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This review is for the MGM version of Alfred Hitchock's "Notorious" Blu-Ray Cat# M125249 UPC 839904-25249 obtained in 2013.

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.
- The American Film Institute Award: The Key to Hitchock
- 1948 radio play starring Joeseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
- Hitchcock audio interviews
- Restoration comparison
- Original theatrical trailer

Two commentaries by film professors, plus two specials, one on the movie one on Hitchcock. You can't beat that at any price. Lots of stuff to increase your future enjoyment of films, and you will be able to re-watch the film again several times of the coming years discovering aspects each time.

I highly recommend this version of this film to women, to teenage girls, and also to my fellow men.
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on January 29, 2003
Having already reviewed the wonderful film "Notorious" this review deals with the DVD releases in question. Reading the reviews praising Criterion Collections "great acheivement" over Anchor Bays "bare-bones" release lit a fire under me. The fact is most re-viewers even those with high-end equipment came to DVD direct from VHS land. DVD is their first experience with Criterion releases.
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. While I agree that Criterion does exhibit better overall contrast and fewer skips, this, however, does not compensate for such heavy grain that the picture is severely compromised in several scenes (even viewed on just a 27 inch Proscan TV) and dust is apparent everywhere. Anchor Bay's 2.0 mono may have less definiton when played on a very high end system than Criterions 1.0, but Anchor Bay's still had more volume overall and the softer and far cleaner video image was more pleasant to watch. Considering that the Criterion edition, even deeply discounted, was triple what I paid for Anchor Bays DVD made me glad I had rented it first. Unless you want to own the extras on the Criterion release, which are substantial, I would recommend a rental first. Thanks, CAL
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on March 6, 2014
Odd that this film is never put in with Hitchcock compilation DVDs, because I think it's in his top five films. Bergman's scenes in this film spoiled me when it came to watching any other actress act. Her vulnerability. Her eyes. Her ability to draw an audience in with multiple --- "Oh, crap! She is in trouble now moments of suspense." The kissing.... Er. If you like Hitchcock, don't miss this film.
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on June 14, 2003
Top-notch espionage thriller with all-star cast consisting of :
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.
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on September 19, 2002
Sure, we hear about "The Birds," "Psycho," "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," and "Vertigo" until our ears bleed, but Hitchcock never surpassed the passion and intrigue he pulled off in this one. An excellent cast led by Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains; love scenes hotter than any of the semi-nude sax-underscored things we get today (sometimes just the sound of Bergman breathing); and a solid nail-biter plot make this one of his very best.
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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on September 19, 2002
Sure, we hear about "The Birds," "Psycho," "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," and "Vertigo" until our ears bleed, but Hitchcock never surpassed the passion and intrigue he pulled off in this one. An excellent cast led by Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains; love scenes hotter than any of the semi-nude sax-underscored things we get today (sometimes just the sound of Bergman breathing); and a solid nail-biter plot make this one of his very best.
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 Kathryn 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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on July 14, 2002
Besides all the *great* extras you get with this DVD, there's also about 15 seconds worth of additional dialogue on the Criterion DVD that was left out of the Anchor Bay edition due to reel changes. At approximately 12:54 in the Anchor Bay DVD, 2 of Cary Grant's lines are cut in half & blended together & rendered indecipherable, with Ingrid Bergman's response in between those lines completely cut out! That same scene is approximatetly 13:03 in the Criterion DVD. There's another scene later in the DVD that does the same thing. As far as picture quality, I'm not sure why some people complain about the graininess--it's inherent in the film. The Criterion is restored from earlier prints than the Anchor Bay edition, so the blacks are blacker, the whites whiter. Anchor Bay's version doesn't have as much graininess because it's more faded & softer than Criterion's edition. And unless you have a big-screen TV, you won't even notice any graininess except in 2 or 3 scenes. In any case, this is by far the best Hitchock movie from the pre-fifties era, and certainly in his best top 5 of all time, so even if you don't get the Criterion version at least get *some* version!
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on July 13, 2002
Notorious is truly one of Hitchcock's greatest films. In addition to combining incredible suspense with romance, it features excellent black-and-white cinematography and a phenomenal cast. This movie is a must-see!
Anyhow, Notorious is basically the story of Alicia Hubermann (Ingrid Bergman), a young woman of questionable morals, whose father is revealed to be a Nazi agent. When he dies in prison, Alicia is hired by the US government to help investigate another agent, Sebastian (Claude Rains). To do her job, she must work with Devlin (Cary Grant), a mysterious and seemingly unfeeling American agent - who she falls in love with. The movie deals with the investigation of Sebastian's plans AND with the romance between Alicia and Devlin, which is hurt greatly (surprisingly enough) by Alicia's marriage to Sebastian (done in the name of duty).
Hitchcock uses the interesting plot to build almost unbearable suspense and to present an interesting romance between Alicia and Devlin, who at first does everything to ignore his love for Alicia. The acting is truly amazing: Ingrid Bergman is perfect as Alicia, Cary Grant reveals his darker side as Devlin, and Claude Rains makes Sebastian charming in an evil sort of way. Ingrid and Cary are perfectly matched - in real life, they were very close friends, and their mutual respect and warmth is evident in their love scenes, which are amazing (especially the famous scene in which they kiss nonstop while picking up the phone, etc, etc.).
This movie is perfect - every scene is breathtaking! If you haven't already seen this 1946 classic, what are you waiting for? The DVD is excellent and has many special features - but you don't need to buy it on account of that - the movie alone is a must-have!
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on May 5, 2002
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman star in NOTORIOUS, from 1946, a top notch film from Alfred Hitchcock. Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, a beautiful woman with a troubled past. She is asked by American Secret Agent T.R. Devlin, (Grant) to spy on a suspected group of Nazi criminals, located in Rio.The situation becomes more complicated when Alicia falls in love and marries one of the suspects, Alex, played with intensity by, Claude Raines. Now its up to Devlin to save her...and to admit that he has fallen in love with her. This film is, in my opinion, Hitchcock's best early American film. Fully restored and digitally remastered for this DVD, the film looks and sounds wonderful, gone is the grainy look of many late late show airings. The soft lighting and striking cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff really stands out and makes this a film not to miss.
Once again, the people at Criterion have put together a great DVD. Some of the standout extras on the disc include an original radio drama version from 1948. Insightful and engaging commentaries from 2 Hitchcock historians that take us through the film. Rare news reel film of the director and the film's star Bergman, nifty promo material, and more. I highly recommend this DVD for anyone who likes great spy/espionge thrillers. The film is unforgettable.
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on April 4, 2002
Easily among my Top 10 films of all time, Notorious is a stunning piece of film-making by the father of the suspense genre at the peak of his early American career.
Hitchcock had an extremely long and successful career in the movie business (directing 67 films!) and you can divide it into 4 distinct stages: his early British films (The Lodger, The 39 Steps), his early American work under David O. Selznick (Rebecca, Spellbound), the middle period with all the great Jimmy Stewart films (Rear Window, Vertigo) and the final, jarring stretch that begins with Psycho. Notorious is the best of the Selznick era and is a hallmark in Hitchcock's career and in film history.
It's the story of American secret agent T. R. Devlin (Cary Grant) and his attempt to foil Nazis who've taken up refuge in Rio De Janero after the war. His weapon is the stunning Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), daughter of one of the former conspirators. The plan is to have her reignite an old flame with one of the goose-steppers, Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains), infiltrate the home where he lives with his overbearing mother, and sneak out information. Unfortunately for Devlin, he falls in love with the woman that he has to push into another man's arms. And into mortal danger as well.
Criterion's recently released DVD edition is a superb restoration packed with extras on the making of the film and two excellent commentary tracks. Mariane Keane points out shot-for-shot what set Hitch ahead of his time and Rudy Behlmer (who edited the tome of Selznick memos) brings a historical perspective unequaled. You can also hear the complete Lux Radio Theatre adaptation with Bergman and Joseph Cotton from 1948. Add to this the production and promotional stills, correspondence, trailers, short story excerpts, newsreel footage, and even script excerpts that include deleted scenes and an alternate ending along with many more extras and you get a definitive look at the film and all that went into it.
Notorious is simply a movie lover's dream come true and I'm glad to say that Criterion has done an outstanding job in it's presentation.
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