“Some cool, biting dialogue, crisp direction by J. Lee Thompson and…excellent color photography in Hong Kong, Taiwan and simulated Oriental locales.”
– Howard Thompson, The New York Times
“A genuine, superbly handled exercise in edge-of-the-seat excitement.”
– Films and Filming
For their final film together following The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962) and Mackenna’s Gold (1969), star Gregory Peck and director J. Lee Thompson team for the high-stakes espionage thriller The Chairman (1969). Securing a game-changing agricultural enzyme formula is the goal for a Nobel Prize-winning professor (Peck) visiting Communist China where, equipped with an implanted transmitter, he will meet scientists and the titular Chairman Mao himself. Also placed inside him: an explosive device to be triggered in case of failure. Written for the screen by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle) and scored by the peerless Jerry Goldsmith.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1969 / Color
Special Features: Isolated Music Track (with some effects) / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld and Lee Pfeiffer / The Chairman Mini-Film / Two Alternate Scenes from International Version / Original Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
PLEASE NOTE: Both the Trailer and the Deleted Scenes Audio Tracks are out of sync on THE CHAIRMAN. This was detected following the replication run from a mistakenly delivered Defective Master.
There are no plans to do a new replication of this title.