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Cape Fear [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Finnish, Greek
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC4D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2005
Format: DVD
The intense 1962 thriller stars Gregory Peck as Sam Bowden, a lawyer who is stalked by ex-con Max Cady (Robert Mitchum). It seems Peck withheld evidence in Cady's trial, and by doing so, helped send him to prison for years. Now Cady's out, and wants to get even by hurting Sam's wife (Polly Bergen) and daughter. They hide in a house boat moored in Cape Fear, knowing Cady will do anything to get revenge.
Gregory Peck is outstanding as the dedicated attorney and desperate family man. Mitchum is so creepy and slimy in this film you'll be breathless watching his performance, which surely is one of his best. Every ounce of him seethes with hatred and evil. Polly Bergen and Lori Martin, as the daughter, are convincingly terrified as the ex-con gets closer and closer.
This version of the film is better than the remake, thanks to the fine acting of the stars and a script that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like chilling movies, you'll love Cape Fear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
J. Lee Thompson's 1962 version of Cape Fear may not be a masterpiece, but in everyway it's a superior thriller to Martin Scorsese's horribly misjudged remake. More surprisingly, it's also much nastier even with the heavier censorship of the day - Robert Mitchum's treatment of Polly Bergen in the last reel is startlingly violent and disturbing even now and its still shocking to see an early 60s film that revolves around sex crimes. There's no doubt exactly what's on Mitchum's mind, whether he's eyeing up a pickup in a bar or breaking an egg in his fist and smearing the yolk over the mother's shoulders and neck: like a lazy reptile waiting to casually catch a fly with his tongue, he merely has to look at Gregory Peck's underage daughter to exude menace. Where the remake offered a dysfunctional family forced to come together, the original offers something much more anarchic, as Gregory Peck's Mr Civil Liberties gradually comes to realize that the only way to protect his All-American family from Mitchum's strutting lizard-like vengeful ex-con is play dirty himself and plan his murder using his own daughter as bait. He may be playing another small-town southern lawyer, but he's is as far way from Atticus Finch as Mitchum's seedy, cocky but thoroughly self-aware Max Cady is from his self-deluding self-righteous `preacher' Harry Powell.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HiDefGuy on 14 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Greetings from across the pond...

I live in the U.S. and this movie I've been waiting patiently for it's blu-ray release in the U.S. When I discovered that it was available here at the UK site, I had to order it straight away. I had seen all of these movies at a cinema back when I was in my early teenage years. I'm also still waiting for the original '60s film masterpiece THE HAUNTING which isn't available anywhere on blu-ray. Another film from this period that I also love was THE INNOCENTS. I purchased THE INNOCENTS from Amazon UK but it is a Region B release. Luckily I have a Region-Free blu-ray player so I can enjoy these films long as my player keeps working.

Getting back on track I had seen a superb Hi-Def transfer of this film on one of the Hi-Def Movie channels from my cable company. The transfer was absolutely the best I could ever have expected. When the blu-ray of this title arrived from Amazon UK I couldn't wait to pop it in and get ready for this hi-def film.

I was NOT one bit disappointed. On the contrary it was as good and probably far better than what I had seen on of the movie channels. There are a full range of black and white throughout the film. It definitely appears to have been remastered with loving care. The transfer is simply gorgeous - very clean which really shows off the fine work of the director of photography (the cinematographer). The sound is equally top-rate and this blu-ray is REGION-FREE.

If you are lover of classic thrillers without all the gore shown in most of today's films... then this blu-ray is a must own.

In the short time I've had this disc, I've seen it 4 times. It's one of those rare films that is great to watch multiple times without it getting stale.

I highly recommend this blu-ray and thank Amazon UK for making it available to purchase from outside the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 3 April 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Lawyer Sam Bowden's life becomes torturous when Max Cady re-enters his life, after going to jail for 8 years when Bowden testified that Cady attacked a young woman.

Now that Cady has been released, he begins to terrorise Bowden and his family, particularly targeting Bowden's daughter, Nancy.

Initially, Cady uses his newfound knowledge of the law, to annoy the Bowdens, but then poisons the family dog.......

It's a difficult one this. I was at an age where an '18' certificate movie was like a treasure chest full of forbidden fruits, and when Scorcese's remake was released, I was 14 years old, and just getting into my lifelong love of the cinema.

Plus, it was 1992, and trying to source the original wasn't as easy as it is today thanks to streaming, DVD, and other media, so this film went begging for a while.

So watching this, without comparing the two is extremely difficult, because core scenes are almost identical, but this film has a lot more depth, and Peck and Mitchum are more desperate, more emotionally charged than De Niro and Nolte, and after seeing this, the remake feels more like an exploitation piece, enabling Scorcese to experiment with cameras and filters.

The camera-work here is wonderful, and adds more to the mise en scene, particularly the scene where Cady goes to attack Bowdens daughter,the camera is used in a way to emphasise Cadys intimidating figure, almost making him giant like, whereas she is made to look almost mouse like.

Regarding the ending, its a much, much satisfying ending than the remake, and the boat scene is far more tense, as Sam is not on the boat when Cady infiltrates it.

So again, it's proof that a classic film cannot be remade as a better piece, no matter who is involved. Having said that, I still like the original, if only for its experimental camera work, and exploitation element.
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