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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV565
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137143079
  • Street Date: 02/13/24
  • PreBook Date: 01/09/24
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run Time: 103 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1972
  • Region Code: A
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Barry Newman
  •       Suzy Kendall
  •       John Vernon
  •       Dolph Sweet
  •       Ben Kingsley
  •       Ray McAnally
  •       Peter Marinker
  •       Tony Anholt
  •       Elliott Sullivan
  •       Roland Brand
  • Director: Michael Tuchner
  • Producer: Elliott Kastner
  • Producers: Elliott Kastner


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Fear Is The Key: Limited Edition

John Talbot (Barry Newman) enacts an elaborate plan, including kidnapping an oil heiress, in a bid to bring his wife's and child's killer to justice.

Fear Is The Key: Limited Edition
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From bestselling author Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare) comes a pulse pounding, rip-roaring rampage of revenge starring Barry Newman, the king of existential cool who had previously put the pedal to the metal in Vanishing Point. Mysterious drifter John Talbot (Newman) arrives in a small Louisiana town, picks a fight with local police and gets arrested. In court it is revealed he's wanted for a number of violent crimes, but nothing is quite what it seems. Staging a daring escape, Talbot abducts seemingly random spectator Sarah Ruthven (Suzy Kendall) and hits the road at high speed for a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns: a crashed airplane, a sleazy private investigator, criminal enforcers, and an oil millionaire. It's a journey toward truth and vengeance and Talbot won't hit the brakes until he gets there. Director Michael Tuchner (Villain) delivers a crackerjack crime-thriller packed with great performances (including Ben Kingsley in his first movie role), an unforgettable score by Roy Budd (Get Carter), and stunt sequences coordinated by the legendary Carey Loftin (Bullit, Vanishing Point, The French Connection). Fear Is the Key is a white-knuckle winner that demands to be seen!


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Bonus Materials

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original lossless mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by filmmaker and critic Howard S. Berger
  • A Different Kind of Spy Game, a new visual essay by film critic and author Scout Tafoya
  • Fear in the Key of Budd, a new appreciation of composer Roy Budd and his score for Fear Is the Key by film and music historian Neil Brand
  • Bayou to Bray, an archive featurette in which crew members look back on the making of the film
  • Producing the Action, an archive interview with associate producer Gavrik Losey
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • Double-sided foldout poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing by filmmaker and critic Sean Hogan

Sales Points

  • Film debut of Oscar Winner, Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List, MCU)
  • Based on the international best-seller by Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare)
  • One of the greatest car chases of all-time from the stunt coordinator of Bullit & The French Connection
  • JOHN WICK Screenwriter Derek Kolstad cites MacLean as among his primary influences

Press Quotes

All in all, a two-fisted thriller that succeeds

     —Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

The look [and feel] of a James Bond thriller--with fewer gadgets and more nerve... rather satisfying entertainment

     —Roger Grenspun, The New York Times

Fear is the Key really deserves to be brought to the attention of the John Wick crowd. A hard-core black-ops specialist sets out to extract personal & professional revenge against the syndicate he believes responsible-- and the effect is striking

     —Eddie Harrison, Film-Authority.com


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