The Manchurian Candidate (Special Edition)

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The Manchurian Candidate (Special Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod and John Frankenheimer
  • Audio Commentary by John Frankenheimer
  • "Queen of Diamonds" Featurette with Angela Lansbury
  • "A Little Solitaire" Featurette with William Friedkin
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 13, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Collectors Edition
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.75
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Mono - English, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews: Frank Sinatra - Star; George Axelrod - Screenwriter; John Frankenheimer - Director
    • Audio Commentary: John Frankenheimer - Director
    • Behind the Scenes: Production Notes
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Featurette:
      1. "William Friedkin"
      2. "Angela Lansbury"
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos
    • Additional Text: Trivia

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh96%

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Total Count: 56

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 31,307
Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate. Full Review
Variety
May 7, 2008
Rating: 2.5/5 -- The Manchurian Candidate pops up with a rash supposition that could serve to scare some viewers half to death -- that is, if they should be dupes enough to believe it, which we solemnly trust they won't. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003
...THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE proves that its fascination is intact...
Los Angeles Times
Jan 12, 1988
Frank Sinatra excels as a Korean war vet....And Angela Lansbury is a marvel...
Rolling Stone
Aug 5, 2004
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE feels astonishingly contemporary; its astringent political satire still bites, and its story has uncanny contemporary echoes.
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 7, 2003
...It looked good then; it looks even better now....[Sinatra] is extremely moving...
Film Comment
Nov 1, 1987
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying. Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008

Description by OLDIES.com:

Eerie, shocking, daring, thrilling and mesmerizing, The Manchurian Candidate "will leave you breathless" (People)! Featuring an all-star cast, including Angela Lansbury in an Oscar-nominated performance, this "chilling and controversial" (Leonard Maltin) film "may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made" (Pauline Kael).

When a platoon of Korean War G.I.s is captured, they somehow end up at a ladies' garden club party. Or do they? Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can't remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical plot orchestrated by the utterly ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Lansbury) and involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey), her senator husband (James Gregory) and a secret cabal of enemy leaders.

Product Description:

John Frankenheimer's brilliant adaptation of Richard Condon's Cold-War satire, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is the director's best film, both a coruscating thriller and a razor-sharp satire of political hysteria that captures the turbulent mood of the 1960s. Packed with sly details, such as the liberal senator "bleeding" milk when he's shot, the film demands repeated viewings.

Laurence Harvey stars as Sergeant Raymond Shaw, whose U.S. army unit is captured while fighting in Korea, taken to Manchuria, and brainwashed by Chinese communists. The men return to the U.S. with no conscious memory of their experience, and Shaw is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery. But when Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) starts having nightmares, he begins an authorized investigation into what happened in Manchuria and eventually reveals that the sergeant's brainwashing has transformed him into an unconscious assassin who can be triggered by his communist controllers at will. Although Sinatra is slightly miscast as a tortured intellectual, Harvey and the remaining cast are excellent, as is Richard Sylbert's inventively designed "brainwashing" sequence, Lionel Lindon's extraordinary depth-of-field camerawork, and David Amram's witty, neoclassical score.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 24, 1962.
  • Shooting locations: Los Angeles and New York City.
  • The film was tied up for 25 years in a legal dispute between United Artists and Frank Sinatra, who believed the film's profits were being underreported.
  • THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
  • THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is number 67 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • Frank Sinatra wanted Lucille Ball in the mother role played by Angela Lansbury.

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