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One of the great paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR stars Robert Redford as a C.I.A. operative whose small team study every book published in the United States for potential hidden codes, propaganda and any other possibly subversive content. While he is literally "out to lunch" his colleagues are killed by a mysterious unit led by a wonderfully understated Max Von Sydow. Upon discovering his slaughtered co-workers, Redford then embarks on a personal mission of survival to find out the reason why.
I have only recently moved over from DVD to BluRay, but in comparison to the Region 1 DVD edition I have of this film, the difference in quality is quite dramatic; the 40-year-old print looks superb, with terrific sharpness and depth of field thanks to the higher resolution. The extras are nice too, and include a 2001 documentary about director Sydney Pollack, where we get to see the director talking about the varied range of films that he's helmed over the decades, along with an informative interview with critic Sheldon Hall about THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR itself, during which he discusses the film's stature among other similar films of its era like THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974) and Redford's other great gem of the period, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976).
THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR stands a great addition to Eureka's MASTERS OF CINEMA series, and it has certainly sold this film-lover on the virtues of the BluRay experience. Long may Eureka continue to deliver releases like this.
I won't review the film. I loved it as a kid (I was a weird kid) and I still love it now. Redford is calm, quiet and intelligent. Faye Dunaway is vulnerable. Max Von Sydow is cold, clinical and professional.
This is for the Masters of Cinema Bluray/DVD:
This presentation Bluray & DVD combination actually has the same contents on each disc, so you can play one in your old DVD player in the kitchen or bedroom and the Bluray in your lounge with your awesome sound system (plays in Stereo & 5.1). It is, of course presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, so you get the full picture you got in the cinema. Cool.
The extras on this film are sparse but good, with a retrospect of director Sydney Pollack's career showing just how eclectic but reliable he was in his career (60 mins); also a short documentary (22 mins) with film historian Sheldon Hall about the genesis of the film, or the film that never was; and the original theatrical trailer (3 mins); and lastly a 32 page booklet (which I'll admit I haven't yet read).
It's altogether a very classy package and I think only really missing one element: There's no commentary on the film. I understand that there can't be a director's commentary, but I'm sure a film historian or critic could have filled in if not Redford himself. I am though still very pleased with the package as a whole.
This is a review of the Eureka Masters of Cinema Dual Format DVD. We watched the Blu-ray. We have found all the Eureka DVDs we have purchased to be excellent quality so far. The picture was fresh and clean, and the sound was excellent on this one.
It is well over 25 years since my husband and I last watched this film, and we had forgotten just how gripping it is. And the plot still appears relevant even all these years later. Robert Redford is eminently watchable, with an intelligent, measured performance. There is no carpet-chewing, or gung-ho over-acting, just good, clever plot, tight economical performances, especially by Max von Sydow as the hired assassin, and some nice location-shooting, particularly in New York.
This remains an excellent, exciting and enjoyable film, with the power to shock, and with a pleasingly enigmatic ending. It is still well worth a top star rating.
Another success from EUREKA "MASTERS OF CINEMA. The BLU RAY/DVD COMBO is excellent VFM. I watched the Blu Ray and it is a superb transfer - filmed in Panavision the transfer has bars top and bottom and is just gorgeous to look at. Excellent sound and optional English subtitles plus an informative booklet add up to a great buy. The extras as usual with Eureka are listed here on the Amazon web page. The film is on the surface a political thriller, full of paranoia and mistrust. Who is to be trusted? Even tho I have seen the film before, not for many years, there were still plenty of surprises. Redford makes for a believable hero and Dunaway, in a rather wasted role scores well. For me the film is stolen by Max Von Sydow as a ruthless assassin (he must have done a little jig when he was offered the script - "this I can have fun with"!!). Plenty of action, a gripping plot and interesting New York location work make this a film to enjoy, and think about in today's political climate. Recomended.
Wow! We so need balance! This is u believably poor quality for a HD transfer!! There are moments in the film where Redford is talking on the office staircase with the old colleague and their flesh tones actually disappear----like someone has just crayoned over the detail. At another point, on the street, Redford has a building in the background that has a wall that appears to have radioactive fizz oozing out of it!
What is the ___king point?! Eureka?! Does nobody at your company perform quality control checks?! Rubbish. I could have mastered this in my sleep----so, obviously, did you... Paid a fiver---still feel robbed.
Great film with a superb performance from Robert Redford. A CIA analyst goes on the run after his team are murdered. The film still stands today and at the end some poignant questions being posed. DVD itself worked fine but it did start with subtitles that I stupidly thought were part of the film! Took me half hour to realise and took them off in the usual way (going back to main menu and subtitles off). Well worth the watch.
Ther are those who say Sydney Pollock had no 'style' that defined him as an auteur. Pollocks! He was a great director making wonderful films in every genre you can think of, and he was no slouch as anactor either! This film feels a little dated now in its appearance, but the acting is great from a stellar cast. And, the story seems somehow less contrivede and unbelievable after the war on terror and now Trump. The scene stealer is Max Von Sydow, playing a cool, calm, collected and totally believable assassin, his ruthless charm is terrifying, his description of how things are likely to end for the hero bears the ring of truth. All the more so nowadays. A real class act. Watch and enjoy BTG.
Even though Home Video is used in this items description, it is NOT a VHS video, but in fact a DVD of a region that cannot be played in Britain. Both misleading advertisement and a waste of my money. This seller should be struck off!!