January 24, 2011


The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is one of the most powerful cold war films ever produced. Although many movies and spy-style shows of the period reflected a then-current fear and fascination with brainwashing, none could hold a candle to this classic. The character development and meaty performances by Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey brought a palatable weight that continues to hold up for modern viewers. Although real brainwashing is said to be quite different, this tragic movie plays on the familiar device of the evil manipulation of an individual to become a weapon against their own circle under the power of hypnotic suggestion. I recommend the film highly, though Spy Vibers should be prepared for its dark message. It would sit rather well with the John le Carre films if anyone is interested in having a chilly cold war marathon. The film will be released on Blu-ray through a Best Buy exclusive deal on May 3rd. Blu-ray news link here.


  1. This is going to be in my 50 Greatest films I'm doing this year. Would love to see it blu-ray.

  2. Blu-ray review posted on Blu-ray.com:



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