Conclusion: As it approaches its fiftieth anniversary, John Frankenheimer's Seconds remains a creepy movie with the power to unsettle. This well-crafted black thriller is given stellar treatment from Criterion. The Blu-ray's fine feature presentation and substantial supply of bonuses (45 minutes of new reflection completing archival bits and Frankenheimer's own invaluable commentary) are enough to recommend the disc to anyone interested in the film.
Conclusion: The fact that 'Seconds' failed to ignite the box office and then fell into semi-obscurity, only to be resurrected as something of a cult film years later, is reason enough to see this movie. The fact that it is another fantastic entry in the Criterion line-up should be enough to convince anyone still on the fence to give the film a shot.
Conclusion: Seconds is a harrowing exploration of the meaning of the American dream and how one defines happiness and success, driven by Frankenheimer and Howe's experimental camera and Hudson's all-out-there performance. Though a bit slow in spots where the story can linger a touch too long, the story gets past the speedbumps with a disturbing, ever-present sense of dread.
Summary: Nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, John Frankenheimer's "Seconds" (1966) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include: new video interview with Alec Baldwin; new documentary featuring interviews with Evans Frankenheimer and Salome Jens; new visual essay by film scholars R.