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The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
A high point of Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood career, 1935's The Thirty-Nine Steps is the first and best of three film versions of John Buchann's rather stiff novel. Robert Donat plays the rancher embroiled in a plot to steal British military secrets. He finds himself on the run; falsely accused of murder, while also pursuing the dastardly web of spies alluded to in the title. With a plot whose twists and turns match the hilly Scottish terrain in which much of the film is set, The Thirty-Nine Steps combines a breezy suavity with a palpable psychological tension. Hitchcock was already a master at conveying such tension through his cinematic methods, rather than relying just on situation or dialogue. Sometimes his ways of bringing the best out of his actors brought the worst out in himself. If the scene in which Donat is handcuffed to co-star Madeline Carroll has a certain edge, for instance, that's perhaps because the director mischievously cuffed them together in a rehearsal, then left them attached for a whole afternoon, pretending to have lost the key. The movie also introduces Hitchcock's favoured plot device, the "McGuffin" (here, the military secret), the unexplained device or "non-point" on which the movie turns. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wonderful rendition of the John Buchan novel. Still resonates in this new century. A must for the lovers of the genre - spy, chase, mystery.Published on Oct. 4 2013 by AndreC
The delivery was excellent. I could not play the DVD on my DVD player. I contacted the Seller, through Amazon, asking for suggestions. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2013 by R. W. SIMPSON
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by MFJ
I found the ending to this film to be disappointing, I might even say lame or contrived, and that ruined my enjoyment of most of the movie. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Chris Cavell
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
The 39 steps, one of Hitchcock's most well known British films, is surely a great one bansed on the "wrong... Read more
I was of the belief that helicopters wern't invented until WW2 or later, but after seeing this excellent movie, and the moors scene where one is chasing our hero, I realise that I... Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by RICK AND OLLY
I like this movie, the characters are believable and sympathetic, the action is riveting, and there is enough suspense . . . but . . . why is the plot so convoluted. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by C Brunner
There are those who will agrue forever and a day about which Hitchcock was better. The American Hitchcock ("Rear Window", "Psycho", & "Rebecca") or the British Hitchcock ("The Lady... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Alex Udvary