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Eye of the Needle

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:25 am
by MichaelB
Confirmed as a Dual Format release for August 20th:
Eye of The Needle
Directed by Richard Marquand


Acclaimed adaptation of the best-selling espionage thriller by Ken Follet, and directed by Richard Marquand (most famous for Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi)

Englishmen know him as Faber (Donald Sutherland), but to the Fatherland, he's the loyal and lethal spy known as 'The Needle'. Shipwrecked on a Scottish island en route to Germany, Faber befriends the beautiful Lucy (Kate Nelligan), whose marriage to a crippled, embittered pilot is faltering. Faber sets about seducing her, intending to use her to help carry out his mission and prevent the impending D-Day invasion.

Special features
• Original theatrical trailer
• Other extras TBC
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films and full film credits

US | 1981 | black & white | 113 minutes | 1 x BD50 / Region B | DVD9 x 1 /Region 2 | Cert 15

Re: Eye of the Needle

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:14 am
by Dr Amicus
"Black & White" must surely be a mistake - the one time I saw this film (on its first UKTV Screening I think) it was in colour...

Re: Eye of the Needle

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:16 am
by MichaelB
There are similar mistakes in the other Amazon listings (Separate Tables is given as a 1963 film), so I'm assuming they were hastily typed over previous notifications in order to meet a deadline.

Re: Eye of the Needle

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:47 am
by Stefan Andersson
I wonder if the alternate ending will be included?
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Rozsa´s wonderful score deserves a music-only track!

Re: Eye of the Needle

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:55 am
by Mr Sloane
I caught this on Netflix a few months back, and to be honest I didn't think it was particularly good, despite a strong start and Sutherland's performance. I think it definitely has some effective moments of suspense, for example
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the murders of the landlady at the beginning of the film and later Billy on the train
but overall I thought the relationship between Sutherland and Nelligan's characters was far too rushed and not explored nearly enough.

Re: Eye of the Needle

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:13 am
by antnield
Specs courtesy of Amazon:

- Director Richard Marquand's preferred cut of the film, presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
- Audio commentary by Julie Kirgo, Nick Redman and music historian Jon Burlingame
- Alternate ending sequence, which appeared on the previous UK DVD release
- Donald Sutherland Guardian Interview (1987, audio only)
- Careless Talk Costs Lives: Wartime Warnings (1940, 36 mins): three short wartime propaganda films produced by Ealing Studios for the Ministry of Information
- Theatrical trailer
- Illustrated booklet with full film credits and new writing by Little White Lies essayist Paul Fairclough