The Manchurian Candidate/Rules of Engagement/The Sum of All Fears (2004)
Released: 3rd October 2005
Release type: Deleted
|No. of Discs: 3
Catalogue No: PHE8849
Category: Feature, Thriller
Format: DVD / Box Set
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Story: Triple-bill of tense military thrillers. In 'The Manchurian Candidate' (2004), Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) fought together in the Gulf War. A few years on, helped along by his reputation as a war hero and his powerful stateswoman mother (Meryl Streep), Shaw is on his way to becoming vice-president. Marco's post-war experience has been very different: plagued with mental health problems, he cannot shift a deepening sense of unease about what exactly happened to him during Operation Desert Storm, particularly with regards to Shaw and his supposed heroic deeds. As he begins to investigate, he meets with powerful resistance from the highest quarters, and begins to wonder if his suspicions might be based on events worse than he could ever have imagined. In 'Rules of Engagement' (2000), directed by William Freidkin, Colonel Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) is a war hero whose peacekeeping mission to Yemen goes horribly wrong when he orders his men to open fire on a group of demonstrators. The colonel is subsequently charged with murder and asks his comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable ability, to defend him at the court martial. But when Hodges starts investigating he is surprised to find evidence that points to a cover-up. In 'The Sum of All Fears' (2002), America's security community is on edge. The Russian premier has just died and been replaced by President Zorkin (Richard Marner) a man whose international ambitions are something of an unknown quantity. Fortunately seasoned CIA agent Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) is on hand to profile the man in the hot seat. But then the USA's worst fear comes true when Baltimore is struck by a nuclear device during a football game. Ryan's boss Cabot (Morgan Freeman), is convinced this isn't really a Russian strike and dispatches Ryan to uncover the truth before the USA and Russian Federation slide into WWIII. A shadowy terrorist group might just hold the key.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Alan Bates, Tommy Lee Jones, Denzel Washington, Ron Rifkin, Samuel L. Jackson, Meryl Streep, James Cromwell, Anne Archer, Ken Jenkins, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Wright, Liev Schreiber, Guy Pearce, Kimberly Elise, Bruce McGill, Bruce Greenwood, Jon Voight, John Beasley, Blair Underwood, Ted Levine, Philip Baker Hall, Miguel Ferrer, Dale Godboldo, Mark Feuerstein, Bruno Ganz, Ciaran Hinds, Dale Dye, Tom Stechschulte, Amidou, Richard McGonagle
Studio/distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
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