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The Manchurian Candidate Blu-ray
Criterion | 1962 | 126 min | Mar 15, 2016
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Blu-ray
A US Army hero returns to New York from Korea, but has been mysteriously programmed by Communists to assassinate a presidential nominee, but when his Army buddy becomes suspicious of the goings on, he is on the trail to stop him.
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writers: George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer, Richard Condon
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory
The Manchurian Candidate
The name John Frankenheimer became forever synonymous with heart-in-the-throat filmmaking when this quintessential sixties political thriller was released. Set in the early fifties, this razor-sharp adaptation of the novel by Richard Condon concerns the decorated U.S. Army sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), who as a prisoner during the Korean War is brainwashed into being a sleeper assassin in a Communist conspiracy, and a fellow POW (Frank Sinatra) who slowly uncovers the sinister plot. In an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance, Angela Lansbury plays Raymond's villainous mother, the controlling wife of a witch-hunting anti-Communist senator with his eyes on the White House. The rare film to be suffused with Cold War paranoia while also taking aim at the frenzy of the McCarthy era, The Manchurian Candidate remains potent, shocking American moviemaking.
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary from 1997 featuring director John Frankenheimer
New interview with actor Angela Lansbury
New piece featuring filmmaker Errol Morris discussing his appreciation for The Manchurian Candidate
Conversation between Frankenheimer, screenwriter George Axelrod, and actor Frank Sinatra from 1988
New interview with historian Susan Carruthers about the Cold War brainwashing scare
STREET DATE: MARCH 15.