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The Manchurian candidate

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Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2016]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (126 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 17 cm)


MPAA rating: PG-13.


"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, who as a prisoner during the Korean War is brainwashed into being a sleeper assassin in a Communist conspiracy, and a fellow POW 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."--Container.


Director of photography, Lionel Lindon ; film editor, Ferris Webster ; music composed and conducted by David Amram.

Based uoon a novel by Richard Condon.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1962.

Special features: New 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; 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 1987 ; new interview with historian Susan Carruthers about the Cold War brainwashing scare ; trailer.

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