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In 1971, Frederick Forsythe shot to bestseller status with his debut novel, The Day of the Jackal taut, utterly plausible, almost documentarian in its realism and attention to detail. Two years later, director Fred Zinnemann (High Noon) turned a gripping novel into a nail-biting cinematic experience.

August 1962: the latest attempt on the life of French President Charles de Gaulle by the far right paramilitary organisation, the OAS, ends in chaos, with its architect-in-chief dead at the hands of a firing squad. Demoralised and on the verge of bankruptcy, the OAS leaders meet in secret to plan their next move. In a last desperate attempt to eliminate de Gaulle, they opt to employ the services of a hired assassin from outside the fold. Enter the Jackal (Edward Fox, Gandhi): charismatic, calculating, cold as ice. As the Jackal closes in on his target, a race against the clock ensues to identify and put a stop to a killer whose identity, whereabouts and modus operandi are completely unknown.

Co-starring a plethora of talent from both sides of the Channel, including Michael Lonsdale (Munich), Derek Jacobi (The Odessa File) and Cyril Cusack (1984) and featuring striking cinematography by Jean Tournier (Moonraker), The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest political thrillers of all time.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New interview with Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience
  • Two rare archival clips from the film set, including an interview with Fred Zinnemann
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Original screenplay by Kenneth Ross (BD-ROM content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by critic Mark Cunliffe and film historian Sheldon Hall
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Cyril Cusack
Director:
Fred Zinnemann
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
137 mins approx.
studio:
Arrow Video
Theatrical Release Year:
1973

The Day Of The Jackal

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In 1971, Frederick Forsythe shot to bestseller status with his debut novel, The Day of the Jackal taut, utterly plausible, almost documentarian in its realism and attention to detail. Two years later, director Fred Zinnemann (High Noon) turned a gripping novel into a nail-biting cinematic experience.

August 1962: the latest attempt on the life of French President Charles de Gaulle by the far right paramilitary organisation, the OAS, ends in chaos, with its architect-in-chief dead at the hands of a firing squad. Demoralised and on the verge of bankruptcy, the OAS leaders meet in secret to plan their next move. In a last desperate attempt to eliminate de Gaulle, they opt to employ the services of a hired assassin from outside the fold. Enter the Jackal (Edward Fox, Gandhi): charismatic, calculating, cold as ice. As the Jackal closes in on his target, a race against the clock ensues to identify and put a stop to a killer whose identity, whereabouts and modus operandi are completely unknown.

Co-starring a plethora of talent from both sides of the Channel, including Michael Lonsdale (Munich), Derek Jacobi (The Odessa File) and Cyril Cusack (1984) and featuring striking cinematography by Jean Tournier (Moonraker), The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest political thrillers of all time.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New interview with Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience
  • Two rare archival clips from the film set, including an interview with Fred Zinnemann
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Original screenplay by Kenneth Ross (BD-ROM content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by critic Mark Cunliffe and film historian Sheldon Hall
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Cyril Cusack
Director:
Fred Zinnemann
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
2
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
137 mins approx.
studio:
Arrow Video
Theatrical Release Year:
1973

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Day Of The Jackal

Fred Zinnemann’s version is the yardstick by which other versions must be measured. The remake, though okay, stands in the shadow of this marvellous film. Shot in 1973, two years after Frederick Forsythe’s novel was best seller, so when the director of High Noon, decided to make a film of the book, the result was gripping from beginning to the end. Edward Fox, As the assassin, played the part to perfection. Shot in a documentary style, the film was rightly praised by critics and viewers alike. The image quality is certainly good, extras, informative. In short, a film that requires to be added to your Blu-ray collection. To be viewed as and when you like. Throughly recommended.

The Day Of The Awesome

Fantastic HD transfer of an amazing film. Really enjoyed the interview with Neil Sinyard - very insightful into the director's motivation and presenting us the historical context of the film. I wish there was more from Zinnemann himself over his approach to the storytelling but overall very happy to have this blu-ray edition in my personal library.

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