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One of the more original movies to come out of the 1970s, director John Schlesinger's manic thriller about a man (Dustin Hoffman) unwittingly caught up in a Nazi plot scored an Academy Award nomination for legendary actor Laurence Olivier. Paramount has also gone the distance with this edition of Marathon Man on DVD. Featuring a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Marathon Man looks surprisingly good for its age. Although images sometimes look flat and dull, overall the colors are bright and the blacks a nice ...
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One of the more original movies to come out of the 1970s, director John Schlesinger's manic thriller about a man (Dustin Hoffman) unwittingly caught up in a Nazi plot scored an Academy Award nomination for legendary actor Laurence Olivier. Paramount has also gone the distance with this edition of Marathon Man on DVD. Featuring a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Marathon Man looks surprisingly good for its age. Although images sometimes look flat and dull, overall the colors are bright and the blacks a nice solid dark. A small amount of edge enhancement is spotted in minor scenes, but this should not intrude on the viewer's enjoyment. Audio is presented in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is less than stellar. Marathon Man is not a high-octane action film, and as such, was not in dire need of an expansive remix. However, the 5.1 track is more than welcome and certainly much clearer than the Dolby 1.0 track also included on this disc (in English and French). Directional effects are present in some scenes. Also included are English subtitles. Although not a full-blown special edition, Marathon Man includes some fairly nice extra features. Two featurettes -- a newly produced "Going the Distance: Remembering Marathon Man," and a 1976 promotional spot titled "The Making of Marathon Man" -- are both funny and insightful. The 1976 featurette is somewhat goofy and fun, while the newly produced segment features interviews with cast and crew reminiscing about the making of Marathon Man. Rehearsal footage is included, but is somewhat unengaging, and there are some cast and crew biographies and a theatrical trailer. While not perfect, Marathon Man does make it to the finish line with a nice edition that should please fans.
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Special Features

Rehearsal footage; cast and crew interviews; featurette Making Of Marathon Man; theatrical trailer
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Marathon Man is probably best remembered for the scene in which the evil Laurence Olivier tortures a sweaty, helpless Dustin Hoffman by way of dental surgery. The movie was director John Schlesinger's take on two popular mid-'70s genres: it was a paranoid spy film, like Three Days of the Condor or The Parallax View, and a Nazi-on-the-loose film like The Odessa File. Written by William Goldman, the material is somewhat preposterous, but Schlesinger fills the movie with moments of tense intrigue and suspense. Olivier was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and Hoffman appeared in another classic paranoia film, All the President's Men, that same year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • UPC: 097360878943
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Babe Levy
Laurence Olivier Szell
Roy Scheider Doc Levy
William Devane Janeway
Marthe Keller Elsa
Fritz Weaver Prof. Biesenthal
Richard Bright Karl
Allen Joseph Babe's Father
Tito Goya Melendez
Ben Dova Szell's Brother
Jacques Marin LeClerc
Nicole Deslauriers Nicole
Lotta Andor-Palfi Old Lady on 47th Street
Alma Beltran Laundress
Ric Carrott Plainclothesman
Church Street Gang
Annette Claudier Nurse
George Dega Hotel Valet
Tom Ellis TV Announcer
Tom Ellis TV Announcer
Roger Etienne Headwaiter
Chuy Franco Guard in Uruguay
Bryant Fraser Young Photographer
John Garson Bystander
Lou Gilbert Rosenbaum
Harry Goz Jewelry Salesman
Wilfredo Hernandez Street Gang
Billy Kearns Tourist
Madge Kennedy Lady in Bank
Marc Lawrence Erhard
William Martel Bank Guard
Estelle Omens Bystander
Lionel Pina Street Gang
Glenn Robards Plainclotheman
Ray Serra Truck Driver
Lee Steele Jewelry Salesman
Fred Stuthman Jewelry Salesman
Jaime Tirelli Street Gang
Michael Vale Jewelry Salesman
James Wing Woo Chen
Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Sidney Beckerman Producer
Jim Clark Editor
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack de Shields Art Director
Robert Evans Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
William Goldman Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Richard Johnson Special Effects
George Justin Associate Producer, Production Manager
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Michael Small Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dick Smith Special Effects
Charles Spurgeon Special Effects
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Long Distance Runner [1:12]
2. Key To The Box [2:12]
3. Traffic Snarl [2:57]
4. Incendiary Car Chase [:03]
5. Race Along The River [2:12]
6. Report Of Klaus Szell's Death [2:05]
7. The Box Inside The Box [1:25]
8. LeClerc's Shop [:30]
9. Bomb In The Baby Carriage [1:47]
10. Bisenthal's Seminar [2:58]
11. Father's Footsteps [:56]
12. Reassurance At The Cafe [:21]
13. French Opera [1:42]
14. "LeClerc's Dead.It's Not Safe." [2:40]
15. The Wire Garrote [1:31]
16. The Clinic [:29]
17. Library Meeting [1:21]
18. "You Forgot Your Book." [2:14]
19. Somewhere In Uruguay [2:40]
20. Central Park [:17]
21. Courting [1:41]
22. Mugged [1:44]
23. Letter To Doc [2:14]
24. The Land Of Plenty [:13]
25. Sons Of The Father [3:00]
26. Truffles And Green-Eyed Chablis [:45]
27. Scylla Stabbed [1:29]
28. Doc's Last Gasp [:54]
29. Questioning Babe [:13]
30. Janeway And The Division [1:00]
31. Haunted Memories [1:49]
32. Through The Bathroom Door [3:18]
33. Dentistry-"Is It Safe" [2:16]
34. Apparent Rescue [3:25]
35. The Drill [:40]
36. Praise From Caesar [2:46]
37. Escape On Foot [1:32]
38. A Dime To Make A Call [:56]
39. Waking Melendez [:43]
40. Rob My Apartment [4:32]
41. Safe House [1:35]
42. A Courier-Nothing More [:16]
43. "Where Is Szell?" [2:42]
44. The Price Of A Diamond [3:26]
45. Der Weisse Engel [:54]
46. Safe Deposit [4:15]
47. Hold-Up-"It Isn't Safe" [3:22]
48. The Ultimate Theft [1:10]
49. Essen [1:41]
50. End Credits [2:59]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
   Special Features
      "The Magic Of Hollywood":Original Making Of Marathon Man
      Going The Distance:Remembering Marathon Man
      Theatrical Trailer
      Rehearsal Footage
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2002

    Is it safe?

    A tense thriller with Dustin Hoffman as the everyman plunged into a terrifing situation not of his own making. We identify with Hoffman as he tries to survive and unravel the bewildering mystery involving Nazis, diamonds, double crosses and the most harrowing dental exam ever.

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