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on 15 December 2015
Wonderful film I remember from my youth. (He liked it too!)
No, seriously it is such an original story line, especially the
afternoon tea sessions. If you've never seen it before, you
are in for a treat. All the cast were marvellous, even Sinatra.
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on 24 August 2017
Found this version very slow to get into, and Sinatra didn't have the wow factor. Preferred the. Erosion with Denzel Washington
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on 10 March 2017
Classic thriller.Well acted by everyone.I will never watch Murder she wrote again....
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on 3 June 2017
Well crafted cold war era political satire from the early sixties with a great cast
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on 26 July 2017
Amazing movie.
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on 5 July 2016
A 'lost' classic of 60s cinema.
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on 10 October 2014
very good
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on 4 March 2015
During the Korean war a platoon of soldiers are captured and held prisoner.... in a flower garden that is being hosted by a bunch of middle aged women whose speech patterns strangely go from all American to Russian, Latin American and cod Chinese. Why is this happening? Because the prisoner's setting and accomodation is all an elaborate illusion, to rouse the prisoners into doing the bidding of the 'other side', and that's what this film is all about; the controlling and domination of a man's mind to do the most horrid acts of all.

Of course The Manchurian Candidate is just pure fiction and the whole idea sounds ludicrous, served up as a slice of paranoia propaganda to the McCarthites, and a satire of said paranoia to the more liberal crowd. Produced and released at a time when the ghost of McCarthism was still very much present in the U.S. and all over the western world, The Manchurian Candidate was a film that hit the nail at both sides of the argument. With a compelling performance by Laurence Harvey, as the troubled and detestable young man at the centre of the whole story, and a sensantional performance by Angela (Jessica Fletcher) Lansbury as his horrid mother who would make Mrs Bates look like a saint, The Manchurian Candidate is a brilliant and captivating film that would take you on a suspence filled ride and would leave you hoping for more.

The Blu-Ray: Yet again Arrow have proven themselves very worthy. If there ever was a home video distributor that did an abrupt face on its reputation its this company. After investing heavily on re-energising their brilliant regular cult/expoloitation label (and I use this term loosely, since older mainstream titles that are ripe for rediscovery seemed to have crept into the catalogue) Arrow have gone back and reopened their dormant Arrow Academy label with the 2013 release of The Night of the Hunter and have excelled also. This release has a decent enough transfer. The PQ is stable and the majority of all scratches and marks have been removed, whilst the AQ (a 1.0 mono track) is stable, and dialogue is crisp and unobtrusive. Seeing as this is an Arrow release, extras are a major hook and yet again Arrow have not held back and have gave this release their detailed best.

Overall, fans of the film will be delighted by this release whilst newcomers will be greatly rewarded by a brilliant film and comprehensive extras that they would be sitting down to be play solitaire for many years to come.
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on 2 February 2017
The Manchurian Candidate shocked the public back in the 60's, and I do agree, because their were scenes of cold blooded murder, with War buddies killing each other due to brain washing. And an evil mother who will use her son as a assassin to boost the career of her husband, who was brilliantly played by Angela Lansbury(murder she wrote). But for me Laurence Harvey(The Spy with the Cold Nose) stole the show, his performance was amazing, I felt so sorry for him, god knows why no Oscar was awarded, am not sure who won that year, but it must of been something special.

For me this was a great film, and if you love slow burners, which end with you on the edge of your seat, then this film is for you.

Just like to mention the Blu-ray transfer was very good, and the booklet and bonus features are a nice touch.
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on 2 May 2013
John Frankenheimer directed this movie for release in 1962 (and 2 years later he directed another great thriller, "7 days in May"), and to me the former was an eye-opener that I never forgot. Maybe because political thrillers of that standard were not that common in the sixties, and another reason, beside the acting, was maybe the subject of the effects of brain-wash, that I don't recall having seen in any other movie from that period.
Frank Sinatra is, as always, very good and so is Laurence Harvey, but the most scary person is portrayed by Angela Lansbury. There is quite a gap between her part in the sugar-coated TV-series, "Murder, she wrote", to her role as the cold-blooded and unscrupulous mother to her son (LH), and Meryl Streep in same role and in the remake of the movie in 2004 didn't come close.
Great director and a great movie!
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