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okay is being too generous
on 30 August 2013
I had not seen this film before buying it, but was eagerly looking for another Hitchcock film to match the quality of 'Rebecca', 'Rear Window', 'Vertigo' and 'The 39 Steps' (all four being truly brilliant).
Despite the rave reviews, I really cannot share in the general enthusiasm.
The picture quality was good, and that is about the best thing I can say about the film. However, it took me quite a while to work out what was actually going on, since the diction was so mumbled I had a struggle to understand a word of it! (In case anyone might be about to suggest it: I don't like reading subtitles - unless it's a foreign language film - because then I feel I might as well have bought the book instead).
All in all, I thought the story slow to start, a drag to get through, and the ending a bit of a brush off.
I think I'll sell this one, and try North by North West instead.
...Just watched North by North West - which is in a class of its own. Brilliant!