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Frantic [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 3485927
  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Rating: R
A fun Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) thriller starring Harrison Ford, Frantic was clearly one of the first DVDs that Warner Brothers ever put on the market. The film not only has no extras, but it's not even widescreen. The full-screen standard transfer looks like the same one used when creating the VHS, with slightly sharper resolution thanks to the DVD technology. The sound in Dolby Surround isn't digital and is only available in English. There are no theatrical trailers, production notes, bios, or interactive screens. Warner Brothers' interest in releasing this disc must have been purely experimental -- testing out the new DVD format with some of its less popular titles.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)


    Following the disastrous Pirates (1986), director Roman Polanski got back on creative track with this finely-wrought thriller that, while failing to impress at the box office, was nevertheless his most critically well-received film of the decade. Harrison Ford stars as Richard Walker, an American doctor who has come to Paris, where he's scheduled to deliver a paper to a medical conference. Richard has brought along his wife Sondra (Betty Buckley), because Paris was the site of their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Sondra picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, which leads to her kidnapping and an ever-more complicated quest that takes Richard into the seedy and dangerous underworld of European drug smuggling and terrorist arms sales. Along the way, he is rebuffed by skeptical officials at the American Embassy and meets Michelle (Emmanuelle Seigner), a sexy courier who agrees to help him in exchange for the money she's owed for trafficking in narcotics. Playing cleverly on American fears about Europe's Byzantine politics and "decadent" society, Frantic received, from many observers, perhaps the greatest compliment possible for a thriller, comparison to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Harrison Ford
      Harrison Ford - Dr. Richard Walker
    • Emmanuelle Seigner
      Emmanuelle Seigner - Michelle
    • Betty Buckley
      Betty Buckley - Sondra Walker
    • John Mahoney
      John Mahoney - Williams
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      Jimmie Ray Weeks - Shaap

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      solid but unspectacular


      Polanski's most commercial film following his exile in France. Ford plays an American doctor whose wife vanishes not long after they arrive in France. His maddening search for her leads him to a mysterious woman (Emmanuelle Seigner, who later became Mrs. Polanski) who holds the key to his wife's disappearance. Ford's great performance proves that he was more than an action hero. The only thing keeping this thriller from achieveing classic status is the weak, undefined villains, who make this film surprisingly less intense than expected given Polanski's real-life experience with this sort of ordeal.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Okay movie

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      Enjoyed the movie but it was not such a great movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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