movie channels. I didn't know that Searling was involved at the time, though it came as no surprise. Others have given the storyline, so I'll not go there. But the Roan dvd needs to be discussed. All the extras are a waste of time. The 1960'd psychidelic presentation has little in common with the seriousness and social statement of 'Patterns." The quality of the film is a little better than fair (I'm spoiled by the stunning transfers of other films, so I'm being a bit hard on this transfer)but with that being said, if this is all that is available, buy it if you're a Searling fan or want this film on dvd format. I would compare this to '12 Angry Men' in its intensity and insight into human nature the the human condition. It goes over the edge (actingwise) at times, but that's a minor mention. 'Patterns' is one of the great classics of America's film heritage. If you like 'Twilight Zone' you will be happy with this purchase."