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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Ethel Barrymore
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: David O. Selznick, Alma Reville, Ben Hecht, James Bridie, Robert Hichens
  • Producers: David O. Selznick
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YN61
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

The Paradine Case has been restored from the original negative and has also been digitally re-mastered for optimum picture and sound quality.

Film Extras:
Moving Menus and Chapter Points
Cast Biographies, Quotes and Trivia
Film Trivia, Awards and Taglines
Photo Gallery

Hitchcock Extras:
A Conversation with Hitchcock
An interview with Kim Newman
The Real Me (The Thin One)
Extracts from Francois Truffaut's Book "Hitchcock"
Biography, Quotes and Trivia

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This minor 1948 film by Alfred Hitchcock beats a familiar Hitchcockian drum: an attorney (Gregory Peck), in love with the client (Alida Valli) he is defending on a murder charge, implicates himself in her guilt by trying to put the blame on another man. The no-one-is-innocent theme may be consistent with Hitchcock's best films and world view, but this is one of the movies that got away from his crucial passion for the plastic side of creative directing. Stuck in a courtroom for much of the story, the film is fit to burst with possibility but is pinned down like a freshly caught butterfly in someone's airless collection. --Tom Keogh

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By sherman31 on 21 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
it may not be one of Hitchcock's greatest but a must have for your collection none the less. this is worth watching for Charles Laughton portrayal of the Judge and we get to see Gregory Peck really get to stretch his acting chops. the casting is perfect for this picture. the story revolves around Mrs Paradine and her arrest for the murder of her husband. Gregory Peck is the hot shot lawyer defending her and he soon becomes infatuated with her to the extent that it almost destroys his family and career. to say any more would be to give too much of the story away. it may not have many of the usual Hitchcock flourishes but is a very enjoyable courtroom film
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2010
Format: VHS Tape
The movie is very proud to be a David O. Selznick film and displays it proudly at the beginning.

This is one of those movies where you go "yeah yeah" I saw before. You are probably thinking of Richard Attenborough's " Trial and Error" (1962) or Billy Wilder's "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957). Much of this film is predictable and then again maybe not. Remember this is a 1947 film.

Rich old blind Mr. Paradine, of whom we never met, is found dead; is it suicide or is it murder? Soon Mrs. Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is accused of having motive and opportunity.

Assigned to defend Maddalena is Anthony Keane, Counsel for the Defense (Gregory Peck). Even with Mrs. Paradine's wild past and alluring continence, Anthony, a happily married man, is sure threat the butler (o.k. the valet) did it. We the viewers also want to help him, as it is obvious if it was not the Andre Latour, Paradine's Valet (a very young Louis Jourdan) than you know who will hang. Not only that but we find the valet to be quite devious.

A plus that gives this film added character is Charles Laughton as Judge Lord Thomas Horfield.

Trial and Error (aka The Dock Brief)
Witness For the Prosecution
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Maybe it's not Hitch's best (neither his most famous) film, but it is a good work and quite different from his movies of the same period. In his interview by Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock said it was a tale of moral degradation: a woman falling in love for a rude stable-boy, and becoming a criminal. Too bad that Louis Jourdan isn't as sleazy as he should have been for the role of the stable-boy... Anyway, Alida Valli is ambiguous and fascinating, and Laughton menacing and funny as usual. As a whole, a morally intriguing and low key Hitch film. Recommended to his fans.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stickinsect on 4 Nov. 2009
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The Paradine Case is generally regarded as one of Hitchcock's lesser efforts, however most Hitchcock is still good Hitchcock.

This DVD presentation from Prism Leisure has a faultless restored image and clear sound, as well as some extra features. Unfortunately the extras are mediocre and most are not specific to the film, other than a few stills in the Photo Gallery. I found it difficult to sit through the Kim Newman interview. The presenter has a good knowledge of Hitchcock but his peculiar appearance and rapid fire delivery were off putting. For those wanting only the movie, this DVD will be more than adequate.

A much better DVD edition is available in R1, released in 2008 in a joint effort by MGM and 20th Century Fox. The image and sound are of an equally high standard, and it comes better equipped with extra features tailored to the film. These include a commentary by Hitchcock scholars Stephen Rebello and Bill Krohn, original theatrical trailer, Hitchcock audio interview with Peter Bogdanovich, 1949 Radio Play starring Joseph Cotton, isolated music and effects track, still galleries and English subtitles. These extras contribute greatly to the understanding and appreciation of the film, making the R1 edition the better choice.

Film 6/10, R2 DVD Edition 3/10, R1 DVD Edition 9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Oh Gawd, this is grim. Ponderously paced for the most part with Valli doing a reprise of her Third Man character without its aptness as a stoical visage surrounded by a crackingly active cast, bravura camera and crackling script. Gregory Peck and Ann Todd I'm afraid rather woodenly intone some really dull and psychologically unconvincing speeches, it is only relieved at times by the easy class of Laughton's grisly old lecherous brute of a judge and his courtroom reprimands. Other than that, it strikes me as the least of Hitchcock's 40s films I have seen. In fact you would have no idea it was a Hitchcock film without the cameo, the name on the titles and one or two gliding cameras and reaction shots in the courtroom, but really they could have been by anybody and if they were, I reckon it would never have been on dvd.
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The Paradine Case (1947) stands as a rare Hitchcock courtroom drama. It is one of the Hitch-Selznick films, where Selznick also wrote the script. A beautiful woman Maddalena Anna Paradine (played by Alida Valli) stands accused of murdering her wealthy, blind husband. She enlists the aid of renowned lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck). As they prepare her defense, the chemistry between the two begins to heat up. And as his emotions for Mrs. Paradine grow stronger, Keane grows more convinced of her innocence. The case will be a difficult one, however, as the judge (Charles Laughton, again) is no friend of Keane's; the queen's prosecutor, played by the excellent Leo G. Carroll, is a serious foe; and only an inspired defense will have any chance of clearing Mrs. Paradine. Only after a series of stunning upsets does Keane realize that, for the first time in his career, he has allowed his heart to rule his head. In a typically perverse Hitchcockian development, the film's most unpleasant character (as usual), an autocratic, vindictive judge played by Laughton, is one of the few who can see through Anna's facade.Small fortune was invested to construct an exact replica of the Old Bailey courtroom for the court scenes.

Peck is one of my all-time favourites. I regard him as one of the very greatest but his American accent sometimes seemed odd, misfit in the Old Bailey courtroom. Yet Peck is still a great actor, and I LOVE court room dramas.

The film was a box-office disappointment, spelling the end of the always-rocky association between Hitch and the mighty Selznick. Hitch wanted Greta Garbo to play Anna Paradine, and indeed a screen test was filmed, but Garbo ultimately declined. Hitch also wanted to cast Laurence Olivier or Ronald Colman as Anthony Keane, but Selznick asserted his power as studio head to insist that Hitchcock use them.
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