Man on DVD
Definitely Not Safe
From the pen of William Goldman comes this tale of an innocent man thrown
into a life threatening situation.
Dustin Hoffman is Babe Levy, a graduate student who aspires to marathon
running. One day, out of the apparent blue he finds himself swept up in
international intrigue involving Nazis and diamonds.
It happens thanks to his brother (RoyScheider), a government operative
who meets his death at the hands of elderly Nazi war criminal Christian
Szell (marvelously played by Laurence Olivier).Szell, hated and hunted
since WWII, has come to New York City City to find a cache of diamonds,
and there aint nothing going to stand in is way.
Hoffman, in whose apartment his brother died after a long and painful
final trek there, is dragged off and tortured for information he doesnt
have, then supposedly rescued and released but things arent
always what they appear to be in Marathon Man.
It all culminates in a wonderful confrontation between Hoffman and Olivier,
but we certainly arent going to spoil it for you by blabbing the
ending here - or even that much of the leadup to the ending.
Director JohnSchlessinger has done a marvelous job of crafting this
thriller, which hearkens in some ways back to such Hitchcock epics as
North by Northwest. Goldmans screenplay, based on his
novel, is chilling, and the performances are uniformly outstanding. Particular
mention should be made of William Devane and Marthe Keller and
of course Dustin Hoffman.
Youve probably heard of the dentist scene and we wont get
into it here except to say that its definitely very freaky and were
glad we didnt have dental appointments after we watched this.
There are great scenes in NYC as holocaust survivors recognize Czell
and start going after him, as well as some good chases.
The DVD is in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible, with Dolby Digital
5.1 (and restored mono) audio. Picture and sound quality are very good,
and theyve done a nice job of remixing the sound to take advantages
of the surround channels.
Extras include the original making of featurette, interviews
with the cast and crew, footage of rehearsals for shooting, and the trailer.
Marathon Man, from Paramount Home Video
125 min, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 TV compatible, Dolby Digital
5.1 and restored mono
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, Marthe Keller,
Produced by Robert Evans and Sidney Beckerman
Written by William Goldman, Directed by John Schlessinger.
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