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This special edition contains a documentary on the making of the film, hosted by costar Eva Marie Saint, that is a perfect prelude to seeing the film again. Included are such inside tidbits as how Hitchcock directed his actors, how the cast and crew produced the gasp-inducing stunts on the face of Mount Rushmore, and how many takes it took for Saint and Cary Grant to get their clinches just right. There's even a small, but very noticeable, gaffe that somehow made it into the final cut of the film. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This DVD is a superb transfer. The color looks perfectly natural, the sound is full, low noise stereo and the widescreen is anamorphic. There is hardly any flaw in the print. Amazing. The menu is also animated to match the Saul Bass opening title and is wonderful. The "making of" film (30 minutes long) is superb and hosted by beautiful leading lady "Eve Marie Saint".
Finally, the score by Bernard Hermann adds to the high tension of the action. The orchestration and performance on this film is one of the very best of all time. I can't recommend this film enough for action, solid story and terrific action besides just being completely entertaining.
Why is this film so good? Affred Hitchcock and Cary Grant. Hitchcock is on many a list as the greatest director in film history, and Cary Grant is on many a list as the greatest movie star in film history. When these two collaborate at their best, what you have is pure movie magic.
The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is a masterpiece of the genre, and the supporting cast is brilliant, especially James Mason, who is the epitomy of suave evil. Martin Landau is unbelievably menacing, and Eva Marie Saint is so intelligent and sexy as the femme fatale.
Whatever you do, see this film before you die.
Roger O. Thornhill <R.O.T> (Cary Grant), mild mannered advertising executive, raises his hand at the wrong time to send a telegram. The page boy is paging George Kaplan so Roger is mistaken for Kaplan (a shorter man with dandruff) and the fun begins. Turns out that Townsend/ Vandamm (James Mason) the bad guy is being dogged by Kaplan so Vandamm must do away with Kaplan.
Meanwhile back at the train Roger meats a cutie Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) that is apparently set on helping him.
I will not go into details as surprise and plot twisting is part of the suspense.
Will Roger get the girl?
Will Vandamm get Roger?
What is this all about?
Who is George Kaplan?
This is a 2-DVD set. On the first DVD is the movie itself, presented in its original widescreen format. You can watch it three ways: as the movie, as the movie with commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, or as the movie with no sound but the Bernard Herrmann score. The film runs 2 hours and 16 minutes, which is the original length according to the IMDb. The commentary by Lehman is informative, though he doesn't offer as many detailed insights about the art of screenwriting as one would like.
On the second DVD contains a mass of special features. There are two theatrical trailers, a standard one plus one narrated humorously by Hitchcock himself, and there is one TV advertisement for the film. There is a stills gallery which runs for a few minutes. There are two features on North by Northwest, totalling over an hour between them; of these two, the "Making of" feature, which takes you through the production of the picture in chronological order, is the more substantial, the other one being more or less a collection of fan appreciation clips from directors and Hitchcock family members who admire the film. There is a nearly hour-long feature on Hitchcock's cinematic style, which is informative and which has some reference to North by Northwest as well as to many of Hitchcock's other films. Finally, there an hour-and-a-half PBS special on the career and roles of Cary Grant, with lots of biographical information about Grant and numerous appreciations of his work by various people. It's quite good, but would have been better without one uncalled-for four-letter word used in an interview by one of Grant's former wives.Read more ›
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ordered from Canada seller,item shipped from Great Britan.
dvd does not work on my expensive machines.
works only on my grand sons cheap machine.
This is a great movie, but I'll never know by this particular DVD; it was not designated Region 2 in the description, and I cannot play it!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Saint Clare
A movie that is still good by today's standards. Hitchcock truly shone in those oldie action/detective/adventure epics. As usual Cary Grant is up to the job.Published 12 months ago by Norrin Radd
Hitchcock and Cary Grant; of course it's good! If you love Hitchcock you will have to add this to your collection.Published 12 months ago by Movie Nut
Being a Cary Grant fan for years, this film has always been favoured..Published 15 months ago by J.F.Dennis Haskell
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