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The Manchurian Candidate [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: May 10 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LORX5G

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You will never find a more chillingly suspenseful, perversely funny, or viciously satirical political thriller than The Manchurian Candidate, based on the novel by Richard Condon (author of Winter Kills). The film, withheld from distribution by star Frank Sinatra for almost a quarter century after President Kennedy's assassination, has lost none of its potency over time. Former infantryman Bennet Marco (Sinatra) is haunted by nightmares about his platoon having been captured and brainwashed in Korea. The indecipherable dreams seem to center on Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), a decorated war hero but a cold fish of a man whose own mother (Angela Lansbury, in one of the all-time great dragon-lady roles) describes him as looking like his head is "always about to come to a point." Mrs. Bates has nothing on Lansbury's character, the manipulative queen behind her second husband, Senator John Iselin (James Gregory), a notoriously McCarthyesque demagogue. Digital video disc extras include interviews with Sinatra, producer George Axelrod, and director John Frankenheimer, and audio commentary by Frankenheimer. --Jim Emerson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 18 2004
Format: DVD
During the Korean War a platoon was mislead and abducted for nefarious purposes. This was well planned as there was only one person in the platoon that would serve further purpose SSgt. Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) and was already in a position needed for the future. The rest of the platoon is used to support a story to help Raymond get the Congressional Metal of Honor

One other in the platoon Cap. /Maj. Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) finally realizes what happed and is in a position to thwart the plot this is because he is with Army Intelligence. As with real life luck would have it that he is assisted be a quirky woman who sees his potential and dumps her old beau for the new challenge.

What is the plot and will it succeed?

Or will Marco be able to foil it?

Who is the mysterious American Control?

Who are we supposed to root for?

Watch as the story unfolds and remember they can not hear you when you say "Watch out!"


I was shocked to see Angela Lansbury, "Murder She Wrote" not being quite as nice as I remember her. A real advantage was not recognizing Laurence Harvey from anywhere and so this did not distract from his acting.

I really enjoyed watching this just as a movie and not trying to make any connections to underlying messages. But I was really surprised to find out who the American control was. And so much for the theory that you can't be forced to do anything that is not within your nature. I was surprised to the last.

With out the immediate threat of the cold war the movie still holds suspense for us. John Candy did a parody of this in the movie "Volunteers"
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I don't think I can add much to the praise already heaped upon the movie itself except to say that all of it is richly deserved. It is one of the most brilliantly conceived, written and executed movies I have seen in a long time. I wish I had discovered it years ago. The acting is mostly top-notch, as is the lighting, set designs and editing. The dialogue, though wordy in spots, is always focused on manipulating the suspense and creating a reasonably believable situation (with one intriguing exception which may not be an exception at all, see below). The goal of the movie is not to keep you guessing at what is going on as much as it is to keep you guessing at how it will play out. This it does masterfully.
The only gripe I have is not with the movie but with the commentary supplied by the director, John Frankenheimer. Commentaries are often my favourite part of a DVD. Surely, in a movie of this complexity, there must be a thousand insightful and instructive stories but, for some reason, they mostly go untold. There are so many spots in the movie where you desperately want him to tell you something about the character or the actor or the difficulty in staging the shot or 'something' of interest but he says nothing of consequence or, more often, he says nothing at all. With about 20 minutes to go in the film, he finally gets into some informative details but by then it's too little, too late.
What I found most annoying was his virtual silence during the first scene between Janet Leigh and Sinatra where they trade off a long string of seemingly disconnected sentences. His only comment was that most people found this dialogue a little odd. Gee, no kidding! Taken at face value, the dialogue has ostensibly no bearing on the rest of the movie.
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By Virgil on July 17 2004
Format: DVD
The Manchurian Candidate is a John Frankenheimer directed film set in the middle of the cold war. A group of US soldiers is captured and then brainwashed by the North Koreans and returned to the US lines. Members of the patrol begin to have strange dreams which are in reality the repressed memories of their brainwashing technique.
The crux of the story is the manipulation of one of the soldiers [Shaw] by his mother who's marriage to a McCarthy like senator hides the fact she is really a communist plant. The patrol's commander, played by Frank Sinatra in a fine performance, slowly pieces togther what occurred behind North Korean lines.
Manchurian Candidate predates the Kennedy assasination and the assasination itself was a key reason that the film was later taken out of circulation until the 1980's. A masterpiece of paranoia and political intrigue, The Manchurian Candidate set the tone for a slew of like minded conspiracy films none an finely made or anywhere near as chilling. Both Sinatra and Angela Landsbury in the role of Shaw's mother, put in very fine performances.
Highly recommended.
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Format: DVD
"The Manchurian Candidate" was a product of its era that has managed to transcend the era that produced it. This political satire and thriller captures the sense of paranoia that existed in America during the 50's and early 60's. Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Harvey, Angela Lansbury and James Gregory all give top notch performances in John Frankenheimer's classic film of Richard Condon's novel.
A platoon of soliders are betrayed by their military guide and captured by the North Koreans during the Korean War. Their subjected to mind control techniques to make one of them the perfect assassin. When they return home, the platoon's captain (Sinatra)begins having nightmares where his Sgt. Shaw (Harvey)kills two of his men in cold blood. In these dreams they are surrounded by the enemy in a lecture hall being conditioned for the mind control experiments. It's clear that the Sgt. has been conditioned to become a "sleeper" agent--impossible to detect because he doesn't know that he's now an agent for a foreign power. Additionally, Shaw's mother (Lansbury)uses the concerns over communists in the US government to launch her husband's (Gregory)bit to be put on the ticket for the vice-presidency.
This new edition comes with two featurettes. The first features director William Freidkin ("The French Connection", "The Exorcist", "To Live and Die in L.A.")in an appreciation of Frankenheimer's career. Freidkin discusses how "The Manchurian Candidate" broke with the conventions of political thrillers of the time. The second features 15 minute interview with Angela Lansbury about working on the film.
The animated menus is also new and the features from the first disc including Frakenheimer's marvelous commentary track are kept in tact.
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