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Ministry of Fear (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: March 12 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00AQ6J536
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Fritz lang the famous german director who left europe as well as Hitchcock(who also was trained/learned his trade in Germany)became famous for his films Metropolis and M. M the spy tale probably caught the eye of the producer of this film who write the screenplay and Lang took on the project though the script was not to his liking or the original author's. Here we have a criterion film collection and the print is in excellent condition although as one commentator remarks(the only one) there is not much bonus material more or less a few comments comparing Lang and Hitchcock the latter was not as well respected for his work in England. This seems odd and we dont know whether it was his work in Germany where he was taught his trade but proposed works like The War of the Worlds and Our Man in Havana eventually were made by others. The much celebrated work Our Man in Havana, by the same author and fellow catholic as the author od this piece, turned down his overture and publicly expressed in England during the 30's his disdain for Hitchcock's work The Secret Agent which he felt did not elevate the work to a cinematic level. However laNG ALSO COMING AND TRAINED IN EUROPE and at this time directing such films as Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street and Cloak and Dagger does an admirable job with the script which did not meet expectations. There not much you can do when the producer writes it, and the first scene where we see a man being released from a mental ward, the hunt, a later murder, the scenes with children and a cake, like a children's birthday party with a surprise thrown in are wonderfully recreated and show why the war was one of the ladies in the cake scenes shows "for a good cause.Read more ›
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This film was my first introduction to Lang and I am very happy that I chose this film. The contrast of the simplicity of the characters contrasted by the complexity and ambiguity of the plot makes for a very entertaining and even tense film.
There is a brilliant use of lighting and subversion. You are never sure until the end who is whom. You are never sure until the end what part each person plays and even at the end there is still a tiny bit of doubt. I very much enjoy films that do that and they are RARE.
This film gets a place in my top shelf films. I have heard that this is a "minor" Lang production. I can't wait to see his majors!
I highly recommend it to any and every film buff!
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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!
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By Keith Smyth TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion-lite -- but Excellent May 17 2013
By Bruce Eder - Published on
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The Criterion Collection has licensed Fritz Lang's MINISTRY OF FEAR from Universal, and while they haven't given this picture first-cabin treatment -- there's no wall-to-wall commentary, and the only video supplements are a talk by a Lang biographer and the movie trailer -- it is well put together, and the picture looks and sounds great; I saw this in a theater just a couple of years ago, and the DVD compares well to the 35mm print shown at New York's Film Forum. The menu is easy to use, and the discussion about Lang and the movie is informative, especially in resolving differences between the movie and Graham Greene's original novel (Greene didn't like the movie adaptation). As for the film, it's a keeper -- perhaps not the best of Lang's wartime output (Scarlet Street, Man Hunt), but just below those in quality, and certainly superior to some of his other thrillers of his era (Cloak And Dagger).
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4.0 out of 5 stars "My instructions are these: What you want is the cake." Jan. 7 2013
By H. Bala - Published on
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What a curious film is 1944's MINISTRY OF FEAR, with its persistent excursions into the peculiar. It's a World War II spy thriller and based on Graham Greene's novel. Acclaimed director and German expatriate Fritz Lang has remarked that MINISTRY OF FEAR isn't one of his favorite works. But there's no doubting the film's ability to pique the viewer's interest. Watching this thing, the viewer will at least scratch his head several times.

It's even fitting that our protagonist is an Englishman who'd just finished serving a two year stint in the Lembridge Asylum for killing his wife, except that Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) pleads extenuating circumstances. Today, even though England is being bombed with frightening frequency by the Luftwaffe, he just wants to re-enter society and blend in like regular folks. He shouldn't have gone to that charity fair being conducted by old dowager volunteers. But Stephen Neale was waiting to catch a train, and he had time to kill.

In the fair he's coaxed into having his fortune read by a palm reader who proceeds to deliver a cryptic message: "My instructions are these: What you want is the cake." The rest of the instructions allow Neal to win a weight-guessing game, the prize of which is a cake. What sort of cake? Why, a McGuffin cake.

Ray Milland wears perplexity pretty well, and this suits the film ideally. His character's muddling thru is marked by frequent bouts of bafflement. The kernel of the plot concerns his efforts to expose a spy ring. Except that Stephen Neale is a rank amateur in this atmospheric game of intrigue. Along the way, he stumbles onto a seance, is accused of murder, and, yes, is assaulted and repeatedly shot at over the cake he'd won by mistake. Turns out, the loony bin was a whole lot safer.

MINISTRY OF FEAR is a moody and underrated mystery thriller, and maybe it's underrated because of the offbeat turns the plot takes. Credit Fritz Lang's knack for stringing along the audience. I liked the story's unpredictability. Lang massages that bump of paranoia until I wasn't sure whom I could trust onscreen. There is no dearth of untrustworthy characters. Even those amicable Austrian siblings, Carla (Marjorie Reynolds) and Willi (Carl Esmond), who elect to assist Stephen Neale in his improbable task, I gazed at them all askance. The sinister Dan Duryea is also here. As far as Dan Duryea is concerned, heck, probably even his mother looked at him with suspicion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anti-Nazi films from director Fritz Lang April 29 2013
By Dr. Ronald Schwartz - Published on
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Based upon a Graham Greene novel, MINISTRY OF FEAR has Ray Milland starring as a released inmate from a remote state asylum for supposedly murdering his wife, Milland totally walks into a local fair, buys a cake meant for Dan Duryea (which contains some piece of microfilm useful to Nazi infiltrators in London,) attends a seance run by Hilary Brooke (who looks fantastically beautiful), bolts from the seance when Duryea is killed and is chased throughout the film by Nazi sympathizers. He manages to find love with Marjorie Reynolds, a blonde beauty with a terrible Austrian accent but I won't reveal the ending. Clocks, circles, doors play a central role in the mise-en-scene. There is some clever camera work throughout this b&w film beautifully mounted by Paramount Pictures in 1943. The conclusion is a stunner. But the truly great Lang films, M and DR. MABUSE show off Lang's pictorial style better than some of his later sound work. I would recommend also seeing SCARLET STREET, WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE as 5 star American films made by Lang and all available at amazon.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (BLU RAY REVIEW) 4 1/2 stars for a Fritz Lang spy thriller July 14 2013
By M. Oleson - Published on
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There may be spoilers.

I remember getting a pretty good deal on this Criterion Blu ray edition of this Fritz Lang directed film. Although I had never seen it before, I will pretty much see anything with Lang's name attached, especially when he's in charge. The setting is England smack dab in the middle of WW II and the Nazi's are bombing the hell out of the place. Stephen Neale is about to be released from the "asylum" where he was placed after his implication in his wife's death. We are not sure early on what happened but it comes out in bits and pieces as the story develops.

Before getting on a train to London where he will get a fresh start (dodging bombs I guess) Neale stops for a charity event near the station. He's persuaded to guess the weight of a large cake which he correctly guesses thanks to a fortune teller who gives him the answer. Alas the fortune teller gave the information to the wrong man. After Neale boards the train, complete with cake in hand, he is joined in his compartment by a supposed blind man. As it turns out the blind man isn't what he seems. As a quick aside this is the first time I've ever heard anyone pronounce Nazi as Nazee rather than Natzy. Sorry.

The blind man is just the first in a series of misdirection involving people and who they may or may not be. While it is certainly not difficult to identify the bad guys for most viewers of this stylized type thriller, there is enough illusion to keep you guessing. As Neale runs after the man who took his cake, a Nazi bomb drops on the guy as well as the cake. So what's going on here?

After getting to London, Neale hires a private investigator to help him figure that out beginning with the charity organization who sponsored the cake guessing contest. Eventually he meets the lovely Austrian woman, Carla Hilfe (Marjorie Reynolds) and her brother Willi (Carl Esmond) who head the organization. It turns out there are German spies afoot in England and the cake was smuggling microfilm containing British defense secrets.

Lang's use of the camera is very well done. There are some interesting scenes where the angle of the camera is tilted up or down giving the shots a different perspective. In one particular scene, as Neale is about to confront one of the bad guys at a tailor's shop, he sits next to a wall that turns out to be a wall-to-wall mirror just reflecting what he was looking at, off screen from the viewer's perspective. It had me fooled! "Ministry of Fear" was adapted from a Graham Greene novel and he was allegedly furious over the film. Lang had changed many of the elements Greene thought were critical to the story. Personally, I don't care. While this may not be the masterpiece film in Lang's body of work, it is still an excellent film by any standard.

As usual Criterion handles the transfer well. Look for a 1.37:1 aspect ratio and a 1080p resolution. Here are the notes from Criterion regarding the video:

"This new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on a Lasergraphics scanner from a 35mm safety fine-grain master. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, and jitter were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, noise reduction, and flicker.

Transfer supervisor: Lee Kline.
Colorists: Jason Crump/Metropolis Post, New York; Lee Kline."

The audio only has one option, a lossless mono. It is certainly fine for this film but has obvious limitations. Extras include a trailer, an interview with Lang biographer Joe McElhaney and a booklet containing an essay by critic Glenn Kenny.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When can we see Reviews of the DVD? Dec 28 2012
By A. W. Wilson - Published on
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Once again Amazon have placed 14 reviews some more than 10 years old, of the FILM, not the DVD which doesn't come out til March 2013. I am not knocking the excellent reviews - they really are good, but they would be more use if they related to the actual DVD. Oh, Yes, I love the film, but might wait to see what remarks are made about the quality of the DVD which usually influences any purchase I make.

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