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Strangers on a Train (2-Disc Special Edition)

Farley Granger , Robert Walker , Alfred Hitchcock , Laurent Bouzereau    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Masters great films Sept. 25 2004
By R. Kahn
To start off, I should first state that, for the most part, most of Alfred Hitchcocks films are uniformly excellent by any standards. What sets Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, North By Northwest and say, perhaps, Shadow Of A Doubt apart from the rest of his films is best described in one word, cleaverness. In fact the phrase, "He was a cleaver fellow" is mentioned in another very cleaver film, Strangers On A Train. An early 50's masterpiece that has stood the test of time and continues to enthrall viewers. The final carney sequence is probably studied by more film schoolers than any scene from any well constucted film. The real genius here is how the story builds starting with a chance meeting between two strangers. Bruno Anthony (with robust flair deceptive motivation) is played by Robert Walker. He meets up with top seated tennis player, Guy Haines (Farley Granger).Both of them have the same problems in common; there are people in their lives that must die. Now, in todays day in age of murder and mayhem in film, a simple clean strangulation like the one perpetrated by_____, may not come off as satisfying enough to the blood thirsy viewer. However, Hitchcock uses the camera lens and inventive ways of showing the process of murder. Unlike Sam Peckinpah who would make sure you felt every aspect of the killing, Hitch uses shadow and light, with the help of a pair of bifocals.
The acting is great. Pat Hitchcock has her greatest screen role in this one and does a good job. Along with Psycho, this is one of only two films in which Alfred's daughter had a part. The part she plays here is a supporting role that is more prominent than the one in Psycho where she plays Marion Cranes co-worker at the bank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky! Feb. 23 2004
A very, very good movie. What makes it so good is the utter credibility of Guy's actions and responses to Bruno's unrelenting push to have him kill his father. The scene at the cocktail party gave me the creeps, and I feel the same each time I see it. That is probably the definition of an exceptional work, that you never tire of it, and that it always tugs at you one way or another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was shot in 4:3 not widescreen Jan. 9 2000
This movie is great and the two versions on one disc is a great bonus. However they made a mistake on the description of this movie it is not and never will be a widescreen film. So relax SRGRANGER its okay you have the movie in it's original form.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misinformed July 8 2004
I recently purchased, yet , another copy of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN because the description of this edition read WIDESCREEN. Lured by that promise, I again spent the money, because the copy I already owned was not widescreen. To my great disappointment, I have learned (by watching my newly purchased DVD) that my new copy is, in fact, the exact same edition I already owned: STANDARD format and NOT WIDESCREEN. Beware the description for this issue: it misinforms. If it is WIDESCREEN you want, this is not it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcock's best May 13 2014
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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. A fine line is drawn between madness and inherent evil. The likeness between the victim and the hero's girlfriend's sister (played by Hitchcock's own daughter) is uncanny. You're made to hold your breath from beginning to end. This movie never ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Criss-cross, criss-cross Feb. 23 2014
Having a stalker is probably the worst nightmare of any celebrity. But it could be worse -- it could be a stalker who demands "criss-cross" murders.

Such a scenario is what drives "Strangers on a Train," one of Alfred Hitchcock's more oddball movies. The performance by Robert Walker as a fey, psychopathic man-child is absolutely stunning, and the creepy tension of the story is wonderfully unnerving. It's almost enough to make you not notice how weird the entire climax is.

Tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) is heading back to his hometown to divorce his nasty wife Miriam (Laura Elliott), who is pregnant by another man. While on the train, he encounters a gushing fan named Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) who has found out all about Guy's woes from the tabloids. He proposes "criss-cross" murders -- he'll murder Miriam, and Guy will murder his dad.

Guy thinks that Bruno is just a random weirdo... until Miriam is found strangled. Now Guy is the primary suspect in her murder, and he also has Bruno stalking him with demands that Guy kill his dad. Guy's girlfriend Anne (Ruth Roman) begins to figure out what is going on in her fiance's life, even as Guy struggles to find a way out of this mess without being implicated by Bruno.

Alfred Hitchcock had a special knack for coming up with "realistic" nightmares -- people unjustly accused of crimes, often trapped in a horrible situation that they can't really get free of. "Strangers on a Train" has that fun scenario, but adds the extra joy of a celebrity stalker who is trying to force the protagonist to commit murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Classic
This film is amazing. The DVD brings Hitchcock back to life as it shows "Strangers On A Train" to a new audience. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2005 by Jaime
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisscross
After the spectacular successes of "Notorious" and "Spellbound" Alfred Hitchcock went into a five year box-office slump that had him seriously rattled. Read more
Published on July 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I will be strong.....maybe (fingers crossed)
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 more
Published on June 29 2004 by Paul Anthony Hagl
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Hitchcock's american films
One remarkable, bizarre and malicious thriller suspense, this script reminds us that sometimes the guilty are innocent and the innocent are guilty, is characteristically noir, but... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
'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 more
Published on April 26 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, restored version coming
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 more
Published on March 27 2004 by James Luckard
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be Hitch's finest creation.
Has aged really well - still thrilling and suspenseful today. Certainly one of Hitch's best movies. Beautifully shot, with a great premise for suspense, sex-appeal provided by... Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Ben Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Strangely, quite lame
Robert Walker's performance as Bruno Anthony is marvelous and makes the movie worth watching - but that is the only thing positive about this mess of movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by K. Gittins
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