The Manchurian Candidate (Blu-ray) PG-13

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Note: Exclusive interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod and John Frankenheimer
    • Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
    • Queen of Diamonds featurette
    • A Little Solitaire featurette
    • How to Get Shot
    • Original theatrical trailer
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.75
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish

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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
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
John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film is a masterpiece of Cold War paranoia, where the square-jawed military hero Raymond Shaw is brainwashed to become a Soviet sleeper agent.
The Atlantic
Jun 5, 2020
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
...THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE proves that its fascination is intact...
Los Angeles Times
Jan 12, 1988
...Easily the best and most complex of all Cold War thrillers...
Total Film
Jan 1, 2001

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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  • Sales Rank: 2,288
  • UPC: 883904232056
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