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The Manchurian Candidate

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The Manchurian Candidate
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DVD Features:

  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 24, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Dual Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.75
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - French
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Production Interviews: Frank Sinatra - Star, George Axelrod - Producer, John Frankenheimer - Director
    • Audio Commentary: John Frankenheimer - Director
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 31,307
An unstable compound of science fiction, political satire and murder which fails to explode. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 31, 2019
"The Manchurian Candidate" is striking in its hard edge. This is not a slick, subtle dissection of modern politics. This is a fist to the face. Full Review
CraveOnline
Jun 3, 2016
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying. Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
Rating: 4/5 -- Don't bother with Jonathan Demme's toothless 2004 remake; the rereleased classic cold war thriller from 1962 by John Frankenheimer packs a harder punch. Full Review
Guardian
Apr 16, 2010
Rating: A -- [VIDEO ESSAY] John Frankenheimer directs with a distinctive complexity of visual depth and a surreal tone of lurking menace. Full Review
ColeSmithey.com
Sep 30, 2012
...Easily the best and most complex of all Cold War thrillers...
Total Film
Jan 1, 2001
...It looked good then; it looks even better now....[Sinatra] is extremely moving...
Film Comment
Nov 1, 1987

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.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 22,846
  • UPC: 027616701329
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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