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Cape Fear [Blu-ray] 
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Gregory Peck stars in this classic psychological thriller, adapted from John D. MacDonald's novel. Fresh out of prison, the sadistic Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) determines to have his revenge on Sam Bowden (Peck), the lawyer who put him away for rape. Cady is smart and sticks to menacing Bowden's wife Peggy (Polly Bergen) and teenage daughter Nancy (Lori Martin) with obscene phone calls and implied threats, but never does anything which would give the police the right to arrest him. It is therefore Bowden who, in order to protect his family, must go beyond the confines of the law and seek to engage Cady in a direct confrontation on the family's houseboat in Cape Fear.
Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and a remake of the 1962 film of the same name. It stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis and features cameos from Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Martin Balsam, who all appeared in the 1962 original film.Superior to Martin Scorsese's punishing 1962 remake, this 1962 thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone) stars Robert Mitchum as a creepy ex-con angry at the attorney (Gregory Peck) whom he believes is responsible for his incarceration. After Mitchum makes clear his plans to harm Peck's family, a fascinating game of crisscrossing ethics and morality takes place. Where the more recent version seemed trapped in its explicitness, Thompson's film accomplishes a lot with a more economical and telling use of violence. The result is a richer character study with some Hitchcockian overtones regarding the nature of guilt. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.
While Mitchum and Peck occupy centre-stage, James Webb's tight script ensures the supporting cast make a strong impression too as they usher Peck further down the path to murder: Martin Balsam's sympathetic police chief who'll bend the law a little to harass an ex-con for a solid citizen, Telly Savalas (with hair) as a pragmatic private eye who is not above calling in as little help from the wrong side of tracks and Jack Kruschen, not playing Jewish for a change, as Cady's mouthpiece who knows just how to use the law to protect the guilty. Aided immensely by Samuel Leavitt's menacing black and white photography and Bernard Herrmann's dramatically sinister score, Thompson's direction is right on target throughout: he may not have been one of the great directors, but he knew how to tell a story without losing the characters along the way, and he's at the top of his game here. It may not be quite a classic, but it is a strikingly effective thriller, albeit an undeniably nasty one.
Unusually for a film of the period, this boasts a surprisingly excellent DVD, with a good widescreen black and white transfer and plenty of extras, from a half hour documentary (though sadly only Thompson and Peck contribute, with Mitchum notably absent), production notes, a well-designed stills montage and the original theatrical trailer. Aside from the production notes these are carried over to the region-free US Blu-ray but have all been excluded from the UK and European Blu-ray release.
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