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Fail Safe

Criterion   (2019) / Region 1
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Fail Safe

At the height of the Cold War, during the standard investigation of a possible incursion into US airspace by the Soviets, the nuclear bombers that are always in the air are sent towards their Fail-Safe points, about which they orbit while waiting to be sent to their targets if a preemptive attack by the USSR is confirmed. The alert turns out to be false and the various flights are recalled, but a technical error occurs, and one flight of 6 aircraft, armed with multiple 20 megaton nuclear weapons, passes beyond its Fail-Safe point, and heads towards its assigned target of Moscow. With the World racing towards WWIII, can the US President and Soviet Premier overcome their distrust, and avoid nuclear annihilation?!


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 30 2019
  • Production Year 2019
  • Empire SKU 2765969
  • UPC Code 715515240512
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


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New 4K digital restoration
Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet
New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films
“Fail-Safe” Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy
PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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