Strangers on a Train (2-Disc Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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
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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.Read more ›
While engaged in conversation, Guy reveals that he hates his father who has been pestering him to get a job (can you imagine that?!) Bruno knows that Guy hates his adulterous wife whom he wants to divorce. Bruno proposes that they exchange murders. Bruno will murder Guy's wife, and Guy will murder Bruno's father, "criss-cross" as Bruno says. Since Bruno and Guy don't know each other, they would have no motive for killing the other person's wife and father.
Guy laughs at Bruno's absurd scheme and walks away without taking Bruno seriously. But Bruno misunderstands. Soon Guy's wife is found strangled. And Bruno wants Guy to carry out his side of the bargain....
This terrific suspense film is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most entertaining films. It manages to keep you on the edge of your seat, while at the same time incorporating a lot of humor. Bruno Antony is one of Hitchcock's most interesting villains. A spoiled son of an over indulgent mother and a millionaire businessman father, Bruno at first seems harmless enough. He is a bum who doesn't work but lives life to the fullest, ingratiating himself on everybody. In one of the film's most amusing scenes, he invites himself to a cocktail party and tells his half-baked ideas to the pampered women. But there is something sinister about him that we are quick to pick up on. When Bruno finds Guy unwilling to go through with his plan, he begins stalking Guy and coming out into the open.
I especially liked the film's final twenty minutes.Read more ›
Farley Granger stars as a tennis pro trying to get out of a bad marriage so he can marry a senator's daughter, Ruth Roman. Robert Walker is an odd character he meets on the train who hates his father and wants him dead. Unwittingly, Granger ends up in a deal in which Walker will kill Granger's wife in exchange for Granger murdering Walker's father. And when Walker goes through with his part of the bargain, Granger finds himself in the uncomfortable position of being a murder suspect and owing Walker a murder as well.
Walker is astonishingly good in his role, walking away with the film with a performance that should have been rewarded back then and better remembered today. He's one of Hitchcock's great villains. Neither Granger or Roman registers with much of an impact, while Marion Lorne as Walker's protective mother has a couple of very strong scenes. Patricia Hitchcock, the director's daughter, is very amusing as Roman's sister.
Pretty much all of the memorable scenes in the film involve Walker. The film's climax is really well done and a lot of fun to watch. There are a few holes in the story, but they can be overlooked when it has so much else going for it. There as some great shots (typical for Hitchcock) with some interesting symbolism.
I'm really glad I watched the film for a second time!
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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 on May 13 2014 by Guy Charlebois
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2014 by EA Solinas
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
After the spectacular successes of "Notorious" and "Spellbound" Alfred Hitchcock went into a five year box-office slump that had him seriously rattled. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
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
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