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rock hudson (all that heaven allows) is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. Seconds, directed by john frankenheimer (the manchurian candidate), concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. Starting over in america, however, is not as easy as it sounds. This paranoiac symphony of canted camera angles (courtesy of famed cinematographer james wong howe), fragmented editing, and layered sound design is a remarkably risk-taking hollywood film that ranks high on the list of its legendary director�s major achievements. Special edition features � new 4k digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the blu-ray edition � audio commentary featuring director john frankenheimer � actor alec baldwin on frankenheimer and seconds � new program on the making of seconds, featuring interviews with evans frankenheimer, the director�s widow, and actor salome jens � interview with frankenheimer from 1971 � new visual essay by film scholars r. Barton palmer and murray pomerance � plus: an essay by critic david sterritt //
Rock Hudson stars in this unsettling look at second chances. Banker Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) lives a comfortable, stifling life until he is contacted by a mysterious caller offering "what every middle-aged man wants: complete freedom." Hamilton, with the help of an enigmatic corporation, fakes his own death and starts over in his new swinging-bachelor persona (now played by Rock Hudson). A change of life, though, is not just a change of scenery, and Seconds, for all its thriller aspects, contains some sad and disturbing meditations on the way we make our own prisons. Director John Frankenheimer uses skewed angles, bizarre close-ups, and fisheye lenses to underscore the film's off-kilter tension, and Rock Hudson gives a performance that is light-years removed from Pillow Talk. Well worth watching twice. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Not surprisingly this movie did not do well at the box office when it was released in 1966.
It is in no way a typical Rock Hudson film - likely the only movie where he... Read more
5 stars for the movie, 3 stars overall for Criterion.
Seconds has always been one of my favourite Sci-Fi films. Read more
So the Criterion studios does it again! This great film directed by Frankenheimer is presented in a never before seen HD quality! Read morePublished 23 months ago by sam
The core concept of this film has special relevance almost 40 years after its initial release, given recent developments in genetic engineering: Recycling of human beings, whole or... Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Robert Morris
Director John Frankenheimer, cinematographer James Wong Howe, and composer Jerry Goldsmith have each produced a body of outstanding work. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Richard E. "Nick" Noble
Originally released in 1966, nobody saw a video release until 1996, 30 years later. I had some of the disturbing images of beautiful cinematography roaming through my thoughts when... Read morePublished on April 13 2003 by Stephen Olinsky
A movie that is true to life in how many people probably really feel about their own lives...Very haunting and disturbing...DON'T miss this movie! Read morePublished on March 14 2003