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

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Features

ActorHenry Fonda; Dan O'Herlihy; Walter Matthau; Frank Overton; Edward Binns
Audience RatingNR (Not Rated)
BindingBlu-ray
CreatorSidney Lumet; Eric Fellner; Max E. Youngstein; Tim Bevan; Paul Webster
DirectorSidney Lumet
EAN0715515240413
EAN ListEAN List Element: 0715515240413
FormatBlu-ray; Subtitled
GenreDrama
Item DimensionsHeight: 540; Length: 70; Weight: 37; Width: 750
LabelThe Criterion Collection
ManufacturerThe Criterion Collection
Number Of Discs1
Number Of Items1
Package DimensionsHeight: 70; Length: 750; Weight: 37; Width: 540
Product GroupDVD
Product Type NameABIS_DVD
PublisherThe Criterion Collection
Release Date2020-01-28
StudioThe Criterion Collection
TitleFail Safe (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
UPC715515240413
UPC ListUPC List Element: 715515240413

On January 28, 2020, the Criterion Collection releases Fail Safe on Blu-ray. Sidney Lumet directed the film starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, and Fritz Weaver.

‘Fail Safe’ Criterion Summary

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.

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

New cover by Adam Maida

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On January 28, 2020, the Criterion Collection releases Fail Safe on Blu-ray. Sidney Lumet directed the film starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, and Fritz Weaver.

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