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Houdini [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tony Curtis , Janet Leigh , George Marshall    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke, Stefan Schnabel
  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Writers: Harold Kellock, Philip Yordan
  • Producers: Frank Freeman Jr., George Pal
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LFUVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
George Pal's Houdini is in many ways almost as much of a sideshow attraction and triumph of showmanship as Harry Houdini's celebrated illusions and escapes, opting for a print the legend version that offers 50s studio system glamour over substance and gets away with it rather magnificently. Despite being heavily fictionalised and even changing the cause of his death to give the film a bigger ending, it's not a complete travesty, hitting most of the key points - the beginnings in sideshow fakery, the great escapes, his increasing fascination with death and debunking fake mediums - while overlooking many of his more varied interests (criminology, inventions, aviation, movies) and completely ignoring his brother Hardeen (an accomplished magician and escapologist himself) as it concentrates on the love story. That's not so surprising considering the constraints of a 106-minute running time, particularly when the Houdinis are played by Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh at their most attractive. Like its stars, the film is a particularly good-looking Technicolor package ably directed by George Marshall and Ernest Lazslo's cinematography is well-represented by the NTSC DVD release (which, unlike the region-free Blu-ray release, also includes a trailer). As long as you're just looking for entertainment rather than insight, this fits the bill rather well with never a dull moment. Be warned, however, that the London scenes contain some blunkin' ore-ibble Angerlish uccents, an' thet's a fakt, givna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars houdini 16 Aug 2010
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I simply cannot fault this film in any way.Many years ago I saw this film on television and having recently purchased the DVD I am still enthralled with the acting of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh as Houdini and Bess.I would recommend this as a super piece of evenings entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT STORY 25 Feb 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top movie, top supplier, everything tops .... 14 Oct 2012
By David
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Item arrived promptly, well packaged and in excellent condition. Great movie with wonderful performances from Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Although not entirely factually correct, the movie grips from start to finish. Highly recommended !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Houdini 13 Jun 2012
This is a classic film, for both the subject - the fascinating Houdini - and for Tony Curtis' portrayal of him. Supported by the glamorous Janet Leigh
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