Fail Safe (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Fail Safe (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
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Fail Safe Blu-ray
Criterion | 1964 | 112 min | Not rated | Jan 28, 2020

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: LPCM Mono

English SDH

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515240413

Fail Safe (1964)

At the height of the Cold War, during the standard investigation of a possible incursion into US airspace by the Soviets, the nuclear bombers that are always in the air are sent towards their “Fail-Safe” points, about which they orbit while waiting to be sent to their targets if a preemptive attack by the USSR is confirmed. The alert turns out to be false and the various flights are recalled, but a technical error occurs, and one flight of 6 aircraft, armed with multiple 20 megaton nuclear weapons, passes beyond its “Fail-Safe” point, and heads towards its assigned target of Moscow. With the World racing towards WWIII, can the US President and Soviet Premier overcome their distrust, and avoid nuclear annihilation?!

Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Walter Bernstein
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Fritz Weaver, Henry Fonda

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet
- New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films
- "Fail-Safe" Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O'Herlihy
- PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri