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Fail Safe (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

4.8 out of 5 stars 178 ratings

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Genre Suspense & Thriller
Format Blu-ray, Subtitled
Language English

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This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all too plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Sidney Lumet wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction. BLU RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet • New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films • “Fail Safe” Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy • PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri

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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Product dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 97 Grams
  • Manufacturer reference ‏ : ‎ BR3108
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Blu-ray, Subtitled
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ 28 January 2020
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ The Criterion Collection
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07Z76B29R
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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Don Edward Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Fail-Safe -- Doomsday film for academics
Reviewed in Canada on 13 February 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and intelligent cold war storybased on a novel with the same title.
Reviewed in Canada on 13 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
Reviewed in the United States on 29 January 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing and gripping film remastered for Blu Ray
Reviewed in the United States on 6 February 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fail Safe Is Fool Proof On Blu-Ray
Reviewed in the United States on 30 March 2021
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