Cape Fear

Cape Fear

Gregory Peck
Director: J. Lee Thompson Cast: Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
, Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
, Polly Bergen
Polly Bergen
J. Lee Thompson

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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This edition of Cape Fear may not have everything, but nobody will come away disappointed with this Universal DVD release of the taut suspensor. The widescreen letterbox dual-layer transfer was struck from a very clean print; the print has some minor scratches on it but nothing that is too obtrusive. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track is pristine and showcases Bernard Herrmann's knock-out score. There are a few extras, the best of which is an original "making of" documentary. Better than the average DVD featurette, it basically contains edited interviews with star/producer Gregory Peck and director J. Lee Thompson. Both men are charming and Thompson displays cheeky good humor as he talks about the production in general, star Robert Mitchum in particular, how Hitchcock inspired him, the issue of censorship, and his positive view of the Cape Fear remake. It's an entertaining and educational featurette but it would've been wise to balance the memories of these two people with archival interview material with other members of the cast and crew, particularly Mitchum. During the Great Depression, the future actor was incarcerated as a teenage hobo in Georgia (where location shooting took place) and put into a chain gang. His crime was homelessness and the state got free labor out of prisoners at a time when unemployment ran rampant. Mitchum never forgot this injustice and was none too happy to be back in Georgia. Supposedly, the grudge he held about it colored his chilling portrayal of a brilliant, charming sociopath who feels he was wronged. His grounded, understated performance is far more chilling than anything Robert De Niro did in the worthy remake. The disc also includes the theatrical trailer, production notes, a poster gallery, biographies, and a rather paltry photo album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2001
UPC: 0025192063428
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 5,460

Special Features

Exclusive original documentary; photo gallery with original score by Bernard Hermann; poster gallery; production notes; cast and filmmaker biographies; DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Sam Bowden
Robert Mitchum Max Cady
Polly Bergen Peggy Bowden
Lori Martin Nancy
Martin Balsam Chief Dutton
Jack Kruschen Dave Grafton
Telly Savalas Charles Sievers
Barrie Chase Diane Taylor
Paul Comi Garner
John R. McKee Officer Marconi
Page Slattery Deputy Kersek
Edward Platt Judge
Will Wright Dr. Pearsall
Joan Staley Waitress
Mack Williams Dr. Lowney
Thomas Newman Lt. Gervasi
Alan Reynolds Vernon
Herb Armstrong Waiter
Allan Ray Young Blade
Paul Levitt Police Operator
Ward Ramsey Officer Brown
Jack Richardson Deputy
Al Silvani Man
Josephine Smith Librarian

Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Sy Bartlett Producer
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Frank Prehoda Makeup
George Tomasini Editor
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Ernest B. Wehmeyer Production Manager
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer
John D. MacDonald Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [1:18]
2. A Man With Attitude [4:15]
3. Happy Family [3:27]
4. Chat With The Chief [4:22]
5. A Show Of Power [7:06]
6. Warning The Women [5:00]
7. Cady Lawyers Up [6:12]
8. Max Cady: Rock Bottom [11:09]
9. At The Marina [3:21]
10. At School [7:51]
11. Sam And Max Talk [8:34]
12. Sam's Mistake [2:32]
13. Plans For The Family [2:19]
14. On Cape Fear [2:28]
15. Being Observed [8:07]
16. Turning Tables [9:05]
17. A Long Life... [15:07]
18. End Titles [2:40]

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