It's certainly not the most intense movie that Hitchcock has made, yet To Catch A Thief has a playfulness about it, and is an engrossing piece of work. It's a beautifully made one, too, and that's something that comes across wonderfully well on the Blu-ray's 1080p transfer. The colours are bright and precise, and the sharpness of the picture is very welcome.
The release is bolstered further by a compelling package of extra features, led by a really interesting look at the making of the film. This is backed up further by a collection of inevitably retrospective featurettes, and there's an informative commentary track too.
It's a thoughtful package, and one that explores the slightly underappreciated main feature. Hitchcock certainly made better films that To Catch A Thief, but it's still a superior thriller, to which time has been kind. --Jon Foster
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.
The cinematography by long-time Hitchcock collaborator Robert Burks was shot on location in the French Riviera. The style is daylight clear and sparkling, bright as the dream of a princess to be, always focused without a hint of darkness anywhere. Even the scenes shot at night on the rooftops seem to glow. The houses on the hills overlooking Princess Grace's future home and the narrow cobble stone roads with the low-lying stone walls suggest a refined and elegant lifestyle to come. Even though she drives too fast, one is not worried that she might crash...
Cary Grant is John Robie who fought with the French resistence during WWII and then became a jewel thief, dubbed "The Cat" for his ability to slink quietly in the night over roof tops and to steal into the bedrooms of the rich and take their jewels without waking them. As the movie opens he is retired from his life of crime and living comfortably in a villa in the hills above Nice. The complications begin immediately as the police arrive at his villa to question him about some recent cat-like jewel robberies. Robie is innocent of course (we are led to believe) and to prove his innocence he is motivated to find the real thief.
Grace Kelly plays Frances Stevens, the slightly naughty nouveau riche daughter of the widow of a Texas-style oil millionaire.... Read more ›
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