Please try again. But it seems that in those years, movie producers where far more brave and maverick than in the last 20 years. Despite this, I heartily endorse the other 5 star reviews. Years ahead of its time - Presented on a fantastic blu ray edition, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2013. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The film - highly recommended to anyone not of a nervous disposition. But if you are ever so bored and you can't fall asleep, watch this and it will soon do the trick! The Scene-Stealers Podcast on iTunes or our RSS. A movie from the mid sixties that still appears so contemporary. It's downhill from there. Of his eleven theatrical films made during this period, none is more chilling or prescient than 1966’s Seconds, the third and crowning chapter of what’s now known as Frankenheimer’s paranoia trilogy. These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers. After all, how awful can its years of production - the 1960s - be? Now, years later, I see, yes, the acting is somewhat awkward, but Rock Hudson must have felt 'somewhat' awkward in the role of a man faking his way through a life contrary to his real proclivities, with (to say the least) catastrophic consequences.. Combatting this are the pitch-perfect performances of his co-stars Will Geer, Salome Gens and Jeff Corey. Since the Company is cagey about its location, for instance, Arthur can’t go there directly. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Extended holiday return window till Jan 31, 2021, Cat People (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Carnival of Souls (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. This paranoiac symphony of canted camera angles (courtesy of famed cinematographer James Wong Howe), fragmented editing, and layered sound design is a remarkably risk-taking Hollywood film that ranks high on the list of its legendary director’s achievements. A most unsettling but engrossing tale which is well worth investing in. It’s also a powerfully constructed work of art, darting with icy precision among a wealth of narrative, thematic, and cinematic ideas. Starting over in America, however, is not as easy as it sounds. Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2019. The next time he entered a film theatre was in 1982 to see ' ET the extra terrestrial ' it terrified him so much. Price Match Guarantee. Every shot and scene unfolds with the inexorable (il)logic of a nightmare—but a lucid nightmare, since Frankenheimer’s fierce intelligence is at work along with his filmmaking skills. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Get info about new releases, essays and interviews on the Current, Top 10 lists, and sales. Then the brilliant opening shot - weird beyond belief - and then the first third of the film, which was brilliant. You know immediately what type of journey you are about to embark upon. Excellent movie! Deep blacks, clean whites along with good contrast. This DVD will not play on most DVD players sold in the UK [Region 2]. It’s less a polemic than a punch to the sociopolitical solar plexus. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. 8:00 Skip to 8 minutes and 0 seconds So based on the Criterion (iv), the Bath reflects two great eras in human history: Roman and Georgian. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Some scenes are shot in a way I think nobody even saw before. Disorienting close-ups reappear in the first scene, where a man from the Company stalks Arthur through Grand Central Terminal, slipping him a secret address just before his train pulls out of the station. The astonishing finale carries the story’s logic to its ultimate conclusion, packing as strong a narrative wallop as anything Frankenheimer ever created. The orgy scene making wine where he gets drunk goes on, and on, and on, and on. Yes, you are travelling first class towards an existential nightmare. “A Second Look” is a new documentary as Evans Frankenheimer (John’s widow) and actress Salome Jens discuss the film and the varied history of it. Bad acting aside, I never forgot about it. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy! 3. I won't give away the plot but it helps if you are in the right mood for this type of film as it is not always an easy watch. These three movies set a lofty standard for postnoir cinema in the late sixties and beyond, presaging a dark parade of angst-drenched thrillers stretching from Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes (1971) and Alan J. Pakula’s The Parallax View (1974) to Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton (2007). Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, concerns a middle-aged banker who, dissatisfied with his suburban existence, elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. By that time about fifty people had left the theater. No other film I’ve seen quite captures the feeling of being trapped like Seconds does. Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019. From the start, I was captivated, amazed. The black and white cinematography, off kilter camera angles and unsettling music set the scene for a film which you'll certainly remember. Astounding. - Order by Phone 1-800-336-4627 Criterion's new retrospective "A Second Look: Evans Frankenheimer and Salome Jens" (18:37) interviews the director's widow and Seconds' leading lady. ‘Ishtar’ on Blu-ray, Along with Solid Doc ‘West of Memphis’, Next post: Interview with Joshua Oppenheimer, director of ‘The Act of Killing’. The Manchurian Candidate (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], House (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], The War of the Worlds (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Come and See (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], The Elephant Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], Fail Safe (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]. Absolutely don't miss it. Criterion Collection: Seconds [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] From the opening musical score the scene is set. Despite his flair for the fantastic, he once told me that “semidocumentary realism” was his strong suit, and the three paranoia films benefit from an overlay of normal life that adds plausibility to their unlikely plots and makes us all the more startled when the real gives way to the surreal. SECONDS, directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate), concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. One of the scariest movies of all time, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2019, Seconds is the final movie in Frankenheimer paranoia trilogy and its by far the bleakest and horrifying, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2016. There's a problem loading this menu right now. But the mirage soon fades when he learns that all his new friends are “reborns” too. A little going around in circles. Suffice it to say, things do not go well. Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer, concerns a middle-aged banker who, dissatisfied with his suburban existence, elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Rock Hudson is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. He had spent the 1950s as a busy director of live television, and by 1966 he had made six features. But within seconds, the weirdness of the Saul Bass title sequence and the brilliantly unsettling Jerry Goldsmith music shut them up. A particularly haunting element is Geer’s brilliant performance as the folksy old gent who founded the Company and still clucks over it like a mother hen. Amazon's Choice recommends highly rated and well-priced products. Then radical surgery will alter his looks, his voice, his fingerprints, and even his signature to the point where his most intimate friends—not that Arthur has any—will fail to recognize him.