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Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953]

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Casey Adams, Jean Peters, Dennis O'Dea
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CPQCR62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,186 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marilyn Monroe sizzles in this tense, masterful thriller. While the seductive Rose Loomis (Monroe) and her husband George (Joseph Cotten) vacation in a charming guest cabin at spectacular Niagara Falls, Rose and her lover plot to kill George. But things go terribly wrong, and soon, an innocent honeymooning couple find themselves swept up in the crime.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A splendid transfer of a tight little Hitchcock-like thriller which still works well. The town of Niagara is as much a "character" as the rest of the cast in Henry Hathaway's impressively directed tale of betrayal and revenge. Joseph Cotton gives a typically first rate performance as a husband more sinned against than sinning while Monroe - all tight dresses, scarlet lips and pouting looks - is sensational, iconic (and in terms of the 21st Century faintly ludicrous) as the embodiment of female treachery and sensuality. It's a great little movie, filled with nice details and the "travelogue" element is fascinating too. The blu ray transfer is outstanding - great contrast - eye popping colours - terrific detail - and the audio is even more impressive with the 5.1 immersive dub than the previous DVD too. Because the original poster had Marilyn stretched out over the falls ( "two forces of nature") one almost expects CinemaScope - but no - the film was shot in a 4x3 Academy ratio which had thankfully been retained for this transfer. Still it all looks very spectacular and on big screen video projection rather thrilling as the FX and blu-screen work are surprisingly good for 1954. The only extra is however the black and white trailer for the film - and this omission is a little disappointing as more extras would have been gratefully received. The film itself is definitely a treat for a wet Sunday afternoon though and this edition is highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alsome on 11 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
What can one say that hasn't been said already about this true classic of American cinema? For me, this tense and effective thriller with it's very fine cast, who all give engaging performances, is right up there with the best thrillers ever made. Looking past Marilyn Monroe's breakthrough show-stopping turn, Joseph Cotten is equally impressive as George Loomis, whose murder is being arranged by his man-trap, devious wife, Monroe. Soon a vacationing couple at the imposing Niagara Falls, played by Casey Adams and Jean Peters, become involved in the proceedings.
I would like to give special mention to Jean Peters as the down-to-earth, quick-witted Polly Cutler, who reluctantly aids Loomis. I rate this her career-best performance and she is not overshadowed by Monroe's more prominent prescence.
Should anyone be in doubt about upgrading from DVD to Blu Ray for this title. Don't, the picture quality is excellent and far superior to all previous dvds of the film.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Now we all know Marilyn Monroe looks absolutely stunning on screen. This movie, one of her earlier works, proves she can act as well. In this, she plays a woman who plots with her lover to bump off her husband, only to get a shock when the murder doesn't work out as planned. You can view this movie any way you wish - either gaze longingly at Marilyn all film, enjoy the sparkling backdrop of Niagara falls, or sit on the edge of your seat at the suspense and intrigue of the thrilling script. I would recommend doing all three, and enjoy a thoroughly great film.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 19 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
`Niagara' was the movie that brought Marilyn Monroe to the publics full attention. As always her performance radiates and she plays the shift from seductive murderess to frightened victim wonderfully. Jean Peters, though slightly overshadowed by Marilyn, also provides a believable performance and a role that's easier for the audience to relate to. We spend much of the movie looking at the situation through her characters eyes, an interesting alternative to pursuing the story solely through the eyes of George or Rose Loomis.
The story itself has aged very well and remains cliché free, even today though it could have been improved by fleshing out Cottons character. At times it can be unclear what the script is insinuating about his character and I would have preferred more time spent exploring the relationship between Rose and her husband.
However its refreshing to find a movie from this era where all the characters didn't have a happy story book ending.
`Niagara' is an engaging movie and special mention goes out to the shredded wheat jokes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Harman on 22 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This film is a wonderful chance for the four main leads to show their considerable talents. From the title and the opening scene it is obvious that Niagara Falls will dominate this picture, but even more important are two more symbols: bars and bells. When George Loomis (Joseph Cotten) returns to the holiday cabin, it is dark and gloomy. The scene then switches to the interior of the chalet. On hearing George`s key in the lock, Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) pretends to be asleep. The pair of them occupy seperate beds, and when George lies down, the slats from the venetian blinds cast shadows which resemble prison bars across his face and body, thus emphasising the trap in which these two people find themselves; this point is further reinforced when Rose, seeing George has closed his eyes, turns away from him in contempt.

The scene which introduces Mr and Mrs Cutler (played by Jean Peters and Casey Adams) shows the contrast between this happy couple and George and Rose; not only in character but physically:i.e. the blonde (Rose) and the brunette (Polly). The movie also contains interesting parallels; the shots of Niagara Falls followed by Rose in the shower, plus the sound of the bell-tower contrasted with the tinkling bracelet worn by Rose. Another significent detail is how George Loomis, in building his tiny model cars is trying to hold himself together and exercise some control over his disturbed mental state. The use of music is very well handled with the tune "Kiss" played with variations throughout the film.
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