Black Sunday

Black Sunday

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Director: John Frankenheimer

Cast: John Frankenheimer, Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller

     
 

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Once again, Paramount has produced a DVD that mixes high technical quality with a paucity of supplements on their edition of Black Sunday. This disc shines in the presentation of its film. The anamorphically-enhanced video transfer gives cinematographer John Alonzo's expansive visuals a near-flawless treatment and the stereo remix of the film's audio elementsSee more details below

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Once again, Paramount has produced a DVD that mixes high technical quality with a paucity of supplements on their edition of Black Sunday. This disc shines in the presentation of its film. The anamorphically-enhanced video transfer gives cinematographer John Alonzo's expansive visuals a near-flawless treatment and the stereo remix of the film's audio elements gives them a new expansiveness and clarity. Unfortunately, the disc falls short in the area of extras. There is nothing to appease the consumer, not even a theatrical trailer. The quality transfer makes this worthwhile for its budget price, but it's disappointing that Paramount can't deliver any extras when rivals like Warner Bros. routinely add trailers, commentaries, and archival short documentaries to similarly-priced releases. In the end, this DVD of Black Sunday deserves praise for its fine transfer of a deserving film,but the complete lack of supplements is a notable letdown in an otherwise solid package.

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Editorial Reviews

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This slick yet brutal thriller has aged surprisingly well. Black Sunday remains fresh today because it plausibly presents a world where the difference between heroes and villains is minimal; although Kabokov is the story's nominal good guy, he is cold, obsessive and every bit as capable of amoral behavior as his terrorist prey. Robert Shaw appropriately gives the character a reserved, icy facade that periodically slips to let out a bit of humor, regret, or rage. Black Sunday is even more daring in the way it dimensionalizes its antagonists; although Dahlia and Lander set out to commit mass murder, they are painted as misguided souls pushed to the brink by a cruel, unsympathetic world. Marthe Keller and Bruce Dern bring out the wounded humanity lurking beneath these characters' brutal exteriors; Keller is believably steely as a woman who coolly and calculatingly navigates her way through a man's world, and Dern throws out all the stops, creating a character who can shift from amusingly batty to terrifying to pitiful in the same moment. Black Sunday further benefits from a smart script that uses the grim psychology of these characters to flesh out its oft-fantastic plot and tight direction from paranoiac-thriller mastermind John Frankenheimer. His trademark combination of dark humor and gritty action shines in the film's set pieces, especially during a brutal shoot-out on the streets of Miami Beach and the epic Super Bowl finale, which is disturbingly credible despite its disaster-movie conceit. All these elements add up to a thriller that remains quite potent, thanks to its unusual but effective mix of anti-political cynicism and stylish thrills.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
UPC:
0097360885545
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, restored English Mono, French Mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Shaw Kabakov
Bruce Dern Lander
Marthe Keller Dahlia
Fritz Weaver Corley
Steven Keats Moshevsky
Bekim Fehmiu Fasil
Michael Vincente Gazzo Muzi
William Daniels Pugh
Walter Gotell Col. Riaf
Victor Campos Nageeb
Walter Brooke Fowler
James Jeter Watchman
Clyde Kusatsu Freighter Captain
Tom McFadden Farley
Robert Patten Vickers
Than Wyenn Israeli Ambassadoe
Joseph Robbie Himself
Robert Wussler Himself
Pat Summerall Himself
Tom Brookshier Themselves
Tom Brookens Actor
Kim Nicholas Girl Hostage

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Beirut [8:01]
2. Commando Mission [8:48]
3. Captain Michael Lander [2:44]
4. Three Days Late [6:53]
5. Rehabilitation Counseling [6:56]
6. Long Beach Harbor Chase [6:34]
7. Questions for Captain Ogawa [7:02]
8. Major Kabakov's Particulars [2:52]
9. The Night Nurse [7:53]
10. Blink for Yes, Die for No [3:40]
11. Desert Test [3:53]
12. Colonel Riaf [2:48]
13. New Risks [6:09]
14. Miami Stakeout [5:03]
15. "What Exactly Is This Super Bowl?" [1:41]
16. A Shadow in the Picture [4:55]
17. The Teams Assemble [2:34]
18. Security Preparations [9:03]
19. Airborne [3:25]
20. Kickoff [5:49]
21. Takeover of the Blimp [7:48]
22. Helicopter Pursuit [4:41]
23. Into the Stadium [9:26]
24. End Credits [4:45]

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