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on 8 June 2012
This blu-ray presents the film in 2.35:1 cinemascope with a great lossless DTS 5.1 sound upgrade and it looks terrific. The added detail has an effect of adding beauty (the opening water ripples of Saul Bass and co's credits) or atmospheric detail (everywhere else!). The HD format has been a big benefit for the presentation.

Extras are a whole 'nother story:

There's a SD 1991 "behind the scenes" (ie. EPK video) which adds not much, except that Martin Scorcese rather disappointingly refers to the original as a "perfect B picture" and Wesley Strick turns out to be a mallflower teenager with a goatee - yikes!

There's also a SD compilation of Saul Bass credit sequences, including Vertigo, which are pretty nifty but completely superfluous unfortunately.

I love this film, for the record, but I think I prefer the original. This one aspires more to realism in characterisation, while the original used archetypes to tell more of a fairytale/fable kind of approach. However, this one adds some religious connotations, some of which works and some of which doesn't. I never really get a good feel of why Max Cady would want to (sort of spoilers) try Sam in a Book of Job fashion. I get that he got all up his own bottom in prison trying to make himself better than the rest of the prisoners and fixated on a higher kind of revenge, but it never really coelesces with his other actions, which remain those of a petty crook with an inflated image. You could argue that inflated image is what's given to delusions of grandeur, but the film seems to play up to the idea that Cady's trial has some grander, perhaps even spiritual value.
The real reason all this stuff is here? To make the film seem, sigh, "deeper" than it really is. Scorsese mentions some of this stuff in the "Making of"/Behind the Scenes fluff, but he seems to have little to no idea most of the subtext in his film was there in the first place in the first movie.

Very confusing stuff! The film, however, is still a Hell of a good watch. I suggest you do what I did, buy both Cape Fears on Blu-Ray and get The Simpsons Season 5 out of your cupboard (or buy it if you don't have it) and watch both Cape Fears, followed by "Cape Feare", the excellent Simpsons parody. Now THAT'S an evening of entertainment.
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on 23 September 2007
Scorsese cut and pasted the score from J. Lee Thompson's 1962 original as well as offering small roles to Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck (who played the original Max Cady and Sam Bowden respectively), but this brash re-imagination is largely its own beast. And beast is the word: a snarling and visceral creature. It is also an exercise in sustained psychological horror, as Robert De Niro's fearsomely muscular, tattooed rapist is set free with a score to settle with his own defence lawyer (Nick Nolte).

Some have cited Scorsese's dizzying camera movements and Thelma Schoonmaker's zippy editing as crassly manipulative. But that's the point, for "manipulative" is the adjective that describes Cady best. He's a self-destructive psychotic for sure, but he intends to teach family man/adulterer Bowden a lesson about living by a principle before he goes down for good.

Scorsese's ability to wring breathless performances from his cast has rarely served him with such stark success: here we have career-best work from Nolte as well as Juliette Lewis as Bowden's teenage daughter. To coin a cringe-worthy phrase, she's a blossoming flower - the scene in which Cady lures the brace-wearing Danielle onto an eerie school theatre stage, decked out with a Hansel & Gretel set (no one claims the symbolism is subtle!), is a childhood rite of passage as seen in a nightmare; it's also very skilfully paced and played.

For all the fizz and suspense and manoeuvring, the climax, which takes place in the stormy waters off the titular cape, is somewhat disappointing. Where Lee Thompson's movie ended with a nail-biting game of cat-and-mouse in the shadowy reeds, Wesley Strick's screenplay resorts to genre convention, stripping Cady down to a babbling monster. But what an exhilarating ride it is getting there, full of memorable set-pieces interspersed with striking dreamy images.
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on 11 November 2014
The film opens with Max Cady, a cigar chomping psycho, played by Robert De Niro, walking out of prison after serving 14 years for rape. He then tracks down Sam Bowden, the lawyer, played by Nick Nolte, who defended him, and who Cady blames for him being sent to prison, after finding out that Sam Bowden buried evidence that could have got him acquitted. Soon he is making threats not only to Sam Bowden, but to his wife, played by Jessica Lange, and their young daughter, Danielle Bowden, played by Juliette Lewis. After meeting Cady at her school, who poses as one of her teachers, Danielle starts talking to him, unaware of who he really is. Soon after, she realizes who he really is and flees.

This is the 1991 remake of the original 1962 version, directed by Martin Scorsese. It has been brought up to date with a lot more violence, and a more menacing Max Cady. Robert De Niro plays the part to perfection. It is not a scene for scene remake, but the story sticks pretty close to the original, just some scenario's have been changed to bring the film up to date with modern audiences. It has the same haunting music as the original by Bernard Herrmann.

Picture Quality is good with sharp definition, and natural colours.
This blu ray transfer has been transferred in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and the sound is in 5.1.

Recommended, especially if you are a fan of Robert De Niro, or Martin Scorsese.
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on 29 June 2015
Robert De Niro is one of the best actors of all time. In this movie he throws himself into the role, not just talking acting, he changes himself physically, dropping the weight, living the role. He is one menacing mother ****** . Brilliant movie
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This re-tread of the original film (released back in 1962 with Robert Mitchum as the lead role) get the De Niro and Scorsese treatment and mostly comes out feeling quite fresh and a cut above good. Somewhat overshadowed by "Silence of the Lambs" among film critics, still it provides quite a different feel to that film and still ranks as one of the stronger films in the psychological thriller genre.

De Niro plays Max Cady a recently released from prison serving 14 years for rape and battery, he's hell bent on getting revenge on this former lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte), who suppressed evidence that might have given Max a different trial outcome. The story is quite straight forward from this point onwards it becomes a game of "minds" with Max playing on Sam's weaker character determined to make his life as uncomfortable as possible.

What makes the film stand out over many others is the convincing portrayal of Max by De Niro, he really gets into the role and every bit plays the disgruntled and dangerous psychopath the role demands. Evidently De Niro went to quite a few lengths to beef himself up physically for the role, trimming down and working out and even getting his teeth grinded down to make his character more "frightening" Nolte isn't my favourite actor by a long shot, though he does quite well as the on edge and stressed out lawyer desperately trying to hold his family together while Max picks away at him.

Juliette Lewis plays Sam's daughter (Danielle Bowden) and she does an excellent job or portraying the slightly naïve and innocent teenager, who is wide open to being played by Max for his eventual aim an outstanding performance it has to be said. Good to see Robert Mitchum in a small role as Lt. Elgart, and Gregory Peck has another minor role too. Jessica Lange plays Sam's wife.

The film works mostly due to the dramatic directing from Scorsese who manages to create a strong sense of "fear" for the viewers. Even the soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein is memorable and sharpens the edge on the production. For me the performances of De Niro and Lewis really stand out in quite different ways but for the benefit of the film overall. This isn't the normal "Mob" film you might come to expect from Scorsese, but he's added quite a different feel to the film another director might not have given it.

An enjoyable film, might have possibly been even better with a few cast changes. As it stands one of the better films of this type and a very different type of production to the Anthony Hopkins film. Both are good in their own ways. The well staged and executed ending provides a satisfying conclusion to the film it's certainly not one to watch if you're in a relaxed mood, but even over 20 years later has managed to retain a strong following among fans.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 October 2012
The 1991 remake of the classic 1962 film 'Cape Fear' is a spine-tingling psychological thriller, largely due to Robert De Niro's brilliant, and completely convincing performance of the vicious psychopath Max Cady. Cady is now obsessively seeking revenge of the attorney and his family who had defended him before he spent 14 years in prison for rape. The man is nothing short of a human monster, and you are left on the edge of your seat wondering what he is going to do next. This is a movie which ultimately proves that revenge knows no boundaries.

Martin Scorsese is a brilliant filmmaker, and this is another one of his movies that won't disappoint admirers of his work. The only reason why I haven't rated it five stars is because I do believe the original movie to be the best. Having said that, unlike a lot of remakes that have been made of classic films, 'Cape Fear (1991)' is very good indeed.
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on 7 October 2015
It's a Robert Deniro at his best. True classic and directed by Martin Scorsese,one of the best directors around today,he directed Goodfellas,Casino,and The Departed. It also stars a very young Juliet Lewis.

Picture is excellent on blu ray.
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on 27 June 2015
Wonderful film with Robert de Niro at his very best playing the part of a recently released man jailed for rape with sexual battery. His aim now is to get revenge on Sam Bowden, the lawyer who defended him but ''buried'' evidence which could have got him a lesser sentence than 14 years. Brilliant...you will not be disappointed.
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on 9 December 2014
I just had to order this on bluray as I read up that its simply stunning on bluray!-the REVIEW was 100% correct,it is stunning and the sound is very good too!-and it also has some good bonus features too!-its also UNCUT on bluray..I recommend this bluray.
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on 27 August 2014
Great looking and sounding Blu ray for this sinfully underrated classic film.
De Niro at the top of his awesome game and a stellar work from supporting cast.
This is one of the rare cases of remake being better than the original.
Highly recommended!
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