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Cape Fear [Blu-ray] [1991] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CA4SL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,632 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Moncrieff on 8 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This blu-ray presents the film in 2.35:1 cinemascope with a great lossless DTS 5.1 sound upgrade and it looks terrific. The added detail has an effect of adding beauty (the opening water ripples of Saul Bass and co's credits) or atmospheric detail (everywhere else!). The HD format has been a big benefit for the presentation.

Extras are a whole 'nother story:

There's a SD 1991 "behind the scenes" (ie. EPK video) which adds not much, except that Martin Scorcese rather disappointingly refers to the original as a "perfect B picture" and Wesley Strick turns out to be a mallflower teenager with a goatee - yikes!

There's also a SD compilation of Saul Bass credit sequences, including Vertigo, which are pretty nifty but completely superfluous unfortunately.

I love this film, for the record, but I think I prefer the original. This one aspires more to realism in characterisation, while the original used archetypes to tell more of a fairytale/fable kind of approach. However, this one adds some religious connotations, some of which works and some of which doesn't. I never really get a good feel of why Max Cady would want to (sort of spoilers) try Sam in a Book of Job fashion. I get that he got all up his own bottom in prison trying to make himself better than the rest of the prisoners and fixated on a higher kind of revenge, but it never really coelesces with his other actions, which remain those of a petty crook with an inflated image. You could argue that inflated image is what's given to delusions of grandeur, but the film seems to play up to the idea that Cady's trial has some grander, perhaps even spiritual value.
The real reason all this stuff is here? To make the film seem, sigh, "deeper" than it really is.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 23 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
Scorsese cut and pasted the score from J. Lee Thompson's 1962 original as well as offering small roles to Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck (who played the original Max Cady and Sam Bowden respectively), but this brash re-imagination is largely its own beast. And beast is the word: a snarling and visceral creature. It is also an exercise in sustained psychological horror, as Robert De Niro's fearsomely muscular, tattooed rapist is set free with a score to settle with his own defence lawyer (Nick Nolte).

Some have cited Scorsese's dizzying camera movements and Thelma Schoonmaker's zippy editing as crassly manipulative. But that's the point, for "manipulative" is the adjective that describes Cady best. He's a self-destructive psychotic for sure, but he intends to teach family man/adulterer Bowden a lesson about living by a principle before he goes down for good.

Scorsese's ability to wring breathless performances from his cast has rarely served him with such stark success: here we have career-best work from Nolte as well as Juliette Lewis as Bowden's teenage daughter. To coin a cringe-worthy phrase, she's a blossoming flower - the scene in which Cady lures the brace-wearing Danielle onto an eerie school theatre stage, decked out with a Hansel & Gretel set (no one claims the symbolism is subtle!), is a childhood rite of passage as seen in a nightmare; it's also very skilfully paced and played.

For all the fizz and suspense and manoeuvring, the climax, which takes place in the stormy waters off the titular cape, is somewhat disappointing. Where Lee Thompson's movie ended with a nail-biting game of cat-and-mouse in the shadowy reeds, Wesley Strick's screenplay resorts to genre convention, stripping Cady down to a babbling monster. But what an exhilarating ride it is getting there, full of memorable set-pieces interspersed with striking dreamy images.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
The 1991 remake of the classic 1962 film 'Cape Fear' is a spine-tingling psychological thriller, largely due to Robert De Niro's brilliant and creepy performance of the vicious psychopath Max Cady. Cady is now obsessively seeking revenge of the attorney and his family who had defended him before he spent 14 years in prison for rape. The man is a human monster and you are left on the edge of your seat wondering what he is going to do next. This is a movie which proves that revenge knows no boundaries.

Martin Scorsese is a brilliant filmmaker and this is another one of his movies that won't disappoint. The only reason why I haven't rated it five stars is because I do believe the original to be the best. Having said that, unlike a lot of remakes that have been made of classic films, 'Cape Fear (1991)' is very good indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 July 2014
Format: DVD
This re-tread of the original film (released back in 1962 with Robert Mitchum as the lead role) get the De Niro and Scorsese treatment and mostly comes out feeling quite fresh and a cut above good. Somewhat overshadowed by "Silence of the Lambs" among film critics, still it provides quite a different feel to that film and still ranks as one of the stronger films in the psychological thriller genre.

De Niro plays Max Cady a recently released from prison serving 14 years for rape and battery, he's hell bent on getting revenge on this former lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte), who suppressed evidence that might have given Max a different trial outcome. The story is quite straight forward from this point onwards it becomes a game of "minds" with Max playing on Sam's weaker character determined to make his life as uncomfortable as possible.

What makes the film stand out over many others is the convincing portrayal of Max by De Niro, he really gets into the role and every bit plays the disgruntled and dangerous psychopath the role demands. Evidently De Niro went to quite a few lengths to beef himself up physically for the role, trimming down and working out and even getting his teeth grinded down to make his character more "frightening" Nolte isn't my favourite actor by a long shot, though he does quite well as the on edge and stressed out lawyer desperately trying to hold his family together while Max picks away at him.

Juliette Lewis plays Sam's daughter (Danielle Bowden) and she does an excellent job or portraying the slightly naïve and innocent teenager, who is wide open to being played by Max for his eventual aim an outstanding performance it has to be said. Good to see Robert Mitchum in a small role as Lt.
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