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North by Northwest [DVD] [1959]

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Coleman
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056BB8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

39 Minute Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North By Northwest hosted by Eva Marie Saint and featuring Martin Landau, Screenwriter Ernest Lehman, Patricia Hitchcock and others involved in the film
Feature length audio commentary by Ernest Lehman
Music-only Audio Track showcasing Bernard Hermann's Score
Production Stills Gallery
TV Spot
Trailer
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Language in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Language in Mono: French
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, German, English for the hearing impaired.

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A strong candidate for possibly the most entertaining and enjoyable film ever made by a Hollywood studio, North by Northwest is positioned between the much heavier and more profoundly disturbing Vertigo (1958) and the stark horror of Psycho (1960). In the corpus of Alfred Hitchcock films it shows the director at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy-thriller that also features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances. Which is not to say that this is just "Hitchcock Lite". It's a classic Hitchcock Wrong Man scenario: Grant is Roger O Thornhill (initials ROT), an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for a US undercover agent named George Kaplan. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason as the boss and Martin Landau as his henchman) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy Stranger on a Train (Eva Marie Saint), with whom he engages in one of the longest, most convolutedly choreographed kisses in screen history. And of course there are the famous set pieces: the stabbing at the United Nations, the crop-duster plane attack in the cornfield (where a pedestrian has no place to hide) and the cliffhanger finale atop the stone faces of Mount Rushmore. With its sparkling Ernest Lehman script and that pulse-quickening Bernard Herrmann score, what more could a filmgoer possibly desire? --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com

On the DVD: This wide-screen print of the movie looks remarkably fresh, preserving the vivid depth of the original's VistaVision cinematography. The main extra feature is a new and entertaining 40-minute documentary hosted by Eva Marie Saint in which most of the surviving cast and crew give their insights into the making of the picture (we learn for example that canny Cary Grant charged 15 cents per autograph). Screenwriter Ernest Lehman provides an audio commentary and on a separate audio-only track Bernard Herrmann's masterful score can be heard in its entirety. There's also a stills gallery and trailers. --Mark Walker

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*** 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 Herrmann's staccato score - it ratchets up the tension - and also subliminally suggests to the viewer that some poor John Doe is about to get rightly and royally screwed by big business and big Government - or both. And of course - mistaken for a UN diplomat called George Caplin - our hapless hero George Thornhill (played by Cary Grant) - does just that. Then when the opening credits end and Cary exits the lift with his secretary (Doreen Lang) all suited-n-booted and looking dapper enough to lick - another element kicks in - the extraordinary picture quality...

State-of-the art frame-by-frame Lowry Digital restoration has taken place here and the result is that the print is just BEAUTIFUL. I raved in a UK Listmania list some 3 years ago about how good the DVD looked - well this BLU RAY is way better - and at times just jaw-dropping to look at. Icing on the cake is that this 50th Anniversary BLU RAY reissue (Nov 2009) also adds on some superlative new features which are just as good as the film itself.

Here's the full list:
1. Commentary by Ernest Lehman (Original Script-Writer)
2. New 2009 Documentary "The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style"
(over 50 minutes - featuring comments from directors Martin Scorsese, Curtis Hanson, Frances Lawrence, Guillermo del Toro and many more)
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By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 April 2013
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Hitchcock"s films were made for their time and hugely successful they were too.Only the very great directors can claim that their works can still generate tension , thrills and quality decades later(were they still alive). Hitch is in that select band.
Music,screenplay,production,acting and all crafts brought together by the man still combine today to give such excellent enterainment.
Certain words or phrases used date the film i.e. "making love" and "gay" (which are used in a different context today), but thats nit-picking: this film stands up to the test of time remarkably well.
The DVD includes plenty of extras for enthusiasts such as audio commentary,music tracks and behind-the-scenes documentary with comments by the actors etc. Highly recommended.
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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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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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A breathtaking and brilliant spy/thriller/romance, wirh more than a memorable scene (of course that on the fields with planes chasing after Cary Grant, which is a kind of perfect example of how editing can convey suspense and thrill through few simple elements), it is a totally enjoyable and smart film, with the classic subject of an innocent man in a bigger plot that he does not understand, nonetheless I think Hitch best films are those sets ina unique environment, where he can show all his talent in characters definition and viewers engagement (Truth abouth Charlie, Rear Windows, Birds, Lady vanishes, Man on a train, Rope, Psycho, etc...). The hd restoration is excellent
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