New Release: Cape Fear Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Cape Fear movie scene

Robert De Niro (l.) makes life tough for Nick Nolte in Cape Fear.

The Blu-ray debut of the great Martin Scorsese’s (Shutter Island) almost-great 1991 Cape Fear gives us the chance to take in the dazzling visual work of legendary cinematographer Freddie Francis in glorious high-definition. (The late Francis picked up two Oscars for his cinematography during his 40-year film career for 1960’s Sons and Daughters and 1981’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman.)

In Cape Fear — a remake of the 1962 thriller movie directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Robert Mitchum — stars Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver) as vicious psychopath Max Cady. Out of prison after 14 years behind bars, Cady has a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte, 48 Hrs.). And if Bowden’s wife (Jessica Lange, Francis) and teenage daughter (Juliette Lewis, Due Date) happen to get in the way, well, Cady has no problem with that!

The Cape Fear Blu-ray features a bunch of bonus features ported over from various DVD editions that have been issued over the years. They include the following:

  • “The Making of Cape Fear” featurette
  • “Behind the Scenes of the Fourth of July Parade”
  • “On the Set of the Houseboat”
  • photograph montage
  • “Matte Painting”
  • “Opening Credits”
  • My Scenes
  • Pocket Blu app


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.