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I, for better and for worse, was part of the 1 percent of the population who ventured into the world of high tech video and the Audio-Video receiver and sound system, years before anyone had heard of DVD, with the Laserdisc. The Criterion Collection (formerly the Voyager Collection) put out very expensive editions of Classic films on Laserdisc for years and the results to say the least were mixed. Part of the problem was that Laserdisc technology steadily improved over its 20 plus year run and studios like MGM were able to best many of Voyager/Criterions releases with stronger more colorful releases over time. Others discs were, frankly, just average releases being sold at inflated prices, so inflated in fact that I picked many out of bargain bins. Having collected over 200 titles on Laserdisc, not counting multiple copies of some titles I came to DVD with both good and bad examples of Criterions work over the years.
Now having seen the Criterion Collection as well as the Anchor Bay versions of "Notorious" I cannot believe some of the reviews praising the Criterion editon are genuine. The opening credits of "Notorious" are windowboxed, making them almost minature even on a large screen moniter.Read more ›
5 stars as a romance, 4 stars as an espionage suspense thriller.
With Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, supported by Claude Rains, this movie is considered to be Hitchcock's most romantic movie, very erotic for its day.
Complex characters, each containing both admirable and detestable characteristics, great acting, lots of suspense.
This is a movie most women will really really love, while still being very entertaining for men.
This version has a good restoration of the B&W film and has plenty of extras.
On TV and even in theatres, films are generally shortened to allow more showings and more profits. Also on standard definition TV the quality is never as high. Good reasons for buying a DVD or blu-ray.
For me the extras (supplements) are the main reason to purchase a DVD or blu-ray rather than watching on TV. Typically I don't go through all the supplements right away, I work through them over a few weeks.
In this case the supplements are a "film study course in a box" just like one usually gets with the Criterion Collection blu-rays (maybe even better), but at a lower cost.
- Commentary by film professors Rick Jewel.
- Commentary by film professor Drew Casper (who holds the Alma and Alfred Hitchock chair of film studies at UCLA).
- The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious [definitely watch this].
- Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster.Read more ›
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains. With a very similar plot to the much later made Mission Impossible II
it has the daughter (Bergman) of a man convicted of treason living in Miami and a debonair secret agent (Grant) spying on her and trying to convince her to help the United States goverment in capturing some spies that her father worked with during World War II. One of the spies "just happens" to be an "old flame"(Rains)who still wants to marry her. Of course by the time they (Grant and Bergman)get to Rio de Janeiro (where the spies are in hiding) they have inevitably fallen in love with each other. Bergman marries Rains, the "old flame" spy to get closer to him and find out anything important. But eventually Rains finds otu that she and Grant are American agents and he starts trying to poison her. Then Devlin finds out and comes to the rescue,. Being a gem of a movie that I highly reccomend, I think you will enjoy it immensely.
Fans who prefer the platinum blandness (sic) of Kim Hunter, Grace Kelly, or Tippi Hedren may not be satisfied: Ingrid Bergman actually has some fire! Cary Grant was better only with Katharine Hepburn, and really shines here with his portrayal of a prejudiced, tough as nails special agent who must team up with a woman whose past he is so revolted by that he can't see the forest for the trees until it is nearly too late.
The Criterion edition has some very impressive special features, and is a must-have for Hitchcock fans.
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Great Alfred Hitchcock film. beautifully restored. Great old love story and suspense!!Published 4 months ago by Margaret Harris
In spite of not being a fan of Cary Grant, I loved this movie! In other films from the 40s and 50s that I've seen him in, he often appears rather bland and one dimensional, more... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Geraldine
Excellent movie, love Cary & Ingrid together. Story line was very good. This is just a great movie.Published 16 months ago by Kit
Put Ingred Berman and Hitchcock together and throw in Cary Grant and Claud Raines for measure and you get an above-avaerage suspense resolving around Nazis post-WWII.Published on Nov. 17 2013 by Scarberian
Excellent film, one of Grants best. All the roles were perfectly cast. You can feel the sparks fly between Grand and Kelly.Published on Oct. 14 2013 by Sean007
I love the old black and whites, and this is definitely one of my favorites!! It has mystery, suspense, spies, and romance. What could be better? Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2013 by sarasandra
A great Hitchcock movie with two marvellous stars at their charismatic best and great supporting actors. A pleasure to watchPublished on Dec 31 2012 by Julie Hinton
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