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Cape Fear [DVD] [1962]

  • SKU: 4247185
  • Release Date: 09/18/2001
  • Rating: NR
This edition of Cape Fear may not have everything, but nobody will come away disappointed with this Universal DVD release of the taut suspensor. The widescreen letterbox dual-layer transfer was struck from a very clean print; the print has some minor scratches on it but nothing that is too obtrusive. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track is pristine and showcases Bernard Herrmann's knock-out score. There are a few extras, the best of which is an original "making of" documentary. Better than the average DVD featurette, it basically contains edited interviews with star/producer Gregory Peck and director J. Lee Thompson. Both men are charming and Thompson displays cheeky good humor as he talks about the production in general, star Robert Mitchum in particular, how Hitchcock inspired him, the issue of censorship, and his positive view of the Cape Fear remake. It's an entertaining and educational featurette but it would've been wise to balance the memories of these two people with archival interview material with other members of the cast and crew, particularly Mitchum. During the Great Depression, the future actor was incarcerated as a teenage hobo in Georgia (where location shooting took place) and put into a chain gang. His crime was homelessness and the state got free labor out of prisoners at a time when unemployment ran rampant. Mitchum never forgot this injustice and was none too happy to be back in Georgia. Supposedly, the grudge he held about it colored his chilling portrayal of a brilliant, charming sociopath who feels he was wronged. His grounded, understated performance is far more chilling than anything Robert De Niro did in the worthy remake. The disc also includes the theatrical trailer, production notes, a poster gallery, biographies, and a rather paltry photo album.
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    Cape Fear
    After an eight-year prison term for rape and assault, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is set free. Immediately making a beeline to Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the former prosecutor responsible for Cady's conviction, Cady laconically informs Sam that he intends to "pay back" the attorney for his years behind bars. Conducting a meticulous campaign of terror, Cady is careful to stay within the law. Sam, realizing that Cady intends to wreak vengeance by raping the attorney's wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter (Lori Martin), tries to put the ex-criminal behind bars, but has no grounds to do so. Chief Dutton (Martin Balsam) tries to help Sam with a few strong-arm tactics, but succeeds only in having the courts take Cady's side in the matter. Things come to a head when Sam moves his family to the "safety" of a remote houseboat on Cape Fear river. Cady shows up unannounced and is about to ravage Bowden's wife and daughter and when Sam turns the tables. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gregory Peck
      Gregory Peck - Sam Bowden
    • Robert Mitchum
      Robert Mitchum - Max Cady
    • Polly Bergen
      Polly Bergen - Peggy Bowden
    • Lori Martin
      Lori Martin - Nancy
    • Martin Balsam
      Martin Balsam - Chief Dutton



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic Film, Far above average Blu-Ray

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      filmfan746457
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      Original 1960's version of Cape Fear is far superior to the 90's remake. Filmed in black and white, it looks FANTASTIC on blu-ray. Starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum as the villain. Film is A+, picture quality is a solid A, the only thing lacking on the blu-ray are extra features. It just has a couple of old extras in Standard Definition, and even the TRAILER is in 480i. So clearly all of this was just ported over from an old DVD. However the picture quality of the film itself if marvelous, and well worth it - particularly considering this title is frequently sub $10.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Suspenseful!

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      nygirl
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      This film is enhanced by great writing, amazing performances from Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, and good pacing. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better than the Remake

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      Dinger2
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      I love the old school feel of the old movies being in black & white. It gives it the perfect background and feel for the movie. This is better than the remake.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A good late-period noir

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      BluBuff
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      The main reason to see this film is Robert Mitchum. He turns in one of his finest performances. The blu-ray transfer is very good, too. Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice classic at great price

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      rhodester25
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      In many ways this is a superior film to the popular Scorsese/DeNiro remake and for the right price I was glad to add it to my collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The original is the best!!!

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      JRM33
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      Cape Fear on blu ray is great, awesome picture quality, its a great movie with even better actors, they don't make movies like this anymore.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic

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      killjoke
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      classic movie dark not as twisted as the martin scorsese remake but an a original film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic

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      BurntPopcorn
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      One of the best thrillers that I've ever seen. Great performances.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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