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Hitch back in fine form.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Frenzy [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is one of my absolute favourite Hitchcock movies; the cast is great, and (as always) every scene is a classic. Some people criticize the infamous truck-ride sequence for being too long, but they're obviously not getting it. In order to get a point across, you sometimes HAVE to show it in its entirety. In the "old days" (like here, the 70s) this was often the case. Today's audiences unfortunately seem to have a much shorter attention span, so you almost never find scenes this long in modern films, everything is usually over in a few minutes and it's on to the next scene. This particular "potato" sequence is just right, it's a pure joyride for film fanatics from start to finish and NOT a second too long. Finch is very good as the unsympathetic anti-hero, and because his character is such a bastard the whole thing is more believable. Cribbins is always fun to watch, and Foster is effectively creepy. Also look out for the underused Gerald Sim commenting on the necktie-murders in an early pub scene. One of my favourite parts of the movie, is when "the odd couple" (Massey and Finch) check in at the hotel. Why ?. This bit with that other "odd couple" (the two who run the hotel) is priceless, and the whole thing reminds me of "The 39 Steps". There are just too many brilliant scenes to run through them all here of course, but that only add to the enjoyment of watching this 30 year-old classic again and again. And no 70s fashion jokes, please. So what if fashion has changed since then, so have styles from 1930s movies but we don't necessarily refer to those as dated all the time, do we ?. By the way, just thought I'd add that the grisly rape-scene is cut in this UK video version of "Frenzy".