5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2000
Ray Milland again delivers a fine performance, in the tradition of "Lost Weekend" and "The Big Clock". A fine outing for Lang; his angles and lighting in this genre are second only to Herr Siodmak (Siodmak was German; Lang Austrian). Marjorie Reynolds' performance, however, is wooden, and her "Austrian" accent leaves much to be desired. Sure, she's beautiful: But her faux German accent alongside brother Willi is hideous (he's obviously a native speaker) and adds nothing to the sense of reality of the film. Scene with "blind" man on train during Nazi bombing raid is particularly gripping. True noir devotees will want this for the collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2000
Director Fritz Lang masterfully blends Nazi espionage, psychological intrigue, and dangerous romance into the 1944 noir classic Ministry of Fear. Ray Milland stars as a man wrongfully accused of murder who must prove his innocence. Stephen Neale (Milland) innocently guesses the correct weight of a cake at a charity fair and immediately becomes entangled in a series of bizarre events. Lang's suggestive use of camera angles, dark ominous lighting, and slow tracking frames provide added suspense to his mysterious sets which include: a seance, an asylum, a train car, and a book store. Probably the most innovative murder scene ever captured on film is when Carla ( Majorie Reynolds) shoots her brother Willi ( Carl Esmond) in the pitch darkness of a hotel room. Frequent noir visitor Dan Duryea appears as Mr. Travers, a well groomed tailor who actually is a Nazi spy. The film's shadowy mood pervades the context, which is a testament to Lang's creative genius. Ministry of Fear was one of the films that inspired Alfred Hitchcock to new artistic heights.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
As one can expect from the Criterion Studio, this release of Lang's war-time paranoia is a must have for all fans of the genre. The packaging is tasteful and elegant and fits nicely among other CC titles on ones shelf!
Thanks Amazon for making these titles available!
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is for Ministry of Fear (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] ASIN: B00AQ6J536.
Very good film, nice restored, but -- when I buy a blu-ray (or DVD) I'm looking for extras. This only has one 20 minute presentation by a film historian.