Topaz 1969

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The best-selling spy novel bursts onto the screen, starring John Forsythe and Frederick Stafford, in this riveting escapade of international intrigue, espionage, betrayal and murder.

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2 hours 22 minutes

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Topaz

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Genres Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This expensive and long spy thriller was much better than I was led to imagine. Despite some rather "clunky" acting from several actors whose first language clearly wasn't English, the plot is fascinating and I never lost interest. Some remarkable Hitchcockian set pieces pepper this piece and the Master ensures a fast paced and intriguing plot. With virtually nothing in common with his other films "Topaz" is admittedly a novelty and it certainly won't appeal to everyone - but this splendid blu ray transfer will at least let you see the film in the best format available. The fact there are three alternative endings ( available on the disc too) does indicate a production process alien to that undertaken by the normally very "economical" Hitch who planned his projects with meticulous care and virtually never strayed from the detailed storyboards he had created. Not one of these endings totally work but the one chosen for this new restoration is probably the best - although it is undoubtedly a little awkward too. Still the film is certainly worth a viewing by fans as it does provide an interesting new perspective on the Master's output. Extras are interesting and give some further insights into, what is unfairly regarded as, Hitchcock's worse film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
Topaz is widely regarded as one of Hitchcock's worst films, but while certainly problematic there's still a lot to admire in this spy thriller set against the Cuban missile crisis. Unfortunately, rather than the original theatrical version (to date only released on laserdisc in the 90s), the version on video and this DVD is of a longer preview version before the film was trimmed down to size. For the most part the `additions' are fairly minor - the Russian defector being coerced to give information, a party scene, possibly a longer version of a scene between Frederick Stafford and Dany Robin - although the only one that makes a real difference is the addition of the best of the three alternate endings (of one character wryly waving goodbye at the airport having got away with it). Unfortunately, aside from drawing matters out even more, it still has the same structural problems as before: the plot is all over the place, and the film is really over once it leaves Cuba, seeming to spend an inordinate amount of time tying up loose ends although in reality introducing a new plot that should have been there from the very beginning. And there's a lot of Hitchcock's technical laziness - Frederick Stafford doesn't convince in his last, poorly staged scenes, and Hitchcock doesn't help him, while the photograph on his desk is shoddy enough to be a kindergarten cut-and-paste for show-and-tell. Yet it's still an intriguing film despite its flaws, with a few strikingly memorable scenes, especially those played without dialogue - watching the New York hotel from the florist's shop, the dead woman's dress unfolding like the petals of a flower as she falls to the ground, the grim almost-silent tableaux where a torture victim whispers a name.Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
For resons best known to themselves, Universal UK have issued most of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960s/1970s films (The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy) in pan-and-scan 1.33:1 ratio, although these films were originally shown in widescreen (1.85:1).

This is available via Region 1 imported discs - if your DVD player is multi-region - but surely the UK deserves a better service than this!

Come on, Universal UK - give us the same remastered widescreen versions that are available for the US market!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frankie on 26 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
one of Hitchcock's finest...well aren't they all.... I have started to collect all of his films and so far have not been disappointed with any of the them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rusi Mahudawala on 1 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Topaz, one of the later Alfred Hitchcock movies, was at the time of release, considered one of his lesser attempts, mainly because it did not have any big names in it's star cast. Being an avid fan of Leon Uris, I had read all his books during my student days and I looked forward to see this movie. Living in India, my country enjoyed a rapport with the Soviet Union and I was surprised that the movie passed through the Censor's fingers without it been censored or even banned, because it contains an anti-Russian element of a Soviet Officer deflecting to the USA and the Soviet's role in the Bay Of Pigs.

Anyway, I still found the movie enjoyable when I revisited it on my blu ray player - it had all the elements of Hitchkokian suspense. The picture was sharp and crisp and the sound excellent. I recommend this movie strongly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilberfalse on 8 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
It would appear that most, if not all, Hitchcock's devotees have little to admire in this work. Some complain of plodding and poor acting, and so on. I disagree. All this (and I omit most of it!) may explain why I have difficulty with the Hitchcock oeuvre overall. For me "Topaz" at least attempts to deal with real people within a synthetic world (the world of espionage).

Forget for a moment the intransigencies of the much-vaunted "Vertigo" and concentrate instead on the opening shots in the film under discussion. The display of "red" military might should be enough to chill the spine of any thinking, caring individual. Hitchcock is to be thanked for that.

The film juxtaposes the human conditions of power (violence) and tenderness that make for the aphorism "life is the medium in which love making and conflict effectively cancel one another out".

Yes, there are a number of implausible patches - would the episode within Cuba itself have been effected with such naivety, for example?

And the ending, like the beginning, is for me quite satisfactory tinged, as it is, with a sense of irony and humour as the high ranking French double agent boards a plane for "sanctuary" in the USSR.

I lived through the Cuban Missile crisis as a young man - perhaps this helps me identify with this film?
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