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The Manchurian Candidate [Blu-ray] (1962)

Frank Sinatra , Laurence Harvey , John Frankenheimer  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LORX5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Eerie, shocking, daring, thrilling and mesmerizing, The Manchurian Candidate "will leave you breathless" (People)! Featuring an all-star cast, including Angela Lansbury in an Oscarr-Nominated* performance, this "chilling and controversial" (Leonard Maltin) film "may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made" (Pauline Kael). When a platoon of Korean War GIs is captured, they somehow end up at a ladies' garden club party. Or do they? Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can't remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical plot orchestrated by the utterly ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Lansbury) and involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey), her senator husband (James Gregory) and a secret cabal of enemy leaders.

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original, chilling political thriller March 4, 2000
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Format:DVD
This is a great DVD with many excellent bonus features, including the Director's commentary that adds so much to the understanding of how the film was made. The film was shot primarily with wide angle lenses which heightens the effect of some very frightening screens. For example is there anything more incredible than the scene where the captured, brainwashed prisoners believe they are attending a ladies' garden party, while actually on stage as human guinea pigs in a meeting of communist cadres. Just an amazing juxtaposition of images! The storyline is well developed and never loses the taut feeling of suspense from start to finish. Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, and Angela Lansbury are particularly fine in their roles. If there is only one criticism, it is that Harvey lapses at times into his original British accent, which is disconcerting. But given the power of his performance in this role, this is a minor detail that can easily be overlooked. The film is shot in black and white, which is far better suited to its cold war images. Just puzzled why MGM issued the cover for this DVD in color? Anyway, highly recommend this DVD!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Star Psychological Political Thriller! July 23, 2003
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So powerful a cinematic portrait of a potential political assassination is this superb film improbably featuring Frank Sinatra in his finest movie role that it was banned from further release following JFK's murder in Dallas after its original early 1960s big-screen release for several decades. Directed by the near-legendary John Frankenheimer, this riveting screenplay based on the novel written by Richard Condon (Winter Kills) focuses on the way in which propaganda and the manufacture of political views can influence one's perception and behavior in the most provocative of ways. Sinatra's portrait of an officer, Bennet Marco, a man obsessed by his experience as a prisoner of war during the Korean conflict, is truly a maginificent interpretation of a man teetering on the edge of madness, driven by both his nightmares and his conscience to attempt to unravel the mystery by working through the very effective brainwashing accomplished by the North Koreans over a platoon of men Sinatra's character commanded.
Sinatra is more than ably supported by an all-star cast, including Lawrence Harvey as the title character, former Sergeant Raymond Shaw, scion from a wealthy American family who is now a North Korean sleeper, someone brainwashed into becoming a virtual ticking time bomb, set to go off when the sequence of precipitating code words are uttered to him. His suffocating cow of a mother is played extremely well by Angela Lansbury, whose husband (played by James Gregory) is an easily manipulated but McCarthy-like Senator looking to find a way to engineer his progression to the Oval Office.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Why don't you pass the time with a little solitaire?' August 14, 2004
Format:DVD
It's about time this Cold War classic (based on the novel by Richard Condon) was re-released on DVD with a few extras. I haven't seen the remake yet (and if I do, it'll be purely because Denzel is in it), but it has its work cut out for it if it aims to be as good as the original.

You can read the other reviews if you want plot details. In a nutshell: Laurence Harvey is Raymond Shaw, a sergeant in the U.S. Army captured and brainwashed in Korea along with the rest of his platoon; Frank Sinatra is Maj. Bennett Marco, who was captured and brainwashed with the others; Angela Lansbury is Shaw's mother (even though in real life she was just three years older than Harvey!), a manipulative witch now married to Sen. John Iselin (James Gregory) and conniving to get him into the White House. The problem: the boys are all back home, Shaw has received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the platoon members don't recall their period of captivity, and Marco is having the _strangest_ dreams . . .

The DVD transfer is clear and crisp, and the extras are okay. But the real star is the film itself, which is just absolutely brilliant and sometimes wickedly funny (e.g., exactly _how_ many Communists have been identified? Close-up of a Heinz catsup bottle . . . and the number is . . . ). The psychological tension here is excruciating; the brainwashing sequences alone will give you the willies.

The cast performs flawlessly, with even Sinatra holding his own; Harvey is eerily disturbing and Lansbury is just plain scary.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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So powerful a cinematic portrait of a potential political assassination is this superb film improbably featuring Frank Sinatra in his finest movie role that it was banned from further release following JFK's murder in Dallas after its original early 1960s big-screen release for several decades. This new re-mastered DVD version makes the cinematic experience even better! originally directed by the near-legendary John Frankenheimer, this riveting screenplay based on the novel written by Richard Condon (Winter Kills) focuses on the way in which propaganda and the manufacture of political views can influence one's perception and behavior in the most provocative of ways.

Sinatra's portrait of an officer, Bennet Marco, a man obsessed by his experience as a prisoner of war during the Korean conflict, is truly a maginificent interpretation of a man teetering on the edge of madness, driven by both his nightmares and his conscience to attempt to unravel the mystery by working through the very effective brainwashing accomplished by the North Koreans over a platoon of men Sinatra?s character commanded.

Sinatra is more than ably supported by an all-star cast, including Lawrence Harvey as the title character, former Sergeant Raymond Shaw, scion from a wealthy American family who is now a North Korean sleeper, someone brainwashed into becoming a virtual ticking time bomb, set to go off when the sequence of precipitating code words are uttered to him. His suffocating cow of a mother is played extremely well by Angela Lansbury, whose husband (played by James Gregory) is an easily manipulated but McCarthy-like Senator looking to find a way to engineer his progression to the Oval Office.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I may change my handle to "Sinatra Fan." This movie may have you at the edge of your seat, it's that good in delivering mystery and suspense. I recommend it.
Published 15 days ago by krystalbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Manchurian Candidate
A great suspenseful movie. Great to watch without having to worry about crude language. Never was a fan of Frank Sinatra but in this movie he was quite good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janz
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Film
I saw this movie years ago and again, just recently and both times found it riveting and entertaining throughout. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geraldine
5.0 out of 5 stars Super movie and acting
I saw this movie when it first came out in the 1950s. This is by far the best movie Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Harvey have ever been in. Fantastic script and Acting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr D
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This movie is right out of the history books! It depicts actual fact and its usage in society to accomplish the agenda of those in control. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Readalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version
This movie was way ahead of it's time in the way it is filmed-brilliant movie with amazing actors! Watch the commentary after the film-gives you insight to how brilliant it is!
Published 3 months ago by New To Knitting
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for these days and times.
It's scary, but it portrays what is actually going on in our world today. The author had insight bordering on prophetic.
Published 4 months ago by Norma
5.0 out of 5 stars How about a game of solitaire?
If you haven't seen this movie, an eerie prediction of an event that happened shortly after the movie was completed, rush to get a copy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sean Logan War
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Simply put, this is one of the best, most chilling movies I've ever seen, and I wanted it for my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Bubbles Corday
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
Although a good movie, it does not stand the test of time well. The Sinatra character is way too neurotic at the beginning of the film, and for Janet Leigh to instantly fall in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Willy D. Reviewer
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