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Fail Safe

Spine #1011



Release:
Jan 28, 2020
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Fail Safe

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Sidney Lumet
Licensor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment




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.

Supplements
  • 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 Sidney Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy
  • An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri

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