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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Expedient Exaggeration..." - North By Northwest on BLU RAY And Which Issue To Buy?
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU RAY REISSUES ***

As you watch the credits of Hitch's 1959 masterpiece "North By Northwest" roll up on the screen in all their resplendent VistaVision Technicolor glory - the shiny, cold and aloof glass panelling of a New York skyscraper acts as their backdrop.

It's a brilliant touch - because combined with Bernard...
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by Mark Barry

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely entranced with the quality of this Blu-ray
[This review is for the Blu-ray + Ultraviolet version released by Warner 2013]

I won't bother with commenting on the merits of the film itself - as already attested by other reviewers, it is an excellent Hitchcock film for the period, originally shot on 70mm emulsion, and with a memorable musical score.

Also, we are dealing with a film produced in...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic breathtaking blu ray, 21 Dec 2009
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L. bate (birminghanm) - See all my reviews
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the film is a classic but the restoration to blu ray is stunning
i have watched the film many times but was stunned by the quality
to the point you can actually read the time on eva marie saint's
watch in the classic seduction scene on the train this is what
blu ray was invented for breathtaking
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blu Ribband treatment, 1 Jan 2010
Many Blu-ray releases are slipshod, lazy affairs designed to cash in on great films. But when the big studios make a concerted effort to get it right, pull out all the stops, and go to town on making the best high definition transfers possible, then Blu-ray shines: "North By Northwest" is one of those examples (another recent release, "Gone With The Wind", is another fantastic example). The fantastic full-screen transfer offers a spotless print, with wonderfully intense blacks and rich and vivid colour.

In many ways "North By Northwest" needs no introduction. It is quintessential Hitchcock: the ever suave Cary Grant is pursued by sinister and yet urbane James Mason and hooks up with Eve Marie Saint in a slickly paced thriller with brilliant set-pieces in a cornfield and atop Mount Rushmore. It's possibly Hitchcock's best film (although critics would have you believe that's "Vertigo"), and in any case deserves the blu ribband treatment. This is one of the few really great older films to be on Blu-ray, and although not overflowing with extra content, you need to own it if you have a Blu-ray player. It's that simple.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. Simply outstanding., 20 Mar 2002
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Tim R. Haveron Jones "TimHJ" (Marlow, UK) - See all my reviews
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Anyone who thinks that the DVD format is only any good for new releases with eye-popping effects should buy this - an excellent DVD treatment of one of the most entertaining movies of all time.
It may be over forty years old, but it certainly doesn't look it - from the gorgeous opening titles through to the climax of the movie, this is a sumptuous transfer.
The extras - including a whimsical Ernest Lehman commentary - are above average among classic Hollywood movies.
All in all, I would challenge anyone to find a better value DVD anywhere. A must-have for anyone with the remotest interest in movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers ever made, 19 April 2005
It is difficult to speak of North by Northwest without lapsing into the sort of superlatives that inevitably render critical throught and writing difficult. To begin with the cast: a young Martin Landau, feline and sinister, the tough and intelligent performance of Eva Marie Saint, the almost hypnotic intensity of James Mason and, above all, the charming, vulnerable, exciting and, very very funny, Cary Grant in perhaps his best performance. Has there ever been a better cast, delivering a better set of generous and unselfconscious performances? Its tough to think of a better example. And there's the taut and funny script of Lehmann and Hitchcock's direction which is not only interesting but time and time again genuinely arresting (think of the sudden overhead shot of Grant fleeing the UN building like a mouse in a maze). I would say, "superlatives aside", but how does one put superlative aside when one thinks of such a film? Certainly not in 1000 words or less! Just trust me on this one and rent it, will you? I have to get back to work and I want to do it knowing that I've made you happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Escape to the Past, 4 Mar 2010
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The restoration of this film on Blue Ray is really quite good and brought the whole thing to life. The colours are vivid which brings out details one might otherwise miss. I particularly liked the way the old gas-guzzling American cars of the 50's and 60's were revived. It was good to watch it just for those litte snippets! But it is an old film so don't expect miracles although it does come close to that!!! But some things in the film do stretch the imagination. For example why would anyone on the run from the authorities continually dress in clothes which make him stand out from everybody else? There's a point in the film where Cary Grant is walking through an airport lounge trying not to be seen while dressed in a well-cut, dark suit when everyone else is in casuals!! To make it even more impossible he then puts on a pair of dark glasses! The whole scene seems to be saying: "Guess who? Look, I'm over here!" Ahh! such an innocent age lost forever! So watch it with tongue in cheek. At least there's no swearing or other unmentionables in it. Pure escapism. And a good buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, if a little too pleased with itself, 14 Jun 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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While North by Northwest still doesn't rank among my favorite Hitchcocks, it's a lot more fun than I recalled. It's little more than a rerun of past glories, in particular The 39 Steps with a touch of The Saboteur thrown in for good measure, but it's more in the execution than the inspiration that it shines even if it plays a lot funnier on the big screen than the small one. Cary Grant and Jessie Royce Landis are a fine double-act thanks to Ernest Lehmann's witty script (knocked out while he and Hitchcock were supposed to be adapting The Wreck of the Mary Deare), but the show belongs to Mason's wonderfully dry villain and his creepy queen sidekick Martin Landau (when asked for proof of his suspicions of Eve Marie Saint, he replies "Call it my woman's intuition"!). Bernard Herrmann's glorious fandango of death is also rather wonderful.

Warners' DVD comes with a good widescreen transfer and a fine selection of extras - audio commentary by Ernest Lehman, 39-minute documentary, isolated score, stills gallery, TV spot and theatrical trailer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an advertising man, not a red herring, 10 Mar 2008
The sheer magic of this film is down to Cary Grant at his most suave and handsome, quite something for a man of 54. Hitchcock kept him in the dark about the plot even as they filmed so his reactions remained spontaneous, but perhaps also because the writers were still scratching their heads over an ending.
JFK would ring Grant just to hear his unique voice and the audience visits NNW again and again to do the same, outclassing as it does even the silken tone of James Mason.
The plot of course is ludicrous: why would they take over a UN official's house when he was away? Why would Van Damm question the Rapid City hotel booking, when that information can only have come from him? How come the security services were not spotted planting Kaplan's clothes in his room?
To offset this there are the one-liners: Games, Mr Kaplan, must we?/What does the O stand for? - Nothing/I'm not letting you out of my sight, sweetheart and so on.
All in all a film right up there with The Third Man and Sound of Music at the top of people's `best-ever' lists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Blu-ray Edition Lets Picure Shine, 21 Feb 2010
This is one of the all-time great movies which now looks as stunning as its creators intended thanks to Blu-ray. There was love lavished on every frame during the filming (production design and cinematography are top notch) and now you can see it zing out of your TV. If you need a reason to re-watch this movie, this Blu-ray edition is it. Comes with very good extras, including 90min documentary on enigmatic life of Cary Grant.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 3 Nov 2002
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Wicker-king (North London, England) - See all my reviews
There's not much that needs to be said about this film other than it is just an absolutely flawless piece of film-making.
The tension coils all the way through and the pace of the film never lets up but the true greatness of the film lies in the stellar performances given by Hitchcocks' actors with a Howard Hawks-like script. James Mason gives a great performance as the professional villain and steers well clear of the Hooded Claw-like criminal who twiddles his moustache and instead gives a subtle lesson in how to be ruthless.
At the foundation of the movie is the truly magnetic performances given by Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. The chemistry between the two is unlike any performances from any other movie. They give off so much heat that its a wonder they managed to film them and not have the celluloid melt in the camera. Cary Grant in particular plays the role of the man mistaken for a spy with great conviction and just draws you in like a moth to a candle and you just can't imagine anyone else being able to pull this role off with such credibility.
There are so many now legendary scenes throughout including the infamous crop duster scene and the final showdown on Mount Rushmore but for me the one in the auction house is an absolute treat and when you see it you'll know why, as Cary Grant does the kind of things only he could do.
It disturbs me how some people won't watch a movie unless its less than five years old because they are depriving themselves of the kind of entertainment that only films like this can give. No matter how many Bruce Willis or Arnold schwarzenegger action movies get produced they will never touch this movie, its got thrills, spills, chemistry, great one liners and some of the finest action sequences ever concocted. Buy it, watch it and tell your friends about it. Its even in colour.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So enjoyable, 29 Sep 2006
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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You know from the moment you see Saul Bass's marvellous opening credit sequence that this is going to be a great movie. Add Bernard Herman's classic music score and you are immediately on a great rollercoaster of a film.

Hitchcock gets his cameo role out of the way early then Cary Grant enters. At the time he was 55, but no-one ever look better at this age than Grant. Of course he is mistaken for somebody else and the film lifts off. James Mason, Eva Marie Saint and many others play great supporting roles. There are many famous sequences, the crop spraying, the fight on Mount Rushmore its all very well done, cleverly written and directed with Hitchcocks usual style and wit.

This was the first film I ever saw on DVD and I was amazed by the quality of the film. The film dates from 1959 but doesn't show it.

The extras are very good on this disc. There is full commentary by the screenwriter Ernest Lehman and a 39min documentary. In truth you could watch the film without the commentary, then with the commentary and then watch the documentary and start all over again.
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