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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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on 6 April 2016
Just a quick comparison between the original Cinema Club dvd release, and the recent Network release.
Don't be too eager to dismiss the original; if you examine the two versions, there are pros and cons to both. The Cinema Club disc does have more noticeable grain and framing could be a little better, although the picture does appear very slightly sharper. Network's release has an improved ratio but picture quality is softer and with more muted colours.
Sound is a little quiet on both, but I think the original still gets the nod.
Of course this is all very subjective, but there was nothing better to do tonight.
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on 13 March 2016
RANSOM on this Network blu ray is immaculately presented in crystal clarity. The story however is less clear and the twist at the end just left me confused, though having read reviews about it and now having a greater understanding of the ending I feel sure I will enjoy it more on a second viewing. It's certainly not in the same entertainment league as a James Bond movie, more like an episode of that TV series with Bodie and Doyle (what was it called?) but Connery as usual gives a very good convincing performance and I have seen lots of movies which are far less entertaining. Nothing outstanding but definitely worth a look. KAN
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on 27 January 2015
Not the best Connery but a good and entertaining very 70's action thriller also an exciting Jerry Goldsmith score !
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Ransom is a great film, and all i can say about the picture quality is WOW! its just beautiful and well worth the upgrade.
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on 25 March 2015
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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on 4 January 2016
If you think that if Connery was still doing Bond he would have been in the much warmer climes as Phucket & Hong Kong doing The Man With The Golden Gun. But instead Connery is in the very cold, snowy & wet Scandanavia with a film that feels like a tv movie, It has the feel of an episode of Bergerac to me. It's a slightly boring plot that left me not really understanding what was going on and not really caring as it continued. Connery continues or starts his ability to be Scottish of accent no matter where he is from, here he is meant to be Scandinavian. Not a film I would go out of my way to watch again, but mearly ok
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on 26 May 2015
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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on 11 January 2016
The the picture and sound quality of this field considering the age of this flim this film could be set in this time period as we under control of the radical government's
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on 9 March 2016
Good transfer to DVD of a rarely shown thriller. If you like Sean Connery with a moustache and taut action, this is for you
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