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An efficient Saturday night thriller
on 25 June 2015
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!