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

Cary Grant , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alec Coppel, David Dodge, John Michael Hayes
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JJX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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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 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
Format:DVD
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thievery in the sun 10 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a catch 3 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blu-ray 9 Jun 2013
By Kai
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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