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Notorious [Blu-ray] [1946] [US Import]

Claude Rains , Cary Grant    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claude Rains, Cary Grant
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0065N6K9Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of Alfred Hitchcock's classics, this romantic thriller features a cast to die for: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains. Bergman plays the daughter of a disgraced father who is recruited by American agents to infiltrate a post-World War II spy ring in Brazil. Her control agent is Grant, who treats her with disdain while developing a deep romantic bond with her. Her assignment: to marry the suspected head of the ring (Rains) and get the goods on everyone involved. Danger, deceit, betrayal--and, yes, romance--all come together in a nearly perfect blend as the film builds to a terrific (and surprising) climax. Grant and Bergman rarely have been better. --Marshall Fine


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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Filmed in 1946, this was a truly sensational film upon its release, its a dramatic impact far stronger than what we experience now. Newspapers were publicizing the fact that major Nazi leaders had escaped to Brazil and other South American countries, and America's use of the atomic bomb in Japan had made every American aware of the importance of uranium, also a plot element here. The work of spies was respected and considered crucial for America's safety.
In this Hitchcock-directed film, Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, daughter of a Nazi spy convicted of treason. A young woman who has always played fast and loose, she is nevertheless recruited to go to Brazil to infiltrate her father's Nazi network there, with Devlin (Cary Grant) as her agency contact. They fall in love as they await orders in Rio, but the stiff and formal Grant cannot bring himself to tell this "notorious" woman ("not a lady") that he loves her. When she realizes that she will get much better information if she marries Nazi Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains), Grant allows her to do this, meeting her periodically for agonizing updates. As Alicia uncovers increasingly important information related to the Nazi search for uranium, her own life is threatened.
Hitchcock's camera work is extraordinary, with high-contrast scenes achieving maximum dramatic impact in black and white. He often places objects and people in the extreme foreground with the camera focused on the background, and he uses changes of lighting to emphasize changing moods or realizations by characters. The suspense builds to a crescendo, and when Grant and Bergman manage to get inside a locked wine cellar while Rains is approaching, the tension nears the breaking point.
Part of the suspense is psychological.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good collection of the best director. 31 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
None of the 4 movies need introductions. They are all masterpieces for the right reasons.
Rebecca is for me the ultimate movie. Eventhough it's been over 60 years since it was shot, it still has that magic touch that makes it so relevant to these times.
Having said that, I must comment that the video transfer of the 4 movies is, alas, only average.
Numerous scratches and dust particles can be spotted and some very nasty compression signs can be seen in most of the darker scenes. However, the framing seems accurate and no edge enhancment distract the viewer.
The soundtrack another story. While it's obvious that the soundtrack had not been remastered, it was certainly cleaned from all the hisses that were evident in the VHS versions of the movies. Still, it's not a full blown Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, but the sound is very adequate and the dialog is always clear and understandable.
Each movie includes extra features that vary in quality and quantity. I always prefer the director commentary, which is, alas, missing, but given the fact that Hitchcock is no longer available for DVD commentaries, it's acceptable.
Would I recommend this collection? Well, that depends. Any Hitchcock fan MUST buy it (being so cheap and being Hitchcock's finest). However, if you're a DVD fan rather than a Hitchcock fan, you should buy the separate versions of the 4 movies, since some of them were given a really good treat when they were transferred to DVD (look for the Criterion editions).
4 out of 5 stars.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first unmissable Hitch 21 Nov 2000
By Nettlewine VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Notorious marks the first film in Hitchcock's output which really hits the mark and still pushes at the boundaries now, over 50 years since its release.
On loan from his suffocative contract with David O. Selznick, the director turned out with RKO a practically flawless picture. It bears all the hallmarks of what we now consider a Hitchcock classic: It has Cary Grant. It has Ingrid Bergman. It has a pulpy (though not too pulpy) plot. It has interantional agents. It has a Macguffin. It even has a one word title!
Bergman plays the woman-with-a-history, and Grant is the detective trying to infiltrate a Nazi group. Bergman is his tool, and he persuades/pushes her into a marriage with Nazi sympathiser Claude Raines.
This central trio of characters is outstanding -- the relationship between Bergman and Grant thoroughly believable and watertight, and Raines treads the line between threatening and weak immaculately.
Really a must-see, even after all these years. Includes excellent flourishes, including the much vaunted longest-ever screen kiss and the breathtaking bravura camera dolly down the stairs to Bergman's concealed hand. The party sequence is one of the best in all of Hitchcock's output.
From start to finish it is a joy -- buy it, and buy it now.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ILLUSTRIOUS INGRID INVOKES IMMORTALITY 29 May 2009
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ILLUSTRIOUS INGRID INVOKES IMMORTALITY -
IF there ever was a competition for the most magical screen pairing CARY GRANT-INGRID BERGMAN will win it hands down for their magical,enigmatic & magnetic chemistry which scorches the screen in this post-war espionage romance from the master of cinema who pays a homage to ethical art in this tale of treachery and deception .

the story shifts from Miami to RIO de janiero,the lead duo bring a panache which only Hitchcock can infuse into stars with an endowing emotion that galvanizes a thriller to life .

Devlin [grant ]recruits Alicia[ingrid ] to entrap a neo -Nazi Brazilian group headed by Claude Rains developing uranium enrichment facilities ,as devlin despicably tutors her to seduce claude and to wed the nazi to perform an inside job ,this initial battle of sexes gives way to an ethereal love story as devlin realises he has been smitten by alicia.

The drama works at many dimensions,from the exchange of torrid glances between the haunted lovers to ultimately evoking envy when grant finally kisses ingrid in a sumptuous and delicately triumphant love scene which is a milestone in cinema .

This is a fever pitch drama immersed in lover's dilemma but love is relegated to the back seat
,but it is the notoriously ravishing and illustriously talented Bergman who is the cause celebre in a complex,multi-layered role executed with immense style and talent galore as the vulnerable victim and the maligned wife suffering at the hands of both society and the neo-nazis trapped in a magical web of deceit weaved by the genius of Hitchcock.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock at his best
This wonderful movie is Hitchcock's attempt at a love story, a triangle between Cary Grant, as government agent TR Devlin, Claud
Rains as Nazi plotter Alex Sebastian and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aletheuon
4.0 out of 5 stars "Notorious" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc For...
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman bring sheer star-power and class to Hitchcock’s much-loved “Notorious” (1946) – I fear the BLU RAY reissue of it may make UK film fans want to tear... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Film-Notorious
I liked this film and would certainly watch it over again. My partner thought it was a bit slow going, but he still watched it all.
Published 4 months ago by debbie stepney
2.0 out of 5 stars Miscast
I gave this two stars, not because of the acting, which was very good, as you would expect from these two players. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hitch Gem.
Like spellbound this is another classic of the classics and a must for every Hitch fan. Exellent quality. Highly recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Azworld
1.0 out of 5 stars Notorious?,wake me up when its over!
I am a real Hitchcock fan.But what anyone sees in this film I will never know. You are forever waiting for somthing to happen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Mark Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars well known film and director
It is a fantastic film to watch , I recommend it for people interested in film making and drama for experience
Published 7 months ago by Bashar Al-Gailani
2.0 out of 5 stars notorious
This dvd although well wrapped was very badly scratced and scuffed. this is the second time i have received items in such condition .
Published 10 months ago by peter
2.0 out of 5 stars okay is being too generous
I had not seen this film before buying it, but was eagerly looking for another Hitchcock film to match the quality of 'Rebecca', 'Rear Window', 'Vertigo' and 'The 39 Steps' (all... Read more
Published 10 months ago by debhenri
5.0 out of 5 stars Notorious
Most of Hitchcock's films are great and this is one of his best.
The story plot and the acting are first class with Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Graham
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