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Ransom [DVD]

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Product details

  • Actors: Sean Connery, Ian McShane, Norman Bristow, John Cording, Isabel Dean
  • Directors: Casper Wrede
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JKJRG86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,447 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Sean Connery gives another powerful and charismatic performance as a Scandinavian security chief battling to thwart the deadly plans of a terrorist leader, played by Ian McShane. Beautifully photographed by double Oscar-winning Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist and complemented by Jerry Goldsmith's memorably haunting score, Ransom takes us through a tightly plotted, relentless race against time. Presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, this intelligent, atmospheric thriller has never looked better.

Following a series of bomb attacks in London, a group of terrorists seize Britain's ambassador to the ficititious state of 'Scandinavia'. With the ambassador now a hostage in his residence, another group hijacks an airliner at the capital's airport, announcing that the passengers will not be freed until their demands are met.

Colonel Nils Tahlvik, Scandinavia's resourceful and ruthless head of security, seeks to take an uncompromising stance against the terrorists yet his attempts meet resistance from unknown forces at every turn...

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Original theatrical teaser and trailer
[] Image Gallery
[] Promotional material PDF

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Brilliant transfer by Network for this rare film .my first impression was it was a little dated ,and I was expecting a little more action from Sean Connery ,I gave it a second watch ,and understood it better ,I got a little confused on first watch ,during the last 20 mins or so ,(Brain wasn't in gear) but I can now appreciate the outcome of this rare film ,I recommend not to judge it harshly like I did ,but rewatch again ,the colors and transfer are crystal clear ,and fill the full widscreen tv ,so no black bars top and bottom or sides cut off ,a cleverly done film ,and worth a purchase for those who enjoy early 70's 80's films etc .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2015
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Caspar Wrede's Ransom (retitled The Terrorists in the USA) is an entertaining enough cat-and-mouse yarn from 1975 if you have an hour and a half to spare, helped immensely by a commanding performance by Sean Connery as the Scandinavian security chief having to deal with a hostage crisis and an airplane hijacking by Ian McShane's terrorist. There are some neat plot twists, Sven Nykvist's cinematography makes good use of the snowbound locations and there's a strong Jerry Goldsmith score that helps drive the film along nicely, although it is rather disconcerting to hear John Quentin speaking with Malcolm Terris' voice in a particularly noticeable bit of dubbing. An efficient Saturday night thriller, it doesn't aim high but does deliver.

Unlike Anchor Bay's US Region A-locked Blu-ray release, which had no extras - in fact, it's so barebones it doesn't even have a menu, simply playing the film on a loop with fewer chapter stops than the US DVD - and offered a mediocre widescreen transfer is no better than you'd get from an upscaled DVD, Network's UK Region B-locked UK Blu-ray, however, is a much better bet, with a better widescreen transfer, trailer, teaser trailer and stills gallery - not to mention a proper menu and chapter stops!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willy Vanderkolk on 27 Jan. 2015
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Not the best Connery but a good and entertaining very 70's action thriller also an exciting Jerry Goldsmith score !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silver Spirit on 25 Mar. 2015
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A fair film which never really hits the mark, for me at least. Sean Connery gives his usual totally believable performance. It's just a shame he was let down by a weakly directed film. Picture quality on the BD is good.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Fuller on 26 May 2015
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A dull yet convoluted Euro thriller from the 70s, this doesn't have much to recommend it. Connery is on autopilot, the action is perfunctory and there's very little tension or intrigue. Jerry Goldsmith's score is decent, and there are some nice Norwegian backdrops, but it's a curio at best.
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By clare taylor on 8 July 2015
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another to add to collection
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