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39 Steps [Special Edition]
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on May 25, 2001
This sophisticated and amusing spy melodrama is full of wit and charged with suspense under the cool, calm and assured direction from Alfred Hitchcock. It is probably his best film made during his British period prior to his coming to the United States. The hero Robert Donat was the consummate professional of his time projecting screen magnetism and genuine warmth. The innocent Donat gets pulled into espionage activities where Madeleine Carroll has him mistaken for a criminal. Mistaken identities, narrow escapes and cross-country pursuits highlight this film. This reoccurring theme and the film's dialogue set the stage for Hitchcock's future spy melodramas.
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on June 17, 2000
The 39 Steps is one of the earliest examples of Hitchcock's impending greatness. For those who are casual fans of Hitchcock's more well-known work, the 39 Steps is an enjoyable addition to the Hitchcock compodium. For those who are serious students of the director, The 39 Steps is a must have work of brillance and an unequaled example of Hitchcock's artful skill. While the production values may not be up to the standards of Vertigo or The Birds, the direction is flawless. The 39 Steps is one of my favorite Hitchcock films, second only to Rear Window, and well worth the cost of the Criterion Edition.
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on June 21, 2000
A stylish blend of mystery, romance and light humor, "The 39 Steps" is one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest achievements. Unfortunately, the public-domain status of this 1935 classic has resulted in plenty of inferior video copies at cheap prices. Avoid them! You're better off purchasing the Criterion release, which features a stunning 35mm print and some nice bonuses. "The 39 Steps" represents the highpoint of Hitchcock's British period and should be seen in the best possible quality. In terms of value for money, the Criterion version remains second to none. Accept no substitutes.
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on January 7, 2001
I don't consider myself the biggest Hitchcock fan, though i did enjoy vertigo, this has to be favourate. Beuatifully filmed (look out for that helicopter) with some great twists and turns, this is probably one of the best chase films in quite some tome. Despite its age its very fast paced and also very funny, something of a rariety in most of Hitchcock's flicks. Extremely brittish, and extremely well written and acted, it has to be one of the best brittish films ever made (definitely topping the third man in my list) along side an ending to die for, what more needs to be said. Buy, watch and enjoy.
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on January 2, 2001
The beginning of the Hitchcock legend. A black and white classic that contains many of the elements that Hitch later used in such films as Saboteur and North by Northwest. The blonde goddess heroine, the innocent man on the run and the mysterious McGuffin; in this case it's secret airplane plans that the spy ring must get out of the country. Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll are the first of the great Hitchcock romantic teams. A film that has suspense, comedy and romance blended together in a way that today's movies can only dream of. Altogether, an early masterpiece!
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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 was mistaken. What an excellent film, and the best thing about it was that there were lots more to come from Hitchcock. Robert Donat's character is very likable, completley unflappable. He never seemed to take his situation seriously at all, no matter how dire things seemed. Reminded me of Simon Templar of the SAINT. A BIG BIG reccomendation from me. See it, and see it again.
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Robert Donat is excellent as the innocent man on the run.
Hitchcock produced a masterpiece of suspense and tension.
Of course "The 39 Steps" of the movie are not at all the
same as "The 39 Steps" of the book, but that is OK.
The movie stands on its own merit and it is rightly
recognized as a classic.
The chemistry between Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat
is great and modern film makers should note that the only
clothing removed are her stockings.
Highly recommended, even after all these years.
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Robert Donat is excellent as the innocent man on the run.
Hithcock produced a masterpiece of suspense and tension.
Of course "The 39 Steps" of the movie are not at all the
same as "The 39 Steps" of the book, but that is OK.
The movie stands on its own merit and it is rightly
recognized as a classic. The chemistry between Madeleine
and Robert Donat is great and modern film makers should note
that the only clothing removed are her stockings.
Highly recommended, even after all these years.
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I first saw 39 Steps a few years back on AMC with my son, who was 7 at the time. We missed the ending, and ever since we've both been wanting a chance to see the rest. Since then I've bought two copies on VHS that were so bad they were unwatchable. Finally, thanks to Criterion, we were able to watch it all the way through. This print is nearly pristine, which makes watching this great movie that much more enjoyable. Like each of the Criterion discs I've bought so far, this is a must-have for your collection.
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on November 6, 1999
Wow! Criterion has done it again with another great restoration of a great movie. Plenty of extras to please even the most insatiable DVD collecter. I'm undecided if Criterion should have restored the Vintage Hitchcock documentary--I may just be too restoration happy after the screening. Anyway, the documentary made me appreciate the transfer more. If they can do this, imagine how The Third Man will look when it comes out later this month. I can't wait.
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