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To Catch a Thief [DVD] [1955]

Cary Grant , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Brigitte Auber
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, German, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, French, English
  • Dubbed: German, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A1B7CF4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,991 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This minor 1955 work by Alfred Hitchcock, one of the lighter entries of his creative peak in the 1950s, is still imbued with the master's stock themes of shared guilt and romantic ambivalence. It is also hardly lacking in Hitchcockian cinematic inventiveness, such as a famous, often-imitated sequence in which some smooching between stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is intercut with a fireworks show that just happens to be going on outside in a Riviera setting. Grant plays a reformed cat burglar who is suspected of reviving his trade, though he knows someone else is using his old methods. A very enjoyable experience, but don't get this confused with Hitchcock's other Cary Grant film of that decade, a true masterpiece: North by Northwest. --Tom Keogh

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To Catch A Thief (2013 Re-sleeve)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great DVD edition of a classic film 24 Jan 2003
By A Customer
This has to be one of my all-time favourite films. Hitchcock was at his best shooting a witty scrip, full of action, suspense and sexual innuendos. Cary Grant protraits a reform jewel thief wrongly accused of theft who sets to prove his innocence. Grace Kelly is set on getting him. Shot partially on location in the french riviera, it still stands today as a great comedy.
The DVD edition of the film is actually quite good. For the first time you can see the film in widescreen, allowing you to actually see the Hitchcock cameo. The extras are good enough and include a making of and a couple of smaller featurettes. The film has subtitles in 24 different languages and several of these (if not all) are also available in extras. This is a great DVD edition of a classic film.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I have just received this blu ray and felt compelled to write a quick review, not of the movie this has already been covered but of the blu ray product itself....I am not sure where some of the reviewers on here get their information but I can confirm that the UK edition has all 11 of the extras listed by Amazon.

I nearly cancelled this to buy the US version as I wanted the extras, I am so glad I did not.

Believe me you do not need to purchase the US version as this has it all.

The picture quality is as excellent as expected, if you love this movie do yourself a favour and buy this you will not be dissapointed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thievery in the sun 10 Feb 2007
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories.

"To Catch A Thief" is a sterling example of the latter kind of movie -- a chic, sleek, golden-tinted caper, full of witty dialogue and solid acting from legendary actors. Despite the taut action scenes, Hitchcock makes it feel almost like a cinematic vacation.

Paul Robie (Cary Grant) was "The Cat," the most notorious jewel thief in Europe, before he retired. But now impossible heists -- made in Robie's style -- are popping up all over Cannes, and he's the immediate suspect. Narrowly escaping the police, he enlists a friend to help him clear his name by capturing this new Cat.

To do that, he masquerades as an American tourist, and gets to know pretty oil heiress Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) and her mother. But when the Stevens jewels are stolen, Frances brings the cops down on Robie -- and now he is more desperate than ever to find the Cat, because he suspects it's an old friend...

Hitchcock was in fine form with "To Catch a Thief," especially since he had two great actors in the mix. Granted this isn't one of his more insightful or suspenseful movies, but it captures a sense of sly wit and fun instead.

If "To Catch A Thief" has a problem, it's that astute viewers will be able to guess who the Cat is after about a half hour, maximum. But fortunately viewers can be distracted by Hitchcock's knack for razor-sharp dialogue ("What do you say?" "My only comment would be highly censorable") and double entendres (during an intimate lunch, Francie asks, "You want a leg or a breast?").
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blu-ray 9 Jun 2013
By Kai
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This blu-ray boasts a picture quality which I hardly find anywhere else in my quite comprehensive collection including all new movies.

Picture clarity, richness of details (flowers, leaves, the tiniest bricks on distant bridges, small ornaments on clothes and chandeliers even in the background ...) and colors are stunning. There is extremely little grain, while at the same the picture looks very natural, not at all waxy. Facial details look very lively and natural.

I previously owned a DVD special edition which was already very good. The blu-ray is just amazing.

Watching all the beautifully photographed landscape, the lavish costumes in the final scene, the facial expressions of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in this stunning quality is a great joy even for a second or third time.

(I also bought the iTunes HD version which is an absolute shame with pale colors and fuzzy details as compared to this blu-ray.)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling new transfer of classic Hitchcock. 14 May 2008
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It would be fair to say that this is somewhat mediocre by Hitchcock standards, but the fact is mediocre for him is still a class act by anyone else's yardstick.
Cary Grant plays an ex cat burglar, who is accused of a string of jewel robberies in the French Riviera where he has retired. He decides to catch the thief in order to clear his own name, and latches onto the next likely victim, a wealthy American and her daughter - Grace Kelly.
For a Hitchcock movie, there are not so many surprises - you can see the ending coming long before it arrives, and the set pieces are not as spectacular as usual.. the thief catching is really just the Maguffin needed to capture some sparkling interplay between the charismatic Grant and the luminous Grace Kelly. It is the word play and even sexual tension that keep the film a favourite. The innuendo in the scene where Grace Kelly is urging Cary Grant to reach out and stroke and caress her...err... diamonds.. is superb, albeit a little undone by the over the top splicing with the fireworks outside - as amusing as that idea is.
Grant plays the charismatic and lithe ex burglar known as `the cat' in typical Grant mode, and Kelly is take-your-breath-away stunning in her Edith head costumes - as movie-star like as it is possible to be.
Some aspects seem dated - the back projection driving scenes, the studio bound house and water scenes.. however, Cannes and Nice are up there on display, making the Riviera as much a character as the stars, and the photography, as always in Hitch's movies, is gorgeous and richly coloured.
It has neither the edge, the suspense or the complexity of themes of Hitch's later work, but is an enjoyable piece of easy to watch fluff, that bears repeated viewings thanks to the director's flair, his stars luminescence and the sparkling interplays between them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!
If you like Hitchcock directed films then this one certainly doesn't disappoint. Thoroughly recommend.
Published 3 days ago by Jonathan
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classic hitchcock film with stunning locations
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great film, amazing bluray quality. picture is amazing. definite Hitchcock grant combo
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If you like old movies buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Nostalgia!
Looking a bit dated now but Cary Grant is always worth watching and Grace Kelly is so beautiful, the film was a nostalgic treat....especially for the gorgeous clothes and scenery!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cary On Double-Entedre-ing
Who couldn't like: the suggestiveness of the script; Grace Kelly's immaculateness; Cary Grant's charm; the brilliant colour; the wonderful photography of the Alpes Maritimes; the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars happy
My Mum was very happy with this as she cannot use a modern dvd machine and loves watching old videos
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5.0 out of 5 stars To catch a thief
The above has arrived and been most enjoyable watch a very big thanks I like a lot of old movies
Published 5 months ago by Ms. A. Esson
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