Seconds

Seconds

Blu-ray Disc - 2013 | Widescreen edition.
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A sinister thriller from the fractured 1960s that concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who is urged (and blackmailed) to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life as a reborn.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781604657579
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray SEC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.

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swyckl
Jun 11, 2017

I liked this DVD movie. The script was strong. It was slow moving. Violence is subtle enough children can watch the movie. The main story was about how to achieve your life's ambitions in an ethical way. The man in this movie took a short cut and paid the price. It was well acted. I like the actors.

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ManMachine
Oct 20, 2016

First off - I would like to point out that (I thought) Rock Hudson's performance here in Seconds was certainly a mighty rare exception compared to whatever else this guy had done in the past. I'd actually go so far as to confidently say that Hudson's portrayal of character Tony Wilson was, by far, his most powerful and, yes, believable performance ever. (Hey! Like - Wow! I'm impressed!)

Anyway - Seconds (from 1966) is an expressionistic blend of horror, thriller and science fiction concerning man's obsession with eternal youth and the misplaced faith in the ability for medical science to achieve it.

As the story goes - Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a middle-aged man whose life has lost its purpose. He has achieved success in his career, but finds it unfulfilling. Through a friend, a man he thought was dead, Hamilton is approached by a secret organization, known simply as "The Company".

The Company gives Hamilton the body of a young man (Rock Hudson) through experimental surgery.

(*Watch movie-trailer*)

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biffblack
Oct 01, 2016

A masterpiece. Possibly the most moving performance Rock Hudson ever gave and certainly his most fearless. Dazzling cinematography by JW Howe, who also lensed Hud. Way, way ahead of its time. Pre-AIDS, pre-Game of Thrones, panned upon release then neglected or disparaged by small minds for decades, yet so absolutely right for sensitive, observant, attuned souls of any era. Beautiful and terrifying are here synonymous.

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Derringer
Mar 16, 2015

You know, I thought that I would never say this - But the truth is - "I actually liked Rock Hudson in this movie." Yep-Yep. It's true. It does feel a bit weird saying something that I was sure I would never, ever admit. But, hey, there you have it!

Filmed in glorious black and white, Seconds is a unique Sci-Fi/Thriller (from 1966) that plays out very much like a super-creepy episode of The Twilight Zone. With a nicely balanced mix of horror, neo-noir, and even psychedelia thrown in for good measure, one can't help but be intrigued by this tres' unusual drama.

In some ways, Seconds is a truly remarkable piece of filmmaking. I guess because of the bizarre nature of its story it was not a popular film upon its initial release back in 1966. But, regardless of that, I guarantee you, Seconds is definitely worth a view, if not for anything else, but, to see that stud-muffin, Rock Hudson, put in a credible and worthwhile performance for a change.

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Matisse
Oct 31, 2014

Captivating, paranoid sci-fi thriller. Like a classic episode of Twilight Zone. Fantastic cinematography. Rock Hudson goes out of his mind, brilliantly.

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slarsen
Jun 27, 2014

I enjoyed watching Rock Hudson, such a hunk in his younger years. The story? I just can't recommend it. I think the story is weak, but, if like me, you want to see Rock Hudson, this will please you.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2013

B&W 1966 political/social thriller/Sci-Fic that depicted the miserable existential lives of the social elites in that era. Same director John Frankenheimer (1930–2002) who brought us "The Manchurian Candidate", "Birdman of Alcatraz" and "The Young Savages".

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pegasus71
Dec 10, 2013

I would characterize SECONDS as a sort of B-sci-fi thriller. The best features of the film are some interesting opening credits created by Saul Bass, some unusual photography using dramatic angle shots by James Wong Howe and a good performance by John Randolph in the role of the Wall Street banker pre-transformation. But the story as a whole seemed pretty ridiculous and rather amateurish. Frankenheimer is supposedly satirizing the subservience of the individual to corporate power and slavery to money and materialism, but the movie seemed little more than soap opera melodrama. There is one long sequence where Tony Wilson (played by Rock Hudson) goes with a girl he meets on the beach to an orgy in the hills of Santa Barbara where everyone takes their clothes off and jumps in a vat of grapes to embrace each other and stomp around in some sort of Dionysian frenzy. The net effect however, seemed simply that of a film director’s self-indulgent and obsessive depiction of some sort of 60s “Hippy Moment.” It’s not surprising that the film never received the kind of recognition accorded the other two earlier films in his so-called "paranoia trilogy", THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 05, 2013

A sometimes surreal, often paranoid slice of mid-60s cinema from director John Frankenheimer ("The Manchurian Candidate"). In a premise that could've come from Charlie Kauffman, an unhappy older man undergoes surgery from a mysterious company that gives him a different face (Rock Hudson's). Creepy score, great cinematography and a very different performance from Rock Hudson.

rhameetman Nov 27, 2013

Best movie you will ever see......

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jimg2000
Dec 14, 2015

when I began this business, I was a young man with an idea. I wasn't aiming to make a lot of money, helping others... helping them to find a little happiness. Heck, not just the rich. I thought eventually... I got tremendous comfort in the thought that, in my small way... I was waging a battle against human misery... and I was too. Except we do have a high percentage of failures. I guess that's to be expected... but it hurts me.
Some reborns make a go of it. We're always working to find ways to improve the system. Yeah, we make mistakes. The fact is, when our clients first started coming back here... I wanted to chuck the whole thing, but I couldn't. The organization was pretty big by then. ...

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jimg2000
Dec 14, 2015

He was a quiet man. The thing I most remember him for were his silences. It was... as if he were always listening to something inside... some voice. He never talked about it,
so I never knew what it was. He was a good man... but he lived as if he were a stranger here. He never let anything touch him. He became absorbed in things, his job mostly. He worked hard. He became more detached and... Always a look around
his eyes as if he were... trying to say something. I don't know what. Protest against what he'd surrendered his life to? I never knew what he wanted... and I don't think he ever knew. He fought so hard for what he'd been taught to want... and when he got it, he just grew more and more confused. The silences grew longer. We never talked about it. We lived our lives in a polite... celibate truce.

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jimg2000
Dec 14, 2015

Now, there is a problem that the circumstances of your death... must be simple. A simple accident, strangely enough, is costly, Mr. Wilson. The trick lies in obliterating
just so much and no more, so that... an identification still can be made based on...
as I say, general dimensions... plus a credible sequence of events. Witnesses, et cetera. The whole thing must be very carefully staged. We guarantee a death of this kind. ... Now, there are any number of ways you can be found. Excuse me. I mean, your body can be found. The victim of some kind of machinery, an explosion. A hunting misadventure. Oh, but I think these are somewhat too gross for you. I had thought perhaps a hotel room fire.

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