The Manchurian Candidate [DVD] [1962]

A brilliant movie that successfully straddles the lines between suspense, black comedy, politics, romance, and social commentary, The Manchurian Candidate gets a fine DVD release. The widescreen transfer shows off Lionel Lindon's striking black-and-white cinematography and the Dolby soundtrack is equal to the one used in the film's 1987 theatrical re-release. This DVD edition makes plain that even without parallels with real political assassinations and fabricated scandals, The Manchurian Candidate would succeed as a movie. Frankenheimer's no-nonsense DVD audio commentary states that the film was a balancing act between plot and character and he gives ample credit to the superb cast. The commentary is full of silent stretches, but it's refreshing to have a director speak only when he's got something to say. Frankenheimer points out the contributions made by Lindon and production designer Richard Sylbert, and contrasts Axelrod's changes to Richard Condon's book. Besides knowing when to stick with the book and when to add his own touches, Axelrod slightly reworked Condon's ending and made it infinitely more powerful. Also included on the DVD is a short 1987 interview with Frankenheimer, Axelrod, and Frank Sinatra in which the humbled singer shows off his disfigured hand that was broken during the movie's kung-fu sequence.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features


  • Interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod, and John Frankenheimer
  • Feature-length audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
  • Trivia and production notes
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis


The Manchurian Candidate

Cast & Crew


  • Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra - Bennett Marco
  • Laurence Harvey
    Laurence Harvey - Raymond Shaw
  • Janet Leigh
    Janet Leigh - Rosie
  • Angela Lansbury
    Angela Lansbury - Mrs. Iselin
  • Henry Silva
    Henry Silva - Chunjin



Customer rating

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100%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great set and great to get for Angela Lansbury!

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    conankun
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    I bought this set primarily to watch the interview with Angela Lansbury and it does not disappoint! The movie is great as always but the additional extras make this a great add-on to your collection if you do not already own it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great classic movie

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    funmatty
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    as always the criterion collection has the best classic movies. this is the best copy I have viewed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    tetz
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    Fantastic plot line and acting my Frank Sinatra and Angela Landsbury.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic 60's cold war thriller

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    MumboJumbo
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    great cast and truly eccentric film that is earily prescient for today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic film

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    lookandlisten
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    A must see. Everything about this movie is great. Buy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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