- Actors: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Laura Elliot
- Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
- Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Special Edition
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian
- Dubbed: Italian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Whv
- DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2004
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0002YCYN0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,486 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Alfred Hitchcock directs this classic crime thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. Charming tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) meet by chance in a train carriage. After some idle chat in which it transpires that each man has someone in their lives they would like to dispose of, Bruno proposes that he kills Guy's wife, in return for Guy murdering Bruno's father. Guy is appalled, but when his wife is murdered he realises that Bruno is intent on carrying out the 'deal', whether Guy wants to or not...
From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a "criss-cross" scheme of traded murders. Bruno agrees to kill Guy's unfaithful wife, in return for which Guy will (or so it seems) kill Bruno's spiteful father. With an emphasis on narrative and visual strategy, Hitchcock controls the escalating tension with a master's flair for cinematic design, and the plot (coscripted by Raymond Chandler) is so tightly constructed that you'll be white-knuckled even after multiple viewings. Strangers on a Train remains one of Hitchcock's crowning achievements and a suspenseful classic that never loses its capacity to thrill and delight. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product description
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Great transfer, great black and white contrast. A film of noir moments galore.
Robert Walker is fabulous as the twisted Bruno. Buy it!
Strangers on a Train Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras:
Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Peter Benchley, Alfred Hitchcock and many more.
Strangers on a Train Preview Version (SD; 1:42:57). This is the so-called "British" version of the film (which was included on the "flipper" DVD a few years ago) which runs about two minutes longer than the final cut and has some alternate takes. Interesting more as an "intellectual exercise" than anything else, but indispensable for those interested in seeing how Hitchcock continued to shape his films after an initial cut.
Behind the Story contains these featurettes:
Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock Classic (SD; 36:44) is a nice overview with Peter Bogdanovich and several others discussing the importance of the film in the Hitchcock canon;
Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V. (SD; 7:22) focuses on Kasey Rogers, who performed under the name Laura Elliot in the film;
Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan (SD; 12:46) has the director espousing his love for Hitch and the film;
The Hitchcocks on Hitch (SD; 11:20) features Hitch's daughter and granddaughter talking about Hitch. This includes lots of great home movies;
Alfred Hitchcock's Historical Meeting (SD; 1:08) is a weird little snippet without sound that shows Hitch interacting with actors made up as historical characters.
Theatrical Trailer (SD; 2:34)
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