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Fail Safe - The Criterion Collection

£17.99

Barcode: 5050629025231

  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • Certification: TBC
  • Category: Modern Classic
  • Released: 3rd February 2020
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  • Description

    This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter WALTER BERNSTEIN (The Front) and director SIDNEY LUMET (Network) wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring HENRY FONDA (12 Angry Men) as a coolheaded U.S. president and WALTER MATTHAU (Charade) as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet
    • New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films
    • “Fail-Safe” Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy 
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri
  • Product Details

    Actors Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Fritz Weaver, Dom DeLuise, Larry Hagman, Sorrell Brooke, William Hansen
    Directed by Sidney Lumet
    Additional info Language(s): English, Interactive Menu
    No. of discs 1 disc(s)
    Duration 112 mins
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