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Manchurian Candidate [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Kimberly Elise, Jeffrey Wright
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Writers: Daniel Pyne, Dean Georgaris, George Axelrod, Richard Condon
  • Producers: Jonathan Demme, Ilona Herzberg, Peter Kohn
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006210ZG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Washington/Streep/Schreiber ~ Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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The Manchurian Candidate, a classic of paranoid cinema from the 1960s, gets a cunning update, rife with hot-topic references to corporate war profiteering and electronic voting machines. Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington, Training Day) has been haunted by nightmares ever since a firefight during the first Gulf War--a battle in which he believes he was saved by the heroism of Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber, Kate & Leopold). But Marco's nightmares suggest otherwise and drive him to investigate what happened, which may threaten Shaw's candidacy for vice-president. Meryl Streep plays Shaw's mother, a senior senator who manipulates everyone around her with an iron will and a sharp tongue. The Manchurian Candidate loses steam towards the end, but up until then director Jonathan Demme keeps the movie rolling fluidly, crafting some creepy paranoia of his own while Streep tears into everything in her path. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dino Amore' on 23 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Taken just as a film, this is a decent effort. Good performances by the leads (especially Washington, who acts demented enough you know you wouldn't believe him if he told you his story), good script,and good direction.

The film is a remake, and although the characters are intact, Korea has been replaced by Kuwait, and the reasons for the mindwiping have become very 21st century - money.Sinatra withdrew the original from distribution after what happened to Kennedy, and many believe that the assassin of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, was 'programmed' to do the job, as once it was done he was quite incoherent, and could not remember what he had done. Life imitating art...?

The film touches a raw nerve in that we all know these things are probably possible. The feeling of alienation and fear Washington conveys through the film, may be one we should all share.......

recommended, but be prepared to worry afterwards!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Vatish on 4 April 2005
Format: DVD
Some years ago Robert Redford came out with two movies one after the other. The first was "The Last Castle" and the other was "Spygame". These both were brilliant.
Denzel Washington has joined a prestigious group of people able to pull off the same feat!
Hot on the heels of "Man On Fire" ( that was breathtaking! ) he follows up his performance with "The Manchurian Candidate". The tag line should have been "How do you trust?" The story is about a group of soldiers who return from the gulf war. One of them becomes a presidential candidate after having saved his unit during a firefight and receiving a medal for his heroism. Or did he? Denzel Washington is the unit leader who remembers events out of sequence but his fears are confirmed when the rest of his men experience a disconnection with the events of the firefight. How do you trust when you cannot even trust what you remember?
This is a must for the DVD collection. I look forward to his next movie with anticipation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. WARE on 10 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
There really was no need to do a modern version of this film. The original Frank Sinatra starring vehicle was decent, quality in everything from acting to directing, and even had social reonances for the time. The same can't be said here.
My main gripe about the film was how bleakly depressive it all was. Everyone is SO serious and dull. A few lighthearted moments to break up the tedious, quite heavy going nature of the film would have been great. This is not friday night popcorn fare.
The other thing I didn't really like was the fact that it was trying to say something about the state of governments and politics today, but I feel it failed in this regard. It is not as politically cutting as it believes itself to be, and I felt that the almost sci-fi like nature of the plot lets down any notion of reflecting the politics of today.
But apart from that we get some fine performances, particularly Meryl Streep, and to a lesser extent, because he's quite dull in this outing, Denzel Washington. For those who havn't seen the film, it may hold some nice, unique plot twists, and it's a far from badly made film. It's a decent effort, but won't put you on the edge of your seat.
DVD wise, we get a few making ofs that together make a semi-decent documentary, and there's also a political pundit section, that I felt was a waste of space. It's nice to see the comparisons to the original film in the making of, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 17 April 2007
Format: DVD
After achieving only so-so results in reworking an old classic with the timid "The Truth About Charlie," director Jonathan Demme confidently updates "The Manchurian Candidate." Here he prevents the viewer from being distracted into keeping active count of the differences between his film and the original; the viewer can relax and watch an "original" film from the beginning. Demme immediately establishes his own distinctive approach: Bring characterization to the foreground. The original was compelling mainly due to its novel and intricate plot, but the acting was no-frills. Demme and his actors -- Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber (and even minor players like Jeffrey Wright) -- create characters that are fleshed-out and human. They are far from the chess pieces of the original and thus better draw us into the film, offering the viewer an emotional entry point and a rooting human interest from beginning to end. While not superior to the original -- conspiracies in of themselves simply have lost their ability to shock these days -- the new "Candidate" achieves its own success by being a rare thriller: one that is emotionally moving.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 22 May 2006
Format: DVD
I'm unfamiliar with the original and knew nothing about the story aside from what the title suggested (mind you I had misread it and thought Denzel was going to play a Mancunian politician - must admit to some disappointment there!), so I was somewhat surprised to find a pretty decent espionage thriller which I best describe as a Dead Zone/X Files/Jacobs Ladder/Enemy of the State sandwich. Denzel Washington is turning into a real quality actor as the years go on, and speaking of quality actors, Meryl Streep's character has to be the nastiest, most evil women in cinematic history.
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