The Final Programme

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Robert Fuest's The Final Programme comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Fuest and star Jenny Runacre, the theatrical trailer, a television commercial, and an biography of the director. This is a strong release from Anchor...
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Robert Fuest's The Final Programme comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Fuest and star Jenny Runacre, the theatrical trailer, a television commercial, and an biography of the director. This is a strong release from Anchor Bay.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.77:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Robert Fuest and star Jenny Runacre, moderated by journalist Jonathon Sothcott; U.S. theatrical trailer; U.S. TV spot; Robert Fuest bio
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of science fiction scribe Michael Moorcock will likely find the screen version of The Finale Programme to be a bit of a desecration, but even those who are totally unfamiliar with the source are likely to have some problems with this arch adaptation. This is unfortunate, because the basic set-up, while it shares similarities with other sci-fi tales, has a lot of promise. Equally unfortunate, director (and designer) Robert Fuest has provided a wonderfully intriguing visual look for the film. True, that look is heavily and undeniably influenced by the time period (mid-1970s) in which the film was made, and as a result feels dated rather that futuristic. But even so, the production design is wild and inventive and makes much of Programme a visual joyride. It's a shame that Fuest's direction isn't as imaginative as his design; instead, it's frightfully earthbound when one wants something that soars. Worse, it's laced with a certain deadpan irony (also typical of the period) that works against the film's need to explore the fantastic. Even with better direction, Programme would be a bit of a chore, as the screenplay is chaotic and messy. The cast tries hard, but they're hampered by the material and by Fuest's supervision; however, Sterling Hayden manages to enliven things considerably with his bizarre but highly effective turn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • UPC: 013131164299
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Finch Jerry Cornelius
Jenny Runacre Miss Brunner
Patrick Magee Dr. Baxter
Sterling Hayden Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
Hugh Griffith Professor Hira
Harry Andrews John
George Coulouris Dr. Powys
Graham Crowden Dr. Smiles
Sarah Douglas Catherine
Basil Henson Dr. Lucas
Ronald Lacey Shades
Gilles Milinaire Dimitri
Derrick O'Connor Frank
Sandy Ratcliff Jenny
Delores Delmar Fortune Teller
Sandra Dickinson Waitress
Julie Ege Miss Dazzle
Mary McLeod Nurse
Technical Credits
Robert Fuest Director, Production Designer, Screenwriter
Roy Baird Executive Producer
Paul Beaver Score Composer
John Goldstone Producer
Philip Harrison Art Director
Bernard Krause Score Composer
Sandy Lieberson Producer
Gerry Mulligan Score Composer
Barbara Pokras Editor
David Puttnam Executive Producer
Barrie Vince Editor
Norman Warwick Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/ Main Titles [2:36]
2. Jerry Cornelius [4:37]
3. What The Butler Saw [4:29]
4. Major Wrongway Lindbergh [3:45]
5. Day At The Arcade [3:16]
6. Miss Brunner [3:30]
7. Dueling Intellects [4:26]
8. Home Defense [3:40]
9. Blundering Into A Trap [4:55]
10. Katerine [2:52]
11. High-Tech Shootout [2:17]
12. Miss Brunner Plays Rough [2:34]
13. Sunnydale Nursing Home [4:42]
14. "How blue your eyes are, Jenny" [4:48]
15. A Drive In The Country [3:15]
16. The Mysterious Dr. Baxter [3:53]
17. Brotherly Love [3:53]
18. An Enticing Invitation [3:49]
19. Daddy's Summer Place [3:57]
20. The Best Brains In Europe [5:01]
21. Fight With Dimitri [3:42]
22. The Final Programme [4:22]
23. The New Messiah [2:47]
24. End Credits [1:59]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Extras
      U.S. Trailer
      U.S. TV Spot
      Commentary
         On
         Off
      Robert Fuest Bio
   Play
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