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This review is from: The Girl [DVD] (DVD)It is interesting to compare this film with the Anthony Hopkins film Hitchcock. Whatever your feelings are about its portrayal of the famous director, Toby Jones is incredibly impressive as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller does a good job as Tippi Hedren with terrific support from Imelda Staunton as the long-suffering Alma. Clearly shot on a low budget the film manages to combine strong performances with apparent high production values in this compelling re-telling of the director's much quoted obsession with his beautiful star. Using information from Donald Spoto's book and Tippi Hedren herself, the incidents portrayed - grotesque though they are - appear to be based on fact. Once you have seen this film you will never be able to watch Hitchcock's"The Birds" or "Marnie" the same way again!
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2013 11:22:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2013 11:25:51 BDT
Great and insightful review.
THE GIRL is a far better telling of the Hitchcock story and the lead actors are certainly more convincing compared to the related roles in HITCHCOCK from America.
In HITCHCOCK, from the moment the great Helen Mirren appeared, I mentioned discreetly to my friend in the next seat at the cinema: "She just does not seem appropriate for the part of Alma".
It was surely miscasting as miss Mirren's taller stature and resemblance for the real character was unbelievable -I could not realistically relate to Helen Mirren performing office work duties, even in a film!
Just an individual's opinion but that is what this forum site is designed for.
Eric GLASBY Australia
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2013 11:58:39 BDT
Thanks Eric. It really is the case. I met A.H. and later brought his daughter to London for an award ceremony. Toby Jones is much nearer to the "real thing" - but more significantly the general crudity of presentation and downright inaccuracies of "Hitchcock" left me being very negative about it. I spent a couple of days with Tony Perkins in Sitges too, a few year's before he died. He was a tough masculine cookie with a very assertive manner and wicked sense of humour - certainly in no way like the effete (stereotypical media gay!) you see far too often in film and television. There is clearly still much work needed to be done on such representation! I have also met Tippi Hedren and found her to be beautiful, amusing and a very gentle soul - certainly not the vengeful harpy some reviewers have made of her. The casting couch - and worse - was alive and well and living in Los Angeles - and many other places too I know for sure. Movie making is not a glamourous experience as I'm sure you're too well aware - and movie people often very different from the way they come across on screen. The platonic fallacy has a lot to answer for!
In my mind the writer/producers of "Hitchcock" either didn't spend enough time on research or else tried to jazz the project up with love affairs which never happened etc etc. The true Hitchcock story is complex enough and certainly doesn't require tampering with the "facts". At then end of the day however - we are all very human and flawed beings - so why shouldn't Hitchcock be one - too. Good wishes, A.D.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 15:14:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Sep 2013 15:28:44 BDT
Hello again Adrian and nice to read your further information which is rewarding to see.
My BluRay of MARNIE was on its way from AMAZON-USA on September 3rd so am looking forward to it arriving this week and seeing Tippi H in that film (for the first time - which seems strange at this late date, after all those years).
Having viewed THE BIRDS restoration recently I needed to check out MARNIE of course.
A friend of mine (who I worked with in the early sixties in the Public Service in Sydney) had previously worked at the Paramount Film Exchange here, and Mr Hitchcock visited their office while here for the Premier of PSYCHO - Frank was quite young then - weren't we all! - and stood back when Mr H shook the office staff's hands and gave a talk, and was was very social with them. Of course Frank regrets that hesitation now, who wouldn't?
Our office had a Theatre Party to PSYCHO at the old sadly gone beautiful Prince Edward Theatre in the city, and there were any number of shock scenes for that period which delighted the audience.
I have said elsewhere that my favourite Hitchcock film is YOUNG AND INNOCENT but of course REBECCA, and JAMAICA INN are way up there too.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 16:20:44 BDT
Oh Dear! The Marnie blu ray is a shocker - the grain swarms like angry bees! I have it in the box set. It may look ok and a tv screen but on video projection it really is almost unwatchable. Let me know your thoughts when you receive it. Sorry to be so negative but it's a favourite movie of mine and I really prayed for a good transfer!
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 09:23:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Sep 2013 09:40:59 BDT
Hi again Adrian, and others who may be interested in MARNIE on BluRay,
MARNIE BluRay arrived today and you were certainly correct. (I liked your "bees" comment too regarding the grain!).
The "wet sand grain" - my critique - is unforgivable for a BluRay - tho the US BluRay of the original thirties version of A STAR IS BORN is the worst ever. But in that case the best original print was quite poor, scratched and with some jump-cuts and we were fortunate to have it released after all the terrible Public Domain versions.
I located the standard DVD of MARNIE from the 2001 Hitchcock Collection this afternoon and compared the quality of the newer BluRay of MARNIE, compared to the more recent "Hitchcock Collection", containing MARNIE.
I probably never watched the 2001 DVD after the opening scenes, as it was only a cut-back 4x3 version like THE BIRDS from that same collection. Way back then we were accepting a new visual system but many of us were not happy with "pan and scans" of older films.
I have also written a Review on the AMAZON site in the US, as my BluRay was produced for release for / from the American market.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 09:30:18 BDT
I feared/suspected you would feel like me about it. I really was looking forward to this release and was so disappointed! I really don't know what Universal can be doing - I watched their Earthquake last night and found both the image and unbalanced sound transfer very weak indeed. Extraordinary! Clearly there are a lot of bees swarming around that studio!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2013 12:11:50 BDT
Just received an e-m from AMAZONuk that the BluRays of VERTIGO and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH are on their way.
Amazing cost too - only sixteen pounds for both! (plus postage of course).
Should I be relieved or disappointed by the BR quality? - I would rather know before they arrive.
By the way I went thru all the Reviews and Comments for THE GIRL on the American AMAZON Site.
Was really dazed by the majority of really NEGATIVE remarks - quite bizarre compared to the other Reviewers alsewhere.
Another really weird thing: TCN Channel Nine Sydney screened THE GIRL last Thursday at Mid-day as their movie. It was the first run so the programmer obviously had no idea at all what they were selling (or NOT selling!).
Also on the US Site for MARNIE I received a thoughtful e-m saying that "the (MARNIE) DVD is very good" and I presume that meant the standard def. DVD after my obvious BR remarks there. It is also "16 x 9". So I will probably try the DVD too.
Eric GLASBY Australia
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2013 12:32:30 BDT
Hi! I thought the transfer of "Vertigo" was (rather like the quality of "Rear Window")outstanding and despite the negative reviews I thought "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was okay. It's certainly better than the DVD. Hope that's helpful.
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