John Frankenheimers The Manchurian Candidate erscheint im Februar 2015 bei Arrow Films

John Frankenheimers herausragender Paranoia-Thriller „Botschafter der Angst / The Manchurian Candidate“ [USA 1962] ist in den USA direkt von MGM auf Blu-ray veröffentlicht worden. In Großbritannien konnte Arrow Video den Film von MGM lizensieren und wird ihn am 16. Februar 2015 auf Blu-ray innerhalb der „Arrow Academy„-Reihe den Handel bringen. Das Bonusmaterial der US-Disc wird enthalten sein, hinzu kommt die Dokumentation „The Directors: John Frankenheimer“. Weitere Extras werden in Aussicht gestellt, um welche es sich handeln wird, ist jedoch noch nicht bekannt.

After saving the lives of his platoon during the Korean War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is hailed as a bona fide American hero. This couldn’t have come at a better time for his mother (Angela Lansbury) who is hell-bent on boosting the career of his stepfather, a senator straight from the McCarthyite wing of the US political spectrum with designs on the Presidency.

So far so familiar – but why does Shaw’s former captain (Frank Sinatra) have recurring nightmares that suggest that his distinguished comrade-in-arms might not be all that he seems?

Based on the memorably paranoid bestseller by Richard Condon (Prizzi’s Honor), this is one of the greatest of all Cold War suspense thrillers, not least for its alarmingly original take on the notion of „the enemy within“. Angela Lansbury won multiple awards and an Oscar nomination for her performance as one of the most monstrous mothers in screen history, but perhaps the most unnerving thing about the film is the way that its political satire remains so perfectly on target more than half a century later.


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature, transferred from original elements by MGM
  • Uncompressed 1.0 PCM soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
  • The Directors: John Frankenheimer, an hour-long portrait from 2000, including interviews with Frankenheimer, Kirk Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Roy Scheider, Rod Steiger and many others
  • Interview with John Frankenheimer, Frank Sinatra and screenwriter George Axelrod from the film’s 1988 revival
  • Queen of Diamonds: an interview with Angela Lansbury
  • A Little Solitaire: an appreciation of the film by director William Friedkin (The Exorcist)
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • More to be announced!

UPDATE 30. Januar 2015
Die Veröffentlichung wurde um eine Woche auf den 23. Februar 2015 verschoben. Außerdem hat Arrow Films die finalen Details bekannt gegeben. Die „Stills gallery“ entfällt, hinzugekommen ist nur noch dies:

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
  • Collector’s booklet containing new writing by Peter Knight (Conspiracy Culture) and Neil Sanders (Your Thoughts Are Not Your Own), illustrated with original production stills.

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  1. Christian Liemke

    Die Veröffentlichung von „The Manchurian Candidate“ wurde um eine Woche auf den 23. Februar 2015 verschoben.

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