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Strangers on a Train: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)
From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a "criss-cross" scheme of traded murders. Bruno agrees to kill Guy's unfaithful wife, in return for which Guy will (or so it seems) kill Bruno's spiteful father. With an emphasis on narrative and visual strategy, Hitchcock controls the escalating tension with a master's flair for cinematic design, and the plot (coscripted by Raymond Chandler) is so tightly constructed that you'll be white-knuckled even after multiple viewings. Better still, the two-sided DVD edition of this enduring classic includes both the original version of the film and also the longer prerelease British print, which offers a more overt depiction of Bruno's flamboyant and dangerous personality, and his homoerotic attraction to Guy by way of his deviously indecent proposal. In accordance with the cautious censorship guidelines of the period, Hitchcock would later tame these elements of Walker's memorable performance by trimming and altering certain scenes, so the differences between the original and prerelease versions provide an illuminating illustration of censorship's effect on the story's thematic intensity. Beyond all the historical footnotes and film-buff fascination, Strangers on a Train remains one of Hitchcock's crowning achievements and a suspenseful classic that never loses its capacity to thrill and delight. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Another Hitchcock classic that is a MUST see.
The acting is superb in this movie, particularly Robert Walker, a perfect bad-boy/psychopath and also Pat Hitchcock, who... Read more
This is one of my all-time favorite thrillers. The Hitchcock touch is always unique. The evil is so well disguised that it's almost imperceptible. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Guy Charlebois
This film is amazing. The DVD brings Hitchcock back to life as it shows "Strangers On A Train" to a new audience. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2005 by Jaime
I recently purchased, yet , another copy of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN because the description of this edition read WIDESCREEN. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by R. Gerlach
First I will say this is a classic film that doesn't contain one wasted minute. It's always been one of my favorites and have always shown it to friends as an introduction to these... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Paul Anthony Hagl
'Starngers on a Train' is yet another fantasic mystery from Alfred Hitchcock. Although I don't remember the storyline too much, I remember liking it enough to give it a four-star... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
While this is a brilliant film, don't spend your money on this disc unless you absolutely have to have the film right now. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by James Luckard