Ransom Blu-ray Review (1974)

Having reviewed quite a few horror films over the last couple of months it’s time for something a little different, a thriller starring Sean Connery. So here is my Ransom Blu-ray Review.

Not to be confused with the 1996 Mel Gibson film of the same name.  However the film has been released under the name The Terrorists in some countries.

  • Ransom Blu-ray Review (1974)
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Directed By Caspar Wrede
  • Written By Paul Wheeler
  • Music By Jerry Goldsmith
  • Cinematography By Sven Nykvist
  • Running Time: 94 Mins
  • UK Rating PG
  • Released By Network
  • Starring Sean Connery, Ian McShane,  Jeffry Wickham
Plot

A terrorist group responsible a series of bombings in London take the British ambassador to Scandinavia (the film portrays Scandinavia a one country or state) hostage at his home.

This British send in Capt. Frank Barnes (Jeffry Wickham) to help deal with the situation. However it’s the Scandinavian head of security Col. Nils Tahlvik (Sean Connery) who is in charge of negotiations.Ransom Blu-ray

Meanwhile a passenger plane is hijacked be members of the same terrorist group and the leader is named Ray Petrie (Ian McShane)

As things begin to go wrong on all sides Petrie arranges for the British ambassador to be moved to the hijacked plane. There is of course a lot more going on here with the true intentions hidden right until the end. A plot twist shall I say.

 

Style / Direction

The film looks well shot and moves along a good pace and is helped somewhat by the films music.  Hostage / hijack films can struggle with a big lull in proceedings but this film seems to keep things interesting throughout.

Music / Audio Effects

The film’s score is by Jerry Goldsmith and whilst it’s not one of his more memorable ones it does do a good job of adding both energy and suspense to proceedings.

Acting / Characters

Sean Connery steals the show with a dominant and commanding performance that keeps you gripped right until the end. Ian McShane fits nicely with this type of film and the character that he plays. Decent performances pretty much all-round from the rest of the cast.

Conclusion – Ransom Film Review (1974)

As a tense suspense thriller Ransom delivers pretty well.  Sean Connery probably makes this a far better film than maybe it should be, but that simply shows what a great actor can bring to the table.

As I mentioned earlier the film doesn’t really suffer from that mid film lull that these kinds of films tend to have, making this an entertaining film.

Overall I would have to say that I enjoyed Ransom.

Ransom Blu-ray Review

Released by Network, the Blu-ray looks pretty amazing. Not a speckle of flicker of dirt anywhere to be found, just a nice clean and sharp picture.

Top marks for the Blu-ray version.

Extras
  • Original Trailers
  • Image Gallery

Not too much in the way of extras but I don’t think anymore are required here.Recommended Films

On to my movie rating for Ransom (1974)

  • Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray: EXCELLENT

 


Ransom (1974) is available now on Blu-ray.

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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with trailer…

Ransom aka The Terrorists – Trailer not representative of the Blu-ray version

Ransom Blu-ray Review (1974)

Actor(s): Sean Connery, Ian McShane, Jeffry Wickham

Genre: Thriller

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Rating
4.3

Summary

Connery has you gripped throughout this tense suspense thriller.

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