Given the ongoing cinematic appreciation for 3D films, it’s easy to overlook that fact that there are many films of old that have tinkered with the format, too. Alfred Hitchcock was one director who tried it out, shooting Dial M For Murder
in 3D. This Blu-ray release not only restores and remasters the film, but also brings back the 3D too. Given how rarely the film has been seen in its original 3D form, this is something worthy of real interest.
The film itself is effectively a three hander, one that was tackled more recently in the Michael Douglas vehicle A Perfect Murder. Hitchcock’s is, unsurprisingly, the better film with Ray Milliband’s tennis player plotting the murder of his wife, played by Grace Kelly, who happens to be having an affair with Robert Cummings’ writer. It’s a claustrophobic, occasionally witty, thriller that ensues, hinging not only on the quality of Hitchcock’s direction, but also the performance of the three leads. They do not let their director down.
The disc explores, on top of the film, the story of Hitchcock and Dial M For Murder, and adds the original trailer for the film too. But it’s the chance to see the film closer to how Hitchcock originally intended that remains the key selling point for this strong Blu-ray. --Jon Foster
Originally shot in 3D and newly remastered and restored for Blu-ray 3D, Alfred Hitchcock’s screen version of Frederick Knott’s stage hit Dial M for Murder
is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock’s Rear Window
and her Oscar®-honoured work in The Country Girl
). She loves Cummings; her husband Milland plots her murder. But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer--and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon. Dial “M” for the Master of Suspense at his most stylish.Extra Content
- Hitchcock and Dial M
- Theatrical Trailer