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Criterion Press Release: Seconds (DVD)


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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 15 2013 - 02:06 PM




SECONDS – Blu-ray & DVD Editions

Rock Hudson (All That Heaven Allows) is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. Seconds, directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate), concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who elects to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life. Starting over in America, however, is not as easy as it sounds. This paranoiac symphony of canted camera angles (courtesy of famed cinematographer James Wong Howe), fragmented editing, and layered sound design is a remarkably risk-taking Hollywood film that ranks high on the list of its legendary director’s major achievements.


1966 • 107 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.75:1 aspect ratio



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

• Audio commentary featuring director John Frankenheimer

• Actor Alec Baldwin on Frankenheimer and Seconds

• New program on the making of Seconds, featuring interviews with Evans Frankenheimer, the director’s widow, and actor Salome Jens

• Interview with Frankenheimer from 1971

• New visual essay by film scholars R. Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance

• PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt




UPC: 7-15515-10861-4

ISBN: 978-1-60465-757-9

SRP: $39.95  

PREBOOK: 7/16/13

STREET: 8/13/13



CAT. NO: CC2295D

UPC: 7-15515-10871-3

ISBN: 978-1-60465-758-6

SRP: $29.95  

PREBOOK: 7/16/13

STREET: 8/13/13



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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   Robin9



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Posted May 16 2013 - 08:05 AM

One of the most sinister films I've ever seen. It's brilliantly done, perhaps too much so because I've never really enjoyed this film.

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