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Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection

Montgomery Clift , Anne Baxter , Alfred Hitchcock    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Before Hollywood had entirely typecast Alfred Hitchcock as the master of suspense, with Mr. & Mrs. Smith he was allowed to fashion an elegant romantic trifle starring Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard. It probably won't replace Rear Window or Psycho in your affections, but the film is more than a curious footnote to the director's career. The two leads play David and Ann Smith, a devoted but endlessly squabbling couple who discover their three-year marriage isn't legal. When he unexpectedly hesitates to arrange a second wedding, she storms out in a huff and soon begins dating his solid, dependable business partner Jeff (Gene Raymond). The rest follows the formula laid down by such previous screwball comedies as The Awful Truth (1937) and Bringing Up Baby (1938): David employs fair means or foul to win back Ann's heart, causes all sorts of complicated mischief, then... well, three guesses what happens in the end.

The intriguing thing about the movie is how Hitchcock takes Norman Krasna's paper-thin script and adds sly undercurrents of menace. Violence seems about to erupt in the recurring scenes where Ann shaves her husband (suggestively holding a razor up to his throat)--and there's a touch of Vertigo in one scary moment when a jammed amusement park ride leaves two characters dangling helplessly high above the ground. Montgomery and Lombard keep the mood acceptably frivolous, while indicating the flawed nature of the marital relationship. From the evidence of this one-off, Hitchcock might have been among the best comedy directors in the business, had he so wished. --Peter Matthews

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The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection contains the DVD debut of 8 Hitchcock classics including "Strangers on a Train Two-Disc Special Edition," and the following 7 new single-disc DVDs: "Dial M For Murder," "Foreign Correspondent" "Suspicion," "The Wrong Man," "Stage Fright," "I Confess" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The previously released "North by Northwest" is also included in the 10-disc Signature Collection. Each of the 9 films in the collection shows why Hitchcock is regarded as one of Hollywood's most esteemed and important directors, and also brings legendary stars to the digital front including Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Montgomery Clift and many others.

Strangers on a Train - En route from Washington, D.C., champion tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets pushy playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker). What begins as a chance encounter turns into a series of morbid confrontations, as Bruno manipulates his way into Guy's life. Bruno is eager to kill his father and knows Guy wants to marry a senator's daughter (Ruth Roman) but can't get a divorce from his wife. So Bruno suggests the men swap murders, which would leave no traceable clues or possible motives. Though Guy refuses, it won't be easy to rid himself of the psychopathic Bruno. Hitchcock's daughter Patricia appears in this film. The extra features included on the DVD are: Alternate 'preview' version of the film; Commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich, Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stephano, Strangers on a Train author Patricia Highsmith and biographer Andrew Wilson; New making-of documentary Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock Classic, with Farley Granger, film historian Richard Schickel, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell and other Hitchcock family members and colleagues recalling the making of this suspense landmark; Three intriguing featurettes: The Hitchcocks on Hitch, Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V., Strangers on a Train by M. Night Shyamalan; Alfred Hitchcock's Historical Meeting, a vintage newsreel.

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition and will include the original theatrical trailer, and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT HITCHCOCK SET Feb. 13 2009
Format:DVD
If you like Hitchcock's 'big name' movies, you will enjoy this excellent set.
Contains some lesser known but very good Hitchcock movies, along with better known ones such as 'Strangers On A Train', 'North By North West' and 'Dial M For Murder'.
Very interesting to see 'I Confess', which was filmed in and around Québec City, and 'Mr and Mrs Smith', probably the only real comedy done by Hitchcock.
Also includes the excellent 'The Wrong Man', starring Henry Fonda, (which is the only Hitchcock movie based on a true story), 'Foreign Correspondent; 'Stage Fright' and 'Suspicion'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When is the DVD going to come out! June 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I wish that this movie would come out on DVD soon. It is a wonderful comedy filled with humor and action. It is truly a wonderful movie to see if you are looking for a really good classic, but like other Hitchcock films, this movie is a comedy, not a thriller. So, if you are looking for a mystery by Hitchcock, don't pick this one. Hitchcock has a great sense of humor when he created this spectacular classic. If there is a DVD, (which I hope) I hope there are great special features. If you are looking for a great film to make you laugh, Go see this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock Does Comedy! Oct. 19 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Alfred Hitchcock has always shown sly humor even in his darkest moves. This 1941 black and white comedy shows what he can do with obvious comedy as well. Mr. (David) and Mrs. (Ann) Smith are a well off couple who find that they are not legally married. When David (Robert Montgomery) is given this information, does he tell his wife? No way. Instead he chooses to toy with her first. Unfortunately, Ann (beautiful and talented Carol Lombard) and her mother have received the same information. Ann's mother makes her promise that as an unmarried woman she won't ---?!. 'Of course not' she promises. Later, Ann and David talk on the telephone, she asks about his day, he does not mention their invalid marriage but he does tell her that they are going to what used to be their favorite restaurant. As David is talking, he writes "Mrs.", crosses it off and replaces it with "Mistress" then smiles. This unshared knowledge starts a wonderful, sexy cat and mouse game between Lombard and Montgomery. The getting ready for bed scene is just super. Gene Raymond as Jeff Custer, David's friend and law partner is full of southern charm and is wonderfully sly as he double crosses David. Jack Carson as the hard drinking womanizing club friend Chuck, who helps to land Montgomery in more hot water than he is already in, is perfect for this role. One of my favorite scenes is the hilarious 'restaurant' scene where Montgomery and Carson are on dates with two of Carson's lady friends. Watch Montgomery's face as he desperately tries to make his nose bleed. It's our loss that they don't make sophisticated screwball comedy like this any more. (~.~)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best romantic comedy Dec 15 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
(...)This is a wonderful movie!
Carole Lombard gives a brilliant, elegant & understated performance in this film. It is often overlooked for her more over-the-top roles such as Mildred Plotkin in "Twentieth Century" or Maria Tura in "To Be or Not To Be". Watch her facial expressions carefully, especially in the hallway scene on the way to the bedroom - -"Get goin' Annie". But enough boring analytics. Why should you watch this film?
1)Robert Montegomery & Carole Lombard have unbelievable sexual chemistry in this film.
2)If you've ever been in a relationship (...) you will get a good laugh out of this movie. It shows up both men & women and their foibles but in light-hearted way.
3)Robert Montegomery is hilarious as a manly, capable, sexy & yet hen-pecked husband.
4)It has a politically incorrect ending but it is still funny and very sexy.
So if you enjoy a good romantic comedy like me and are fed up with the trash Hollywood has been putting out lately (bad acting, bad scripts, lots of sex & NO sex appeal), ignore the stodgy Hitchcock fans (remember the word fan originates from fanatic), feminists and other assorted dour & unromantic poops and watch this film. By the way, why is this movie not out on DVD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best romantic comedy Dec 15 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
(...) This is a wonderful movie!
Carole Lombard gives a brilliant, elegant & understated performance in this film. It is often overlooked for her more over-the-top roles such as Mildred Plotkin in "Twentieth Century" or Maria Tura in "To Be or Not To Be". Watch her facial expressions carefully, especially in the hallway scene on the way to the bedroom - -"Get goin' Annie". But enough boring analytics. Why should you watch this film?
1)Robert Montegomery & Carole Lombard have unbelievable sexual chemistry in this film.
2)If you've ever been in a relationship (...) you will get a good laugh out of this movie. It shows up both men & women and their foibles but in light-hearted way.
3)Robert Montegomery is hilarious as a manly, capable, sexy & yet hen-pecked husband.
4)It has a politically incorrect ending but it is still funny and very sexy.
So if you enjoy a good romantic comedy like me and are fed up with the trash Hollywood has been putting out lately (bad acting, bad scripts, lots of sex & NO sex appeal), ignore the stodgy Hitchcock fans (remember the word fan originates from fanatic), feminists and other assorted dour & unromantic poops and watch this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a funny movie!
I think this is a funny, intelligent,and sexy comedy made by Alfred Hitchcock. If you enjoy screwball comedies then you'll most likely enjoy this movie. Read more
Published on May 16 2011 by ElyseAli
1.0 out of 5 stars A good sedative
I can't believe the reviews of this film online.

A classic? You've got to be kidding. It is garbage. I actually fell asleep sitting upright, watching it. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2008 by M. Lilly
3.0 out of 5 stars The queen of screwball comedy meets Hitchcock
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard) have a marriage with many ups and downs. One day at the office Mr. Smith finds out that he is not legally married. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2007 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains Seven Never before available Hitchcock films
The box set will include new to DVD Hitchcock releases Dial M for Murder, Foreign Correspondent, Suspicion, The Wrong Man, Stage Fright, I Confess, and Mr. and Mrs. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Funny!
This is a funny movie! It should be put on DVD. If you are expecting a mystery from Hitchcock, this is not the movie to see, but if you are looking for a funny and entertaining... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot and Hilarious
Alfred Hitchcock broke out of his macabre mold to make an uproarious romantic comedy, and he couldn't have picked a better lady than Carole Lombard. Read more
Published on July 20 2002 by Alice Bright
3.0 out of 5 stars Why Hitchcock isn't known for comedy
This screwball comedy, so chock full of talented players, falls short of the mark. Montgomery is okay, but nothing to write home about as the beleaguered, befuddled Mr. Smith. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Not typical Hitchcock, but excellent anyway!
I have heard a lot of people call this a "lesser" work of Hitchcock's, but if you didn't pay so much attention to who was directing it and just went with the story... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Brian Reaves
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