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on 21 February 2015
I remember seeing this film in the cinema many, many, years ago and being thoroughly thrilled and on the edge of my seat. This DVD is very disappointing because of the unrestored sound which makes it very difficult to follow the dialogue, and serious jumps in the continuity which makes me think there are missing sections. I will not give it one star, because the formative brilliance of Hitchcock still shines through, and the interplay between Donat and Carroll is still great to watch.
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on 11 January 2015
Great film let down badly by lousy and lossy transfer to DVD

If you watch on any screen bigger than 24 inch,it becomes hard on the eyes every quickly

Shame cos this is so much better than either the Kenneth More or Robert Powell versions

Yes.I do know it is not faithful to Buchan's story
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on 22 July 2016
A classic story of its time. But a bit weak by today's standards. Eventually, the story becomes a little absurd and unbelievable.
I watched it with interest, since it is a famous Hitchcook story and felt that it was enjoyable enough given the era it was produced.
The used disc was in very good condition and since it is not likely that I would watch it again I gave it to the Oxfam shop.
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on 1 January 2010
Two very good films very much of their time but entertaining to watch. 39 Steps is of course something of a classic and is the umpteenth version of Buchan's story but one of the best. None of the films based on the book are altogether accurate but this nineteen thirties version keeps close to the theme of the original even if the details are not Buchan's. The 1978 version benefits from location shooting and all the improvements in technique now available but Hitchcock did a great job in his time.

The cast of the nineteen thirties 39 Steps also contains some of the best talent the British film industry produced ~ Donat, Carroll, Tearle and Laurie as well as Hitchcock of course.

Sabotage is quite an interesting commentary on our own age and a good example of Hitchcock's skill. I missed his personal appearance in both films however!
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on 20 October 2015
John Buchan wrote the book in days when he was confined to bed with an illness. This film version, made by Alfred Hitchcock, has never been bettered, despite several subsequent efforts. It is an object lesson in how to make a thriller. The story whizzes along at a cracking pace with wonderful economy, culminating with a clever final twist. It's a must-see film.
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on 25 May 2017
Remember watching this year's ago, forgot the comedy element in it. The person I bought it for was delighted.
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on 15 May 2014
Made in the 30s, this film is very enjoyable with some dramatic moments and some comic ones too. Of all the versions of 'The 39 Steps', this is my favourite. At times the action and acting is wooden, the sets are basic, such as the highland scenery when Richard Hanney and the girl escape from the clutches of the two bogus policemen but despite this, it is a film I could watch over and over.
Highly recommended!
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on 29 August 2017
A true classic, added it to my 39 Steps collect!
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on 1 January 2018
It was a great film to see again and brought back memories of the times.
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on 19 June 2018
Good old dramatic story, Donat at his best.
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