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Saboteur [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Priscilla Lane , Robert Cummings , Alfred Hitchcock    DVD
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  • Actors: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alfred Hitchcock, Dorothy Parker, Joan Harrison, Peter Viertel
  • Producers: Frank Lloyd, Jack H. Skirball
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,451 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This seven-disc box set includes the following titles:

The Trouble with Harry: the 1955 black comedy concerning a pesky corpse that becomes a problem for a quiet, Vermont neighbourhood.

The Man Who Knew Too Much: the 1956 remake of Hitchcock's own 1934 spy thriller. James Stewart and Doris Day play American tourists who discover more than they wanted to know about an assassination plot.

Rear Window: the 1954 film in which the story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's (Jimmy Stewart) imprisonment in his apartment. Stewart's convalescence in a wheelchair provides the revolutionary perspective from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbours.

Rope: the 1948 experimental film masquerading as a Hollywood thriller, the plot is simple and based on a successful stage play: two young men commit murder as an intellectual exercise.

Shadow of a Doubt: the 1943 thriller which sets a tone of menace and fear by introducing a psychotic killer into the quite suburban town of Santa Rosa, California. Hitchcock claimed it to be his personal favourite.

Saboteur: the 1942 film, set during the initial stages of World War II, concerning a ring of Nazi fifth columnists who plot to weaken American military defences and cause a falsely accused man being forced on the run.

Bonus disc: Psycho: the 1960 film which contains one of the most famous scenes in movie history. Anthony Perkins is unforgettable as Norman Bates (a role he could never seem to leave behind) the mama's-boy proprietor of the Bates Motel.

On the DVD: with the wealth of writing and documentation surrounding the great master and his work, it would be a great loss to find this collection lacking in special features. Thankfully this box set does not disappoint. The special features are not only laid out clearly but they offer an outstanding range of information that will please any Hitchcock fan. Each disc varies in content but many include original storyboards and sketches from art directors and even, on one occasion, Hitchcock himself. They contain beautifully edited interviews or "Making Of" features, plus there's a trailer compilation with a voice-over from the great Jimmy Stewart. All discs come with a scene selection and choice of languages and subtitles. The DVD picture and sound is almost perfect, making each classic feel like new.

The box set offers a small booklet with details of each film along with original poster. The Psycho bonus disc, includes cast biographies and a theatrical trailer and the lavish package design makes it a great coffee-table accessory --Nikki Disney

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man trying to clear his name 24 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The film was shot in 1942, just about the time when the USA entered the WW2,so with that in mind and put in context this is a very interesting film with historical hindsight.
This is a familiar theme throughout many of Hitchcocks films, a man framed for something he didnt do,but cannot go to the police,as he is not sure he will be believed,and he cant trust them, so then tries to clear his name before he is caught.
This film came many years before North By Northwest,which was a much more famous and classically noted film, but has the same theme running through it.Again, In the latter film, Hitch wishes to convey the vastness of the countyside when Cary Grant is attacked by the crop dusting aeroplane in the wide open spaces with little or no cover to hide.
This theme of man accused and trying to clear himself was very successfully approached many years later in The Fugitive for example, the innocent man being chased by the authrities who keep getting closer all the time,whilst he is trying to clear himself.
Visually the film is very rich, with a huge amount of scenes and locations. Hitch uses the camera lens to great effect when he shot some scenes with a huge telephoto lens from a great distance away, which really does imply the vastness of the country, and the mammoth task our lead "hero" is up against.
The famous Hitchcock humour is very evident,when the circus freakshow have their screen debut. There are two Siamese twins that are not talking to each other; the curlers that are seen in the bearded lady's beard when she turns in for the night.
Another recurring theme in Hitchs films is the grand climax in a public place, this time Radio City music hall,and at the Statue of Liberty, where the finale is held.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Exciting wartime propaganda, a typically polished thriller that now looks like a dry run for the later masterpiece NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959). A chase thriller across America with the familar Hitchcockian theme of the innocent man framed by circumstantial evidence, who has to evade pursuers (Nazis keen to conceal their dastardly espionage plans) and police alike, whilst fighting to clear his name.
Amongst several memorable and beautifully staged set-pieces, the lavish charity ball sequence, a bizare encounter with a troupe of circus freaks (a nod to TOD BROWNING's marvellous 1932 film FREAKS?), and the famous suspense-filled finale atop the Statue of Liberty, stand out. Terrifically entertaining Hitchcock film!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's 39 steps 21 Mar 2010
This was Hitch's remake of the 39 steps for an american market. Everyman hero on the run for murder he didn't commit. Beautiful blonde (who inevitable gets handcuffed to our hero) A shadowy secret society (the bruderbund)menacing the free world. Hitch was perfecting the chase movie for many years after this, with "episodes" creating drama, comedy and tension along the way, the blind Uncle, the circus performers, the blundering meeting with Mr big around the swimming pool, why fix it if it ain't broke? And of course the finale is magic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is Frank Fry? 22 Nov 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
It is 1942; we are in the height of war. Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) and his best buddy are putting out a mysterious fire. They are assisted by a stranger Frank Fry (Norman Lloyd). When it turns out to be sabotage, naturally the authorities have to accuse Barry. Barry’s only chance of survival is to follow clues across the country to find fry. On his travels he gets teemed up with Patricia Martin (Priscilla Lane) who wants to do her patriotic duty and turn Barry in to the authorities. You can not tell the good guys from the bad guys until it is too late.
Can Barry convince Pat that he is innocent?
Can they ever find Fry?
Even if they do find Fry will the authorities ever believe that Barry is innocent?
Be prepared for a lot of long winded speeches from both sides they do not add or subtract form the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Box of Magic 31 Oct 2004
Having never watched half the films before in this collection I was very happy that I have now discovered them. Each film boasts a great documentary on the man and the making of the film that is presented by hitchcock's daughter.
One of my favourite's from the collection was the humourous 'The trouble with Harry.' This film didn't do all that well in the US on it's release but was a rave across Europe. The story focuses on a dead body 'Harry' and the trials and tribulations of the village folk trying to cover up his death from the authorities...doesn't sound like a riot but IT IS. The cast is great, and is Shirley MacLaine's debut film. In the collection we have the classics, Rear Window, The Man who knew too much etc.... and there is a bonus disk 'Pyscho.'
I only hoped that Vertigo was in this collection.... but there's Hitchcock box set 2 . Buy this box set, it's worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitch a ride on this journeyman thriller 21 Jun 2012
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Hitch is a favorite of mine; he's made the same film more than once, changing bits here and there. This contains so many similar elements with The 39 Steps and North by North West I recon he just changed a handful of words in the script and hey presto its another movie! John Carpenter has done the same and I lap it up every time. Saboteur's hero, Kane, is definitely blue collar; he's poles apart from either Hannay or Roger Thornhill and more accessible to this viewer because of it. After being accused of sabotage at the airplane plant where he works he becomes a hunted man and sets off across country after the real culprits. He picks up Priscilla Lane along the way, at first she tries to hinder his efforts, believing him to be guilty, but when the plotters are exposed she realises her misjudgment and resolves to help Kane. These plotters, as far as I can make out, are a collection of upper class Nazi sympathisers hell bent on ruining the war effort. Kane's dogged pursuit of them sees him use deception and escape and evasion but he's more everyman than superman which is better because we do get a sense of peril from the situations he's put in. The film is full of great Hitchcock moments and the Statue of Liberty ending is a classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good Bw film.
Published 13 days ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by Mike darlington
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly watchable
rather a dated film now; the plot is not clear, the long-range objectives of the saboteurs far from clear
reasonably well acted
Published 5 months ago by Mrs H S Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Classic.
A good story. Classic Hitch. Don't know too much about the making, but one of Hitchcocks first and some of the storyline was a little disjointed, but still a good insite into the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Azworld
4.0 out of 5 stars un clear
a wonderfull entertaining film.
I never liked Cummings,but in this he is very beleivable,unlike his other roles.
Look out for a much better copy than this.
Published 13 months ago by flibity
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything Hitchcock
is a treasure,and this is no exception.
To see this fine set I feel gets you somewhat closer to understanding him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by flibity
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Hitchcock fans
Arrived promptly. Well packaged. I have not watched them all yet, but they seem fine from a quick check. Many thanks.
Published 19 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars More High Jinks From The Master
This 1942 film from master director Alfred Hitchcock is another rollercoaster ride for the audience and probably fits more appropriately into his 'adventure yarn' set of films,... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing film from early in Hitchcock's American period; very entertaining and an intelligent example of the then-emerging genre of Hollywood... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by S. M. Lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Need I remind you that you are the fugitive from justice, not I.
Originally conceived pre-Pearl Harbour, Saboteur would have been a decidedly different film if shot in the manner which it was originally intended. Read more
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