The Parallax View (1974) DVD9
Perhaps no director tapped into the pervasive sense of dread and mistrust that defined the 1970s more effectively than Alan J. Pakula, who, in the second installment of his celebrated Paranoia Trilogy, offers a chilling vision of America in the wake of the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr. and about to be shocked by Watergate.

The film opens up at the Space Needle in Seattle where a prominent senator is killed by a deranged assassin during a highly publicized public event. Reporter Joseph Frady (Warren Beatty) then begins investigating the assassin and discovers that he might be connected to a giant organization that could be behind some of the most talked-about political executions. Frady digs deep to gather information that can expose the organization and its dealings, but gets lost in a massive rabbit hole where people are dying like flies.

The intense sense of paranoia that permeates this film is its greatest strength. As Frady looks for answers, you get the feeling that the real world is nothing but a playground for extraordinarily powerful shadow figures that have the ability to manipulate every single aspect of it. Sadly, this actually seems like a pretty accurate summation of the reality we face today as well.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn, Hume Cronyn, Kelly Thordsen
Country: USA
Genre: Thriller

BD50, DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:42:08 | 43.9 Gb + 7.34 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English


Introduction - a filmed video introduction to The Parallax View by filmmaker Alex Cox (Repo Man). In English, not subtitled. (2 min).

Alan J. Pakula 1974 - this conversation with Alan J. Pakula was part of the Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar that was held at the American Film Institute in 1974. The director discusses his background and working methods. Also, there are some specific observations about lensing choices in The Parallax View. Audio only. In English, not subtitled. (18 min, 1080p).

Alan J. Pakula 1995 - this archival video interview with Alan J. Pakula was recorded by the American Film Institute in 1995. The director addresses some of the symbolic visuals in The Parallax View as well key themes. In English, not subtitled. (6 min, 1080i).

Gordon Willis - in this archival interview, cinematographer Gordon Willis discusses his collaboration with Alan J. Pakula on The Parallax View. There are some particularly interesting comments about the use of light and the understanding of space in motion pictures, as well as the treatment of reality. The interview was conducted for the American Society of Cinematographers in 2004. In English, not subtitled. (19 min).

Jon Boorstin - in this new program, Jon Boorstin discusses working on the written psychological test and the Parallax test video for The Parallax View. The program was produced for Criterion in 2020. In English, not subtitled. (15 min, 1080p).

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:37:47 | 5.25 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano
Subtitles: English, Slovenian, Francais, Deutsch, Svenska, Dansk, Norsk, Suomi, Nederlands, Bulgarian, Islenska, Portugues, Hebrew, Greek, Hrvatski, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Italiano, Espanol, Romanian, Czech(Ceske), Magyar, Serbian

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