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To Catch a Thief [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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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


To Catch A Thief doesn't tend to be mentioned alongside the greats from director Alfred Hitchcock, but that certainly doesn't mean that there isn't a lot to like about it. Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, the premise of the film is that a retired thief has to find out who's behind a string of thefts, to stop the blame being placed on him.

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

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Williams on 26 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on 17 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
TO CATCH A THIEF [1954] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The French Riviera…two luminous stars [Grace Kelly and Cary Grant] and the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, behind the camera. They all add up to one romantic, dazzling screen thriller for the first time on his Blu-ray edition. Cary Grant plays John Robie, a retired jewel thief once known as “The Cat,” who catches the eye of Frances Stevens [Grace Kelly] a pampered, vacationing heiress. But when a new rash of gem thefts occurs amongst the luxury hotels of the spectacular French Riviera playground, it appears the “The Cat” is on the prowl again. Is John Robie truly reformed? Or is he deviously using Frances Stevens to gain access to the tempting collection of fabulous jewellery belonging to her Mother [Jessie Royce Landis]? Romance sparks fly as the suspense builds in this glittering Alfred Hitchcock classic that nabbed and Oscar® for Best Cinematography.

FILM FACT: The film won an Academy Award and was nominated in another two categories. Won: Best Cinematography (Robert Burks). Nominated: Best Art Direction (Hal Pereira, Joseph McMillan Johnson, Samuel M. Comer and Arthur Krams). Best Costume Design (Edith Head). This was Alfred Hitchcock's first of five films in the widescreen process VistaVision and final film with Grace Kelly. The film also led to another successful collaboration with Cary Grant, the 1959 classic ‘North by Northwest’ (also about a man with a mistaken identity who goes on a breakneck adventure to prove his innocence). The costumes were by Edith Head, including Grace Kelly's memorable golden gown for the film's costume ball.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
Years ago John Robie (Cary Grant) decided that it was better to live rich than poor. So he became a joule thief. He was pretty good at his trade. His ability and modus operandi of sneaking along roof tops gave him the title of "The Cat". However he a war came up and he was an iatrical art of the resistance. This and the promise to give up his thieving ways allowed him to go free and enjoy the proceeds from his ill-gotten ways.

Well it looks like "The Cat" has stuck again. Robie can only clear himself by finding the "Copy Cat." To help he enlists some old friends, an insurance investigator, and some new friends/or maybe victims.

So did he really do it and trying to blame it on someone else?
Why would anyone after all these years want to frame him?

This movie can become a favorite as even when you know the outcome you will watch it again for the action and interaction of the different characters. Then you will also look for clues that are now obvious but missed the first time.
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