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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Bu Ray!
A splendid transfer of a tight little Hitchcock-like thriller which still works well. The town of Niagara is as much a "character" as the rest of the cast in Henry Hathaway's impressively directed tale of betrayal and revenge. Joseph Cotton gives a typically first rate performance as a husband more sinned against than sinning while Monroe - all tight dresses, scarlet lips...
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Very dated and turgid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Bu Ray!, 2 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953] (Blu-ray)
A splendid transfer of a tight little Hitchcock-like thriller which still works well. The town of Niagara is as much a "character" as the rest of the cast in Henry Hathaway's impressively directed tale of betrayal and revenge. Joseph Cotton gives a typically first rate performance as a husband more sinned against than sinning while Monroe - all tight dresses, scarlet lips and pouting looks - is sensational, iconic (and in terms of the 21st Century faintly ludicrous) as the embodiment of female treachery and sensuality. It's a great little movie, filled with nice details and the "travelogue" element is fascinating too. The blu ray transfer is outstanding - great contrast - eye popping colours - terrific detail - and the audio is even more impressive with the 5.1 immersive dub than the previous DVD too. Because the original poster had Marilyn stretched out over the falls ( "two forces of nature") one almost expects CinemaScope - but no - the film was shot in a 4x3 Academy ratio which had thankfully been retained for this transfer. Still it all looks very spectacular and on big screen video projection rather thrilling as the FX and blu-screen work are surprisingly good for 1954. The only extra is however the black and white trailer for the film - and this omission is a little disappointing as more extras would have been gratefully received. The film itself is definitely a treat for a wet Sunday afternoon though and this edition is highly recommended!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'classic', 19 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: Niagara [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
`Niagara' was the movie that brought Marilyn Monroe to the publics full attention. As always her performance radiates and she plays the shift from seductive murderess to frightened victim wonderfully. Jean Peters, though slightly overshadowed by Marilyn, also provides a believable performance and a role that's easier for the audience to relate to. We spend much of the movie looking at the situation through her characters eyes, an interesting alternative to pursuing the story solely through the eyes of George or Rose Loomis.
The story itself has aged very well and remains cliché free, even today though it could have been improved by fleshing out Cottons character. At times it can be unclear what the script is insinuating about his character and I would have preferred more time spent exploring the relationship between Rose and her husband.
However its refreshing to find a movie from this era where all the characters didn't have a happy story book ending.
`Niagara' is an engaging movie and special mention goes out to the shredded wheat jokes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl can act, too!, 13 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: Niagara [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Now we all know Marilyn Monroe looks absolutely stunning on screen. This movie, one of her earlier works, proves she can act as well. In this, she plays a woman who plots with her lover to bump off her husband, only to get a shock when the murder doesn't work out as planned. You can view this movie any way you wish - either gaze longingly at Marilyn all film, enjoy the sparkling backdrop of Niagara falls, or sit on the edge of your seat at the suspense and intrigue of the thrilling script. I would recommend doing all three, and enjoy a thoroughly great film.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Symbolic Drama, 22 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Niagara [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
This film is a wonderful chance for the four main leads to show their considerable talents. From the title and the opening scene it is obvious that Niagara Falls will dominate this picture, but even more important are two more symbols: bars and bells. When George Loomis (Joseph Cotten) returns to the holiday cabin, it is dark and gloomy. The scene then switches to the interior of the chalet. On hearing George`s key in the lock, Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) pretends to be asleep. The pair of them occupy seperate beds, and when George lies down, the slats from the venetian blinds cast shadows which resemble prison bars across his face and body, thus emphasising the trap in which these two people find themselves; this point is further reinforced when Rose, seeing George has closed his eyes, turns away from him in contempt.

The scene which introduces Mr and Mrs Cutler (played by Jean Peters and Casey Adams) shows the contrast between this happy couple and George and Rose; not only in character but physically:i.e. the blonde (Rose) and the brunette (Polly). The movie also contains interesting parallels; the shots of Niagara Falls followed by Rose in the shower, plus the sound of the bell-tower contrasted with the tinkling bracelet worn by Rose. Another significent detail is how George Loomis, in building his tiny model cars is trying to hold himself together and exercise some control over his disturbed mental state. The use of music is very well handled with the tune "Kiss" played with variations throughout the film.

When Rose returns to the holiday site having plotted the murder of her husband, the moment in which she closes the window blinds plunges the room into darkness with the slats becoming even more vivid, symbolising the moment of murder, helped once more by the crashing chord in the music. I feel that the film-makers made a slight mistake in revealing George`s identity too soon; it might have been better to hold this back until we see his face, as Polly does, and it becomes as big a shock to the viewer as to her.

The murder of Rose is perhaps the highlight of the film. Notice how George stubs his cigarette under his heel, to signify that he intends to eliminate his wife. The pursuit in the bell-tower shows Rose`s desperation and hopeless position, again, aided by the increasing harshness of the music. As she rushes upstairs, the staircase receives great visual emphasis (more bars) also, George`s face is shown in full white light giving added terror to the scene. Finally in the bell-room the two symbols: bars and bells come together at last. The murder scene is highly dramatic, with a complete absence of sound, the bells are shown from various angles in successive shots of two seconds each; and the actual strangulation is shown from above. In particular the bars, which have been increasing in size throughout the film, are shown larger than ever before, reflected across Rose`s dead body, even though her corpse changes position in consecutive shots! This particular moment signifies that these two people have reached the "point of no return" for Rose is dead and George Loomis has become a murderer.

The film is not faultless: there are times when you feel the picture is using Marilyn`s physical charms at the expense of drama, plus the picture contains some improbable situations; but no matter, it is a movie that deserves close study.

John Harman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Health and Safety Officials Might not Like It!, 28 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Niagara [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
A pretty close to faultless thriller correctly dubbed Hitchcockian except to say I'm not sure he had used colour quite like this by 1953. I could be wrong, but some of the brilliant shots of reds and yellows and the blue of the water give us a primary colour technicolor garish nightmare of 50s America spiced with comic japes and sexual under and over tones. A brilliant performance of a scheming tramp from MM but also in a homelier contrasting way, an appealing subtler sexuality from the differently but more believably beautiful aspirational middle class housewife Jean Peters. They rather act the men off the screen, though Joseph Cotten (adding another Hitchcockian layer) is impressively sad-eyed and possessed. The scenes in the belfry (stairs, shadow, colour) are some of the most striking and (last mention) Hitchcock would surely have appreciated them. In fact, North By Northwest and Vertigo could have been said to have been in some way inspired by Hathaway's design. The psychology is less demanding maybe, but cinematically fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'THE' perfect figure?, 24 Aug. 2014
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Fantastic scenery, but, it would take second place if MM walked by. I remember the song 'Kiss' and used to play it often, in this film, it is played by the Rainbow Tower Carillon.............A couple arrive at Niagara Falls for a belated honeymoon. The voluptuous Marilyn M., appears.......She is married to Joseph Cotton, but is having an illicit affair.......This affair is discovered by one of the honeymooners (Jean Peters). Plans have been made by MM and her lover to get rid of her husband....Best laid plans....Eventually Marilyn gets her comeuppance. JC is hounded by the police, finally making his getaway in a boat on the Niagara river. Jean Peters is also on the boat, it loses power and drifts towards the falls.........................A colourful, enjoyable film with scenery to die for..............plus the bouncy curved figure of Marilyn: a viewing feast............The objective 'me' and my imagination enjoyed this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Niagara comes to life on Blu!, 11 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953] (Blu-ray)
What can one say that hasn't been said already about this true classic of American cinema? For me, this tense and effective thriller with it's very fine cast, who all give engaging performances, is right up there with the best thrillers ever made. Looking past Marilyn Monroe's breakthrough show-stopping turn, Joseph Cotten is equally impressive as George Loomis whose murder is being arranged by his man-trap, devious wife, Monroe. Soon a vacationing couple at the imposing Niagara Falls, played by Casey Adams and Jean Peters, become involved in the proceedings.
I would like to give special mention to Jean Peters as the down-to-earth, quick-witted Polly Cutler, who reluctantly aids Loomis. I rate this her career-best performance and she is not overshadowed by Monroe's more prominent prescence.
Should anyone be in doubt about upgrading from DVD to Blu Ray for this title. Don't, the picture quality is excellent and far superior to all previous dvds of the film.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good transfer!!!, 29 July 2013
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This review is from: Niagara [Blu-ray] [1953] (Blu-ray)
Fantastic movie, which goes without saying!, but this review is in regard to the quality of the blu ray transfer which is just out......

I had the remastered version of this in the Diamond DVD Collection, was very unsure as to whether to upgrade to blu ray, but I am so glad I did....the transfer is excellent and very clear indeed, colours have much more depth, sharp pictures and even the sound is better....if you are a Marilyn fan, like me, and you are thinking of upgrading this brilliant movie then do not hesitate, its very good and well worth it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 9 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Niagara [DVD] [1953] (DVD)
Brilliant film! One of Marilyns best films and one of my favourite. Marilyn is not just the dumb blonde in this film, she shows herself as the great actress she always was but was sadly seldom given the opportunity to play. Apart from the obvious hypnotic presence of Marilyn this film is in itself a great thriller and the images of Niagra are awsome...but not as beautiful as Marilyn!...enjoy!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Marilyn's most powerful dramatic performances, 26 July 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Niagara [VHS] (VHS Tape)
1953 was basically the Year of Marilyn, and Niagara is one of the films that transformed her from a much-talked-about newcomer into a living legend. The popular conception of Marilyn as a stereotypical blonde does her a disservice, as she proved in early films such as this that she had real talent as a dramatic actress. Here, she plays a cold, calculating woman planning the murder of her own husband – not your typical Marilyn role. For my money, she is amazing. There are scenes in which she communicates only through facial expressions, and she handles this so naturally that I could swear she wasn't even acting. I should also say that Marilyn is simply stunning in this movie, especially in that red dress which draws so much attention. The Niagara Falls setting, as beautiful and sweeping as it is, pales in comparison to Marilyn's beauty. She is the epitome of sultriness; she is so hot and steamy in this role that I'm surprised several movie theatre screens didn't spontaneously combust as the movie was shown. She is of course gorgeous in all of her movies, but the villainy of her character in Niagara adds an exotic flavor to her forceful presence that leaves me feeling wilted and weak in the knees.
Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) wants to ditch her husband and run off with her lover. Rather than merely leave her husband George (Joseph Cotton), she wants to eliminate him altogether. George is somewhat disturbed as a result of his tour of duty in Korea, and Rose uses this to her advantage by taunting and teasing him into making public spectacles of himself in front of plenty of potential witnesses. Ray and Polly Cutler (the ubiquitous Max Showalter and Jean Peters) are in Niagara Falls on a long-delayed honeymoon, and they find themselves a growing part of whatever craziness is going on between George and Rose. Rose plays her role of the loving, worried wife quite well, intentionally driving her husband into fits; the sound of her favorite song, Kiss, never fails to send him into uncontrolled outbursts. Finally, the time is right, and the lover is sent on his way to murder Rose's husband, but of course these types of things are never as simple as they should be. Rose' s portrayal of the frantic, worried wife might have worked if everything had gone according to plan, but a number of twists turns the tables right on top of her, and the whirlpool of self-destruction eventually threatens to pull the Cutlers down with it.
This is Marilyn as you may never have seen her before. There is no comedy, no dumb blonde characterization to be found here, just an amazingly powerful dramatic performance. Joseph Cotton's talent contributes mightily to the film's success, and Max Showalter and Jean Peters lend a needed air of believability and realism to this beautiful thriller. There is one rather infuriating scene, however, where Ray completely dismisses his wife's account of what she has just witnessed; such an old-fashioned treatment of the real heroine of the movie is one thing that does not transplant well from the 1950s to the twenty-first century. By and large, though, this movie has not lost any of its punch over the years. To say that this movie possesses a driving force rivaling the power of Niagara Falls itself would be both cliché and inaccurate, yet Marilyn's indomitable presence combined with the setting's natural beauty makes Niagara an unforgettable movie experience.
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