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on 1 June 2000
If Carlton's DVD release (which I haven't seen) of this Hichcock classic (which I HAVE seen) is anything like the print they used for this VHS tape (which I own), it must be beautiful. For such an old film this print is in surprisingly good condition, and absolutely stunning to look at. Every scene is sharp and crisp, and I'm sure it's the best it'll ever look or indeed ever has. Everybody always rave about Lorre in this movie, but I personally think it's Banks who carry it. He may ultimately not have been the best choice for this role, but the more I watch it the better he gets. (He certainly had a very expressive face.) He's become a favourite actor of mine, and it's pretty sad he died so relatively early (1952.) The US-remake had some good scenes and was generally an o.k. version, but I think the original is the best of the two. (-Even though it's hilarious to watch Banks keep his cigarette in his mouth, during most of the awesome chair-fight in the chapel !.) As good as the later colour films Hitch made in Hollywood are, his best movies remain his British output. (In my humble opinion, anyway.) -They already contained all the genius trademarks that later made him an even bigger star.
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