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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Psychological Thriller
"Marnie" is one of Hitchcock's darker films that features themes like kleptomania, compulsive lying, female frigidity , dark family secrets and childhood trauma. Phew ! As you can tell , it is not a barrel of laughs, but it is well acted and the plot is developed well. "Marnie" is part romance, part mystery and part thriller and deals with the relationship between a rich,...
Published on 4 May 2006 by L. Davidson

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2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Pan-and-scan version of widescreen film
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...
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by Kenneth F. Mcara


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Pan-and-scan version of widescreen film, 13 Mar 2009
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Kenneth F. Mcara "Kenneth F. McAra" (Dundee, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Universal's done it again!, 11 Sep 2013
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This is a truly weak transfer which has already been issued as part of the Hitchcock blu ray set and now comes out as a single disc. As it's one of my favourite movies I really could not believe the low quality they have achieved. Along side "Family Plot" (which was DNR'd out of it's mind to produce living waxwoks) it is by far the most shoddy disc in the set and I'm sure it's what they are going to release now too. The colour is not good and the black levels are disappointing. Although the definition is fair the grain swarms around like angry bees and is a constant distraction particularly on very large screens or video projection. My SD DVD copy is infinitely better on all counts and I really cannot understand what Universal is up to! Just check out their transfer of "Citizen Kane" ( as against the excellent Warner version) and their recent "remastered" version of "Cats" to see just how poor this major company can be. I'd stick with your DVD version if I were you! Even on big screen video projection it screens far better than this mess and my views are echoed by all the major blu ray reviewers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Psychological Thriller, 4 May 2006
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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"Marnie" is one of Hitchcock's darker films that features themes like kleptomania, compulsive lying, female frigidity , dark family secrets and childhood trauma. Phew ! As you can tell , it is not a barrel of laughs, but it is well acted and the plot is developed well. "Marnie" is part romance, part mystery and part thriller and deals with the relationship between a rich, eccentric ,slightly maverick businessman (Sean Connery) and the beautiful, but psychologically disturbed Marnie (Tippi Hedren). Connery tries unsuccessfully to get behind Marnie's icy protective shell,only penetrating it and uncovering the mystery behind her traumatised condition in a dramatic denouement at the home of one of her relatives. "Marnie" makes for uncomfortable viewing at times and is ,perhaps, the last really good film that Hitchcock made.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An impotant movie that deserves a better transfer, 11 Nov 2001
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Perhaps the last of the great Hitchcock movies, Marnie is a flawed masterpiece. Tippi Hedren plays Marnie with the intelligence of an accomplished criminal and the vulnerability of frightened young girl. Sean Connery is also convincing in the unlikely role of the rich and very eligible Mark Rutland who is obsessed with saving Marnie from her fractured life. The script by Jay Presson Allen provides some brilliant highpoints in a plot that traces common Hitchcock themes of childhood trauma and an overbearing mother. Hitchcock's direction, however, varies from the sublime to the ridiculous. Brilliant compositions and set pieces, such as the robbery scene, Rutland's office and the final climax, are held together by some truly awful studio fabrications. This was to be the last time Hitchcock would work with many of his oldest allies, including his director of photography Robert Burks, his editor George Tomasini and composer Bernard Herman. As such, it really does represent the end of an era.
It's a great shame that such an important film has been so poorly transferred onto this region 2 disc. An aspect ratio of 1.33:1 might be great for those wanting to fill their TV screens, but it seriously detracts from many compositions. The picture quality is also very grainy and often noticeably blurred. I've heard that the region 1 version is better, so that might be a worthwhile consideration for those with region free machines. Otherwise, I would wait until the studio finally gives this film the treatment it deserves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See, 2 Dec 2001
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Nearly all Alfred Hitchcock films feature a great deal of suspence and high drama and the master director always goes into great detail with each scene in his movies. Marnie has all of this and plus an added ingredient of emotionalism and romance.
Marnie is quite slow to start with, but quickly builds up to many gripping scenes. Tippi Hedren plays the confused theif Marnie and it is the great Sean Connery who steps in as the wealthy businessman to help her overcome her problems and also, get to the bottom of her theiving ways. Sean Connery was currently in 1964 considered as 'hot property' in the film industry for his role as James Bond, and in Marnie his 007 character is still there in the background for all to see. Connery's performance is simply excellent and it is hard to imagine any other actor playing this part. Tippi Hedren of course, being the leading star, performs excellently and manages her role with great imagination.
Overall, Hitchcock does it again; keeps us gripped to the edge of our seats and manages easily to make the most out of each scene. Marnie overall, is a great must-see movie with great performances from both Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock., 16 April 2006
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Another outstanding film from the Master starring Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren. We follow a beautiful woman (Hedren) who applies for jobs, works her way into her employer's confidence and then robs them when the opportunity arises. Until, that is, she encounters Sean Connery - who is convinced that marrying her will cure her of her kleptomania. The heavy-handed Freudian themes make this film seem quite dated, but the performances, writing and direction are utterly superb and make the film genuinely gripping from beginning to end. It's also great to see Sean Connery show what he can do with a more substantial part.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcocks last great picture, 2 Oct 2003
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Marnie is a misunderstood masterpiece from the Hitchcock. Often cited as an example of a messy, flawed genius - it can be off putting to some since its quite talky. However stick with it and you will be intrigued and itching to discover all about Marnie (contrary to what most say, played with understated brilliance from Tippi Hedren).
The direction and cinematography is exceptional with Hitchcock and his usual crew i.e. Rob Burks etc on form. The atmosphere generated (apart from being 'Hitchcocky') is unique, dark, gloomy and at times akin to a horror film, yet it is utterly appealing and compelling. Theres an almost creepy, artificial humanless feel to proceedings as a result of the direction and how the actors have been directed to act as is briefly highlighted by a Hitchcock scholar in the documentary on the disk. Hitchcock knows the art of cinema, no flashy fast cuts or fast moving camera's as we see nowadays, but measured, inspired direction laced with flourishes of creative genius (thats Hithcock for you). Atmosphere, emotion is built up like poetry. Witness for example some moments of genius such as the final revelation, in what is one of Hitchcocks most underrated, powerful and shocking pieces of direction; the riding sequence which culminates in Marnies fantastic yet disturbing line of dialogue, " there there....", and also sinister momnets such as when Marnies mother wakes here from her nightmare- her voice disturbingly artificial in its lack of emotion and empathy for a clearly distraught Marnie.
Speaking of the mother, Louise Latham -the actress behind the role effortlessly steals the show from an already superb Hedren and Connery. Latham eleicits an absolutely breathtaking performance. Her character is frighteningly creepy, tragic, powerful and marvellously played to keep up the suspense and intrigue. You don't know what to make of the character except of the fact she knows or has played a part in Marnies psychological condition. In fact I would go as far as to say it is one of the greatest performances in a Hitchcock picture - an example of genius casting. Similarly her character is arguably the greatest 'mother' character in any Hitchcock film beating Pyscho and Notorious' madame Sebastion.
Marnie is a truly great picture and definetly Hitchcocks last great although Frenzy is a nice enough distraction. Not as good as Vertigo or Rear Window but certainly up there in the higher echelons of Hitchcocks work.
The DVD is exceptional - pretty much a carbon copy of the region 1 copy except for one flaw: aspect ratio. The films has been cropped for 4:3 which is disappointing since its US counterpart is framed correctly at 1:85:1. The picture quality is pleasing though, but hasn't been remastered. The DVD does contain the documentary: 'The Trouble with MArnie' which goes some way to make up for the disappointment. Even with this flaw its a worthwile purchase since this film was only re-released a few months back hence we probably won't get a properly framed version for the foreseeable future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does anybody know how to turn off the music?, 5 Feb 2013
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Of course an action music was an absolute "must" at the time. Yet... by George - does anybody know how to turn this excessively loud and intrusive stuff off. The movie would only only benefit from that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Freudian Adventure, 2 Feb 2013
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Marnie is typically Hitchcockian, in that is full of suspense and female angst, yet is is also a film that would stand up to a psychoanalytic assessment, since the acting out and unconsciously driven behaviours are embedded in trauma from the past, involving the female lead and her mother. Since mother's shame prevents her from releasing her (now grown up daughter) from the repetition-compulsive element of her daughter's behaviour, her daughter is in thrall to her mother. Her trauma has locked her into a need to make up to her mother, for the loss of active use of one of her legs, by attempting to provide for her in a financial way, which is way beyond her capacity. As such, she engages in deception and theft at companies she works for, in an unconsciously driven way. This is confirmed, most markedly when, having married a rich man, she remains in thrall to the compulsion to steal
Of course, since this is Hitchcock, there is a handsome man there to release her from her trauma. In this case, it is the hugely attractive (at the time) Sean Connery. He and Tippi Hedren make a credible pair. Indeed, all characters are locked into a kind of obsessiveness. How interesting that now we know that the biggest obsessive was Hitchcock himself.
Yet Hitchcock as a great film maker. The film grips throughout and confirms to me as strongly as ever, that Freud was a genius.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Hitch at his best., 25 Jan 2013
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Marnie featured a fairly predictable story line. It was clear from the start that she had suffered a severe trauma in childhood. The production and editing were somewhat stilted. After each scene the screen faded to black so that I was frequently expecting a commercial break. The music was good by Bernard Herrmann, reminiscent of the score for Vertigo by the same musical director. The acting was competent. It was moderately entertaining but in my view not Hitchcock at his best.
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