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The Day Of The Jackal [DVD] [2010] [2003]

Edward Fox , Terence Alexander , Fred Zinnemann    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel, Tony Britton
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Frederick Forsyth, Kenneth Ross
  • Producers: David Deutsch, John Woolf, Julien Derode
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Greek, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005225B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,006 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



With its high-intensity plot about an attempt to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle, the bestselling novel by Frederick Forsyth was a prime candidate for screen adaptation. Director Fred Zinnemann brought his veteran skills to bear on what has become a timeless classic of screen suspense. Not to be confused with the later remake The Jackal starring Bruce Willis (which shamelessly embraced all the bombast that Zinnemann so wisely avoided), this 1973 thriller opts for lethal elegance and low-key tenacity in the form of the Jackal, the suave assassin played with consummate British coolness by Edward Fox. He's a killer of the highest order, a master of disguise and international elusiveness, and this riveting film follows his path to de Gaulle with an intense, straightforward documentary style. Perhaps one of the last great films from a bygone age of pure, down-to-basics suspense (and a kind of debonair European alternative to the American grittiness of The French Connection), The Day of the Jackal is a cat-and-mouse thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until its brilliantly executed final scene (pardon the pun), by which time Fox has achieved cinematic immortality as one of the screen's most memorable killers. --Jeff Shannon

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Think of the problem here in terms of suspense: "The Day of the Jackal" is the story of meticulous hitman (Edward Fox) who is hired by disgruntled French generals to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle. But we all know that de Gaulle was NOT assassinated, so how does this film achieve suspense? The answer is: extremely well. This is a superior thriller from the novel by Frederick Forsyth and directed by Fred Zinnemann ("High Noon"), who gives equal weight to the professional preparations of the assassin and the dogged efforts of the French detectives to run down the "Jackal." The audience is placed in the position of actually rooting for both sides as the story develops. The excellent cast includes Michel Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig, Alan Badel, Cyril Cusack and Derek Jacobi. "The Day of the Jackal" offers an unforgettable conclusion in which you come to the moment you thought was impossible, as the Jackal finally gets de Gaulle in his sights.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Top Ten Films of all Time. 8 April 2006
I have just looked at the Day of the Jackal for the umpententh time and it never fails to impress. Edward Fox plays the lead role expertly as the assasain in this outstanding thriller from the pages of Fredrick Forseyth's novel. I thought the book was outstanding but the film portrays the story brilliantly. An edge of your seat experience and one in which you will not be dissapointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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No need to talk about the storyline this is all about the worst transfer of a film that I have in my collection, I have both region 1 & 2 they are both the same the framing of the picture is designed to be displayed on a 4:3 screen, when shown on a 16:9 screen the image is a tiny rectangle in the middle of the screen.
If displayed as 16:9 then the picture is distorted to get rid of the black side bars with the attendant increase of grain & loss of what little sharpness the was in the picture sadly there are no plans for this masterpiece of a film to be issued on Blu ray.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Having caught this recently on TV in Hi-Def, I decided to add it to my collection. Firstly, addressing the technical aspects of the DVD itself. This is not anamorphic but is presented in letterbox format. The transfer is grainy but perfectly acceptable for a 40 year old film, although there is clearly a Hi-Def transfer now available to broadcasters, if not to retail. The soundtrack is mono and the extras consist only of the theatrical trailer and production notes. Addressing the film itself, this is one of the finest thrillers ever produced, dealing with an attempt on the life of President Charles de Gualle. It is evenly paced and boasts an excellent cast. Edward Fox's minimalist performance as the Jackal is utterly convincing, but for me it's Michel Lonsdale as Deputy Commisioner Claude Lobel, who steals the film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, compelling viewing - every time! 24 May 2012
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EDIT: Should probably have said when I first wrote this - just in case there is anyone left on the planet who does not know the story, there is a slight spoiler in here. If you haven't seen it and don't know the story, stop reading!

The mark of a truly great thriller is when you can watch it over and over again and it still grips and entertains - and Day Of The Jackal delivers here in spades. I never tire of watching this film, and every time when the climax is reached, you are left thinking "will he manage it this time?".

Edward Fox is a seriously underrated actor, and the cold-blooded ruthless malevolence he manages to convey through a facade of such quintessentially British genteelness is a real masterpiece.

A truly great piece of story telling from a pre-internet pre-mobiles pre-instant-communication and yet so recent era. Wonderful.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star professionals at work 4 Mar 2004
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
That we know de Gaulle was not assassinated makes Zinneman's achievement all the more remarkable. This is a film crafted with genius.
He's taken Frederick Forsyth's fine thriller and improved upon it in almost every particular. The plot is more logical, the pace tighter; the characters retain their intense and personal distance (essential for the plot), but are somehow far more human and calculating, and the suspense is palpable.
There have been many cat-and-mouse stories of the detective tracing the criminal, but none so effective. Just to appreciate how good the original is at the art of film-making, compare it to the dire American remake starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.
The directorial techniques used are stunningly effective: freeze frame highlights key moments. Silence is used to stunning effect, particularly at the climax which creeps upon the viewer without being signposted by creepy music - big improvement that other directors could do well to note.
The cool ruthlessness of the Jackal is beautifully drawn out by Edward Fox, using the meticulous planning process to tune his character's determination to suceed in the assassination.
By contrast, Michael Lonsdale's detective, burdened by the awesome responsibility of saving France, applies to the task with dogged and passionate determination. That he succeeds is not enough for his own satisfaction - he does not know his enemy, and never really knew who he was chasing.
This film has consistently stayed in my personal top 10 of all time since way back when. DotJ has been accused of being emotionally cold and lacking human warmth, but it strikes exactly the right balance between steely realism and hypothetical retelling of history - one reason why the remake is hokum by comparison!
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