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Classic Cary Grant comedy caper, with added Hitchcock flavouring
on 28 December 2016
DVD review, not the Blu-ray. If I was buying now I'd choose the Blue-ray version instead for its improved picture quality but otherwise the same content.
In this classic crime caper enhanced by sparkling humour and witty dialogue, Cary Grant plays a former cat burglar now comfortably well into retirement, known by all to be going straight and a pillar of the community. His modus operandi is suddenly resurrected and visiting heiress Grace Kelly is drawn into the plot as he reluctantly tries to clear his reputation and name. Hitchcock builds the suspense well, and even though we are totally familiar with the film it still has the same effect as the first time we watched it many, many years ago.
The film takes us into that sunny almost carefree South of France in the early 1950s, before it was about to be 'discovered' again and over-commercialised like it is now, to a time when everyone seemed to know each other and there was still the happy aura of victory left over from the end of the second war. It is quite escapist in many ways, especially when conjuring up memories of times that will never be recaptured again.
My 2003 released DVD has moderate film quality in 1.85:1 wide-screen on the 16:9 format; the colours can vary some of the time and occasionally there is also a bit of hop and weave and noise, but most of the time the story takes over and we just don't notice any flaws in the technical quality. The sound is Mono, but mostly very clean and clear. Our DVD bought in 2004 still plays perfectly, and we enjoyed it again this afternoon.
The Az blurb is to the point, and the extras are as described and well worth viewing.