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directed by Martin Scorsese
U.S. 1991

Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese brings heart-pounding suspense to one of the most acclaimed thrillers of all time in Cape Fear. Earning an Academy Award® nomination for his brilliant performance, Robert De Niro stars as vicious psychopath Max Cady who emerges after being imprisoned for fourteen years with a single-minded mission - to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Realizing he is legally powerless to protect his beautiful wife Leigh (Jessica Lange) and his troubled teenage daughter Danielle (Juliette Lewis) against Max's relentless psychological torment, Sam resorts to unorthodox measures, leading to an unforgettable, action-packed showdown on Cape Fear.

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After Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs, the release of Martin Scorsese's hypnotically engrossing Cape Fear locks into place the most exciting movie trend of the year. If this remake of the terrifically nasty 1962 classic takes off at the box office (and I can't imagine that it won't), 1991 is poised to go down as the year of the humanistic thriller-the year in which Demme and Scorsese, the two greatest American film artists now working, infused imaginative new blood into the genre of psychos, shock cuts, and showdowns in dark places.

Like Demme's vertiginous Silence, Cape Fear, which is set to a reorchestrated version of Bernard Herrmann's original, dread-ridden score, is a crowd-pleasing thriller that spins along on the dreams and anxieties of its characters. The movie lacks the druggy visual dazzle — the camera tracking, spinning, flying — associated with Scorsese's best work. The direction, a toned- down version of his usual white-hot kinetic-whiplash style, is so unobtrusive that in many ways you'd never guess the flamboyant master of Raging Bull and GoodFellas was behind the camera. This time, it's Scorsese's humming internal sensibility that rules, as he fuses his obsessions with sin, brutality, and salvation into a throat-grabbing moral melodrama.

Excerpt from Entertainment Weekly HERE

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Theatrical Release Date: November 13th, 1991

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Runtime 2:07:32 2:02:31 (4% PAL speedup) 2:07:45.658
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.58 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.9
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,652,101,716 bytes

Feature: 34,107,310,080 bytes

Codec: VC-1 Video

Total Video Bitrate: 28.63 Mbps

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) , DTS, English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English DD5.1 + German, French, Italian and Spanish DD 3.0

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4093 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4093 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English (Captioned) on both discs; Spanish, French on Disc 2 (White) English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Italian, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Greek, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Hungarian and Bulgarian and none English, Spanish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

 

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Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Making Of (1:20:01)
• Deleted Footage (
9:15)
• Behind the Scenes of the July 4th Parade (2:12)
• On the Set of the Houseboat (1:44)

Photograph Montage

Mattte Paintings (:54)

• Saul Bass Opening Credits (11:42)
• Trailer (2:36)

 

DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star (UK)

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Making Of (1:20:01)
• Deleted Footage (
9:15)
• Behind the Scenes of the July 4th Parade (2:12)
• On the Set of the Houseboat (1:44)

Photograph Montage

Mattte Paintings (:54)

• Saul Bass Opening Credits (11:42)
• Trailer (2:40)

 

DVD Release Date: September  2001
Keep Case

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,652,101,716 bytes

Feature: 34,107,310,080 bytes

Codec: VC-1 Video

Total Video Bitrate: 28.63 Mbps

Edition Details:
• Making Of (
1:20:01)
• Deleted Footage (
9:15)
• Behind the Scenes of the July 4th Parade (2:12)
• On the Set of the Houseboat (1:44)

Photograph Montage

Mattte Paintings (:54)

• Saul Bass Opening Credits (11:42)
• Trailer (2:35)

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Blu-ray Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 18

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - Oct 11': Firstly, a few of these 1080P captures are NOT exact matches with the DVDs - I had the impediment of a non-removable time-bar to contend with and some of the frames are slightly mismatched. I kept seeking signs of digital cleansing by Universal but it appears to be free and looks remarkably sharper beside both DVDs. Skin tones cool off and generally look more accurate. The Universal HD is dual-layered with a high bitrate utilizing the VC-1 encode. It's a notable step beyond the SDs although devoid of grain and texture. It gave me a great presentation but I am still a little suspicious although DNR nor edge-enhancement seem to be prevalent.

The Herrmann/Bernstein score sounds imposing via Universals DTS-HD Master 5.1 at an impressive 4093 kbps. Depth and bass are readily apparent and it almost overtakes the film experience. Separations exist but I never found them crisp but the overall aural soundstage is frequently aggressive and flawless. There are optional subtitles on the Region FREE disc.

Supplements mirror the previous DVD releases with the extensive 'Making of...', 10-minutes of deleted footage, the brief Behind the Scenes of the July 4th Parade and On the Set of the Houseboat plus the Photograph Montage, Mattte Paintings and enjoyable Saul Bass Opening Credits piece - all in 480i.

The Blu-ray is offered at a good price and the audio may b worth that alone. Superbly crafted film - intense and riveting - strongly recommended!   

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ON THE DVDs: Region 1 disc gets a DTS soundtrack in addition to the Dolby Digital one. That is about all I can see as a difference, so my advice would be choose the cheapest you can find. Both discs have the exact same extras and features. I can't easily tell the difference in the picture quality. It looks the same to me. A slight color difference in Max Cady's cell walls is about the only thing I see,

- Gary W. Tooze


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