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The Wages of Fear (2-DVD)

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The Wages of Fear (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Video Interviews with Assistant Director Michel Romanoff and Henri-Georges Clouzot Biographer Marc Godin
  • Interview with Yves Montand from 1988
  • Documentary: Henry-Georges Clouzot: The Enlightened Tyrant
  • 24-Page Booklet
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: October 18, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: This is a new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Has new and improved English subtitle translation.
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
    • Interviews:
      1. Michel Romanoff - Assistant Director
      2. Henri-Georges Clouzout & Biographer Marc Godin
      3. Archival Interview with Yves Montand
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Essay: by novelist Dennis Lehane.

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by &
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Art Direction by
Produced by &
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Cannes 1953 - Best Actor: Charles Vanel
Cannes 1953 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh100%

Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 8,693
Rating: 5/5 -- Hitch's bomb-under-the-table suspense formula burnished to an expert sheen. Full Review
Time Out
Dec 6, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- The actual driving scenes are full of suspense and bit of humour. You can tell Clouzot has fun putting the viewer in a false sense of security. Full Review
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Mar 15, 2018
A harrowing odyssey of four derelicts inching two trucks loaded with nitro-glycerine over a tortuous terrain puts this in the strong meat department with a downbeat theme of fear and its manifestations. Full Review
Mar 1, 2007
Rating: A -- Anti-capitalist exciting existential adventure film. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 25, 2013
The Wages of Fear will keep you tipped forward on the I edge of your seat, your palms sweaty and your heart thumping wildly. Full Review
Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News
Jul 16, 2019
A reeking bandana movie, with all the expected thrills, but a vision of men as scurrying insects with no redeeming features. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
A masterpiece of cruel suspense. Full Review
May 31, 2018

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In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France's legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Product Description:

Made two years before his slightly better known DIABOLIQUE, Henri-Georges Clouzot's nail-biter of a suspense film is the story of four broke and desperate men stranded in Latin America. Eager for a way out of their respective situations, they accept an American oil company's impossibly dangerous offer to transport two truckloads of nitroglycerin across hazardous jungle terrain. Remade by William Friedkin as SORCERER in 1977.

Plot Synopsis:

Henri Georges Clouzot directed this tense and suspenseful drama about four men so desperate for freedom that they willingly risk their lives to deliver a dangerous cargo.
In a small, isolated, hot and dusty Central American village, there's only one thing to do: dream of getting out. An opportunity for escape presents itself -- but only to those with nerves of steel. An American oil company has offered to pay big bucks to get two trucks filled with nitroglycerin over to a well fire. The catch: the unpaved terrain contains enough bumps and crags to make the unstable material explode... and instantly kill the driver. Nonetheless, the company has many applicants hungry for work, and a quartet of the coolest are chosen. But even these stalwart men will discover that fear of their deadly payload can ignite even the most frozen emotions.


Production Notes:

  • The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection. It is full-length, restoring an additional 43 minutes of footage. It also includes the original theatrical trailer.
  • Winner, Best Film, Berlin Film Festival.

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  • UPC: 037429203224
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