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Manchurian Candidate (Blu-ray)

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Classic US thriller directed by John Frankenheimer. When Major Marco (Frank Sinatra) returns from service in Korea, he is haunted by a recurring dream in which Congressional Medal of Honor hero Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) appears to kill two of his unit in front of an audience of Korean and Russian officials. Working for army intelligence, Marco eventually discovers that Shaw has become the unwitting pawn in a Communist conspiracy to kill an American presidential candidate. With time running out Marco is forced to go to extreme lengths to put a stop to Shaw's plans before it's too late.

Product Details

Barcode
5027035012155
Department
Movies & TV
Released
23 Feb 2015
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region B
Language
English
Studio
Arrow Academy
Number of Discs
2
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Interviews: John Frankenheimer
  • Commentary: John Frankenheimer
  • Other Documentary: 'The Directors: John Frankenheimer', 'Queen of Diamonds', 'A Little Solitaire'
Runtime
126 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Manchurian Candidate
Release Year
2004
Running Time
129 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Adaptation / Political / Theatrical Release / Thriller / War
Synopsis
Jonathan Demme updates the original 1962 John Frankenheimer classic with plenty of new paranoid twists: This time a sinister Halliburton-style corporation is behind the brainwashing of a Gulf War hero turned vice presidential nominee, Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber). Shaw's old unit commander Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) recommended him for the National Medal of Honor, though he can't remember exactly why, and his recurring nightmares drive him to uncover a massive conspiracy. Sinister forces at work include shifty-eyed bodyguards, a love interest with questionable motives (Kimberly Elise), and Raymond's domineering senator mother (Meryl Streep). Demme infuses the proceedings with enough paranoia and uncomfortable close-ups to rival his 1991 Oscar-winner, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Layered sound, overlapping dialogue, and creepy cinematography by Tak Fujimoto (who also worked on LAMBS) further heighten the uneasiness. Demme regulars Roger Corman, Charles Napier, Paul Lazar, and Tracey Walter show up in bit parts as usual. Comedian Al Franken is a welcome face as a TV correspondent, and quirky indie rocker Robyn Hitchcock plays one of the brainwashing specialists. Needless to say, Denzel is superb. Streep is terrifying and hilarious as the maniacal Mrs. Shaw. As with the original (which focused on communist instead of terrorist fear-mongering), the events depicted here are doubly unsettling considering their uncanny resemblance to real-life politics at the time of this film's theatrical release.
Cast & Crew
Director
Jonathan Demme
Star
Meryl Streep / Denzel Washington / Kimberly Elise / Ted Levine / Liev Schreiber / Jon Voight / Jeffrey Wright
Screenwriter
George Axelrod / Dean Georgaris / Daniel Pyne
Source Writer
Richard Condon / Author: Richard Condon
Composer
Wyclef Jean / Rachel Portman
Executive Producer
Scott Aversano
Producer
Jonathan Demme / Ilona Herzberg / Scott Rudin / Tina Sinatra
Director of Photography
Tak Fujimoto
Editor
Carol Littleton / Craig McKay
Production Designer
Kristi Zea
Costume Designer
Albert Wolsky
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] scary summer flick about mind control and corporate conspiracy."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (6 Aug 2004, p.56)
Los Angeles Times
"[An] exceptionally intelligent entertainment and a high point of director Jonathan Demme's career."
Kenneth Turan (30 Jul 2004, p.E1)
Rolling Stone
"All hell breaks loose as Demme catches the audience in a vise of churning suspense and corrosive wit."
Peter Travers (6 Aug 2004, p.130)
Sight and Sound
"[A] strong and substantial work....[It] feels not just refreshingly vital but uncannily topical."
Stephen Dalton (1 Dec 2004, p.55-6)
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith the excellent Liev Schreiber cast as the political candidate whose past as a hero of the Gulf War isn't what it appears."
Richard Houldsworth (1 Aug 2007, p.87)
Uncut
"Intelligent and engrossing....Demme's movie shares more of a kindred spirit with documentaries like FAHRENHEIT 9/11 than with its big-budget studio peers."
Stephen Dalton (1 Dec 2004, p.176)