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  • Actors: Karin Dor, John Forsythe, Claude Jade, Dany Robin, Frederick Stafford
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DZLIW1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Format: DVD
Topaz is widely regarded as one of Hitchcock's worst films, but while certainly problematic there's still a lot to admire in this spy thriller set against the Cuban missile crisis. Unfortunately, rather than the original theatrical version (to date only released on laserdisc in the 90s and on Blu-ray in Germany), the version on video and this DVD is of a longer preview version before the film was trimmed down to size. For the most part the `additions' are fairly minor - the Russian defector being coerced to give information, a party scene, possibly a longer version of a scene between Frederick Stafford and Dany Robin - although the only one that makes a real difference is the addition of the best of the three alternate endings (of one character wryly waving goodbye at the airport having got away with it). Unfortunately, aside from drawing matters out even more, it still has the same structural problems as before: the plot is all over the place, and the film is really over once it leaves Cuba, seeming to spend an inordinate amount of time tying up loose ends although in reality introducing a new plot that should have been there from the very beginning. And there's a lot of Hitchcock's technical laziness - Frederick Stafford doesn't convince in his last, poorly staged scenes, and Hitchcock doesn't help him, while the photograph on his desk is shoddy enough to be a kindergarten cut-and-paste for show-and-tell. Yet it's still an intriguing film despite its flaws, with a few strikingly memorable scenes, especially those played without dialogue - watching the New York hotel from the florist's shop, the dead woman's dress unfolding like the petals of a flower as she falls to the ground, the grim almost-silent tableaux where a torture victim whispers a name.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
For resons best known to themselves, Universal UK have issued most of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960s/1970s films (The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy) in pan-and-scan 1.33:1 ratio, although these films were originally shown in widescreen (1.85:1).

This is available via Region 1 imported discs - if your DVD player is multi-region - but surely the UK deserves a better service than this!

Come on, Universal UK - give us the same remastered widescreen versions that are available for the US market!!!
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Format: Blu-ray
This expensive and long spy thriller was much better than I was led to imagine. Despite some rather "clunky" acting from several actors whose first language clearly wasn't English, the plot is fascinating and I never lost interest. Some remarkable Hitchcockian set pieces pepper this piece and the Master ensures a fast paced and intriguing plot. With virtually nothing in common with his other films "Topaz" is admittedly a novelty and it certainly won't appeal to everyone - but this splendid blu ray transfer will at least let you see the film in the best format available. The fact there are three alternative endings ( available on the disc too) does indicate a production process alien to that undertaken by the normally very "economical" Hitch who planned his projects with meticulous care and virtually never strayed from the detailed storyboards he had created. Not one of these endings totally work but the one chosen for this new restoration is probably the best - although it is undoubtedly a little awkward too. Still the film is certainly worth a viewing by fans as it does provide an interesting new perspective on the Master's output. Extras are interesting and give some further insights into, what is unfairly regarded as, Hitchcock's worse film.
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If it had been made by any-one but Hitchcock, it would have been OK.
It is an OK film, but as a Hitchcock film just misses, but not by much.
Some Hitchcocking touches, a very good opening, but the rest is a bit
of a let down.
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Format: DVD
A Hitchcock Spy Thriller in the Mold of 'North by Northwest' but without the finesse and subtle humor.

This film suddenly appeared on television and as it was directed by Alfred Hitchcock decided to see it in spite of the mainly poor reviews. I am glad I did as it was an entertaining 120 minutes but compared poorly to the brilliant 'North by Northwest' with Cary Grant, James Mason and Eve Marie Saint. It was not that the cast with Frederick Stafford acted badly, they did not and all the cast put in good performances. It just lacked that bite and finesse of some of his earlier productions.

The plot has been well documented so will say no more other than to say I found it interesting and it kept my attention to the end. The film did not deserve some of the severe criticism heaped upon it as there were some magic Hitchcock moments in the film and just for that it is worth a viewing.
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Hitchcock himself loathed this and wanted to make a movie about a serial killer in 60's New York called Kaliedoscope. Just think of how that would have turned out? Instead the studio forced Hitch into this political movie, with dire results.
This coming from a fan of Hitchcock who has almost all of his films.

True there are some wonderful scenes here, the telephone exchange, the death of the woman late on in the movie and the first twenty or so mins are quite a treat.

Try as I might to like this film, I simply cannot and I have asked myself that if this was not a Hitchcock movie would it really be remembered today? I think not. The master has made at least 30 brilliant movies, this is simply not one of them. The movie gets two stars largely due to Hitch's direction.
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