The Manhattan Project

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John Lithgow stars in the nuclear action-drama The Manhattan Project. MGM's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (with a full-frame transfer on side B) is nice, even with a small amount of grain and edge enhancement popping up in the picture. Overall, the transfer includes bright colors, dark black levels, and well-maintained flesh tones. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in English and is uniformly flat and uninspired. While there are a few effects that bounce back and forth ...
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John Lithgow stars in the nuclear action-drama The Manhattan Project. MGM's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (with a full-frame transfer on side B) is nice, even with a small amount of grain and edge enhancement popping up in the picture. Overall, the transfer includes bright colors, dark black levels, and well-maintained flesh tones. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in English and is uniformly flat and uninspired. While there are a few effects that bounce back and forth though the front speakers, overall this is a very mono-inspired soundtrack with little in the way of range or depth. Also included on this disc are English, Spanish, and French subtitles. The extra features on this disc are lingering at the bare minimum -- all the consumer gets for his money is a measly theatrical trailer for the film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo Surround; English, French, Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
An uneasy blend of precocious teen comedy, cautionary tale, and message movie, Marshall Brickman's directorial debut highlights some of the best and worst aspects of mainstream moviemaking in the '80s. Manhattan Project starts out a warm, winning human comedy on the aftermath of divorce, with mom Jill Eikenberry and new boyfriend John Lithgow exhibiting loads of awkward charm, and son Christopher Collet striking the right balance between perturbed and just plain annoying. When the ripped-from-the-headlines plot kicks in, however, the film forgets that it's supposed to be about real people and not trumped-up atomic agitprop -- it becomes a left-wing Red Dawn. (It doesn't help that the technology featured in the film would have seemed out of date in 1978.) It's clear that former comedy writer Brickman is out of his league when the film's would-be pulse-pounding finale is shot and edited so as to have all the tension and buildup of a Midwestern state fair. Obviously, Brickman and company intended for a WarGames-style fusion of suburban sitcom and Cold War thriller, but where that film was buoyed by a pair of animated teen performers -- Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy -- Manhattan Project has to make do with the capable-but-underused Cynthia Nixon and the sedate, opaque Collet. Best to shut this one off at the midway point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • UPC: 027616876621
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Lithgow John Mathewson
Christopher Collet Paul Stephens
Cynthia Nixon Jenny Anderman
Jill Eikenberry Elizabeth Stephens
John Mahoney Lieutenant Colonel Conroy
Sully Boyar Night Guard
Dan Butler [Medatomics Lab]
Tery Cummins Terry
Allen De Cheser Jenny's Brother [Ithaca]
Heather Rose Dominic Flirting Kid
John Doumanian Cabbie
Gregg Edelman Science Teacher
Frank Ferera [Medatomics Lab]
Warren Manzi Day Attendant
Jimmie Ray Weeks [Medatomics Lab]
Steve Zettler [Medatomics Lab]
Richard Caselnova SWATS [Medatomics Lab]
Richard Jenkins Controler Medatomic Lab
Timothy Carhart Relief Guard
J.D. Cullum Eccles
Abe Unger Roland
Richard Council Government
Robert Schenkkan Civil Servant University
Paul Austin General
Adrian Sparks Scientist
Curt Dempster Scientist
Bran Ferren Lab Assistant
Robert Sean Leonard Max
David Quinn Tennis
Geoffrey Nauffts Craig
Katherine Hiler Emma
Steve Borton Local FBI
Harlan Cary Poe Local FBI
Ned Schmidtke Jenny's Dad
Sarah Burke Jenny's Mom
Fred G. Smith Conroy's Lieutenant
Manny Jacobs Moore
Charlie Fields Price [Science Fair]
Eric Hsiao Salto
Trevor Bolling Child Halley Project
Richard Cardona Child Laser Project
Bruce Smolanoff Child
Joan Kendall Cab Driver
Tom Tarpey Injection Doctor
Alec Massey FBI
Edward D. Murphy FBI
Dee Ann McDavid FBI
Joan Harris TV Reporter Barbara Collins
Kerry Donovan Himself
Ken Chapin Controler Nuclear Urgency
Peter McRobbie Electronics
Warren Keith Computer [Nuclear Emergency Search Team]
Bruce Jarchow Examiner Nuclear Urgency
Stephen Markle Examiner Nuclear Urgency
Fred Melamed Assay Technician
Michael Telesco Receptionnist Medatomic Lab
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot [Nuclear Emergency Search Team]
Technical Credits
Marshall Brickman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Thomas Baum Screenwriter
Ron Bozman Asst. Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Dean Makeup
Nina Feinberg Editor
Frank Ferera Stunts
Bran Ferren Special Effects
Robert Guerra Art Director
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Ogden Producer, Production Manager
Nina Ramsey Set Decoration/Design
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Phil Smith Set Decoration/Design
Billy Williams Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. 99.997% / Main Title [5:42]
2. Ithaca's Boy Genius [6:44]
3. Meeting Mathewson [3:08]
4. Lasers. Lies. Clover? [9:30]
5. "We Can Get In!" [5:25]
6. "It's a Prank" [19:40]
7. "Another Thought..." [1:49]
8. Paul's Big Project [8:22]
9. Shampoo & Insight [4:05]
10. The Nuclear Club [12:19]
11. Mom / Intl. Terrorism? [7:46]
12. A Dangerous Plan [11:12]
13. Deterrents / Chance [8:56]
14. "5, 4, 3, 2..." [7:11]
15. "Too Many Secrets" [2:33]
16. End Credits [3:06]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. 99.997% / Main Title [5:42]
2. Ithaca's Boy Genius [6:44]
3. Meeting Mathewson [3:08]
4. Lasers. Lies. Clover? [9:30]
5. "We Can Get In!" [5:25]
6. "It's a Prank" [19:40]
7. "Another Thought..." [1:49]
8. Paul's Big Project [8:22]
9. Shampoo & Insight [4:05]
10. The Nuclear Club [12:19]
11. Mom / Intl. Terrorism? [7:46]
12. A Dangerous Plan [11:12]
13. Deterrents / Chance [8:56]
14. "5, 4, 3, 2..." [7:11]
15. "Too Many Secrets" [2:33]
16. End Credits [3:06]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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