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Hitchcock at his very best,
This review is from: North by Northwest [DVD]  (DVD)
I have to admit, this is probably my very favourite film - bar none. The story line is tight, the action fast and well paced, Cary Grant is well, Cary Grant, and James Mason and his sidekick Martin Landau make splendid "baddies". Apparently the title role was a choice between Cary Grant and another Hithcock favourite, James Stewart, but Hitch rightly picked Cary Grant for this light hearted, faster paced action role.
This film does not attract the same critical acclaim as some of Hitchcocks other work - like Vertigo for instance - perhaps because it is a straightforward action/thriller. Not for a minute does the pace let up as Cary Grant, mistaken for a secret agent, is pursued across the USA, working his way from one famous location to another by different transport. One scene stands out and is beloved of film commentators - the "crop duster" scene, which starts with a crane shot, looking over a dustbowl, into which a Greyhound drives, and leaves Cary Grant alone to meet the mysterious Lester Townsend.
A documentary narrated by Eva Marie Saint (another Hitchcock blonde) provides insight into the making of the film.
My only criticism of the disc would be that to my untrained eye on my standard TV, the picture quality doesn't seem quite as sharp as I'd expected, and the colours have a slightly unreal hue about them, which was presumably due to the type of film stock used back then in 1959.
A great, great picture - one that every film fan should see at least once.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2014 20:01:34 GMT
the hue mentioned in the review should not be down to the filmstock as technicolor was superb in those days but time may have been the enemy although they havd done amazing restoration work on films such as vertigo
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