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Alfred Hitchcock's Waltzes From Vienna (1933)

Esmond Knight , Edmund Gwenn , Alfred Hitchcock  |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Esmond Knight, Edmund Gwenn, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: PR Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031SU2XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

1934-black and white-In old Vienna, Johann Strauss Junior wants to be a composer like his famous father. His father however feels his son has no talent and dissuades him from pursuing a musical career. Johann Junior's fiance, played by Jessie Mathews, also does not encourage his creative side and prefers him to work as a baker. Enter Countess Helga von Stahl, who recognizes the younger Strauss' talent, and helps hatch a scheme to get his Blue Danube heard by the public. However, Strauss' girl thinks there is something romantic going Johann and the Countess, and Johann Senior thinks his son is trying to embarrass him.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Print! December 11, 2010
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This is a review of the PR Studios release of Hitchcock's "Waltzes from Vienna".

The print of this movie is in great shape, both audio and video. As for the movie itself it is somewhat silly; obviously not your typical Hitchcock picture, even when comparing it to his other early 1930s films. The movie is interesting to watch and worth buying if you're interested in Hitchcock's films, especially since this title never shows up on TV.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pristine Print of a So-So Movie October 28, 2012
I don't know where this print came from, but it is spectacular. The images are pristine. The movie was very nicely photographed, which adds immeasurably to the overall viewing experience. That said, the movie is a true oddity, an Alfred Hitchcock movie with virtually nothing in it to signify that he was the director. In fact, the only thing I can think of that would tip anyone off to the fact that a major talent was behind the camera is the overall excellence of the direction. From beginning to end, I was always aware that a major talent was at work. That doesn't make this a good picture by any means, but it does save it from being bad. I think the best way to enjoy this title is to go in expecting to see a well-made costume drama and nothing more, and also to be able to cross it off the list of Hitchcock movies that you haven't seen. The acting is fine throughout, and the male lead is actually quite charming and appealing, but unfortunately the plot is hokey at best. Overall, not a bad movie, but not much above mediocre either. A true curiousity. I give the print transfer the highest rating possible, because it truly is fine. If you've ever wanted to see early Hitchcock, I highly recommend that you purchase this specific DVD. You probably won't care much for the movie itself, but you'll be amazed at how good it looks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Respectful Bio April 14, 2012
After - or before, actually - the hordes of films made about the great composers that distort their lives and their music as well, this is really rather quiet and effective. Of course the love interest is piled up as with all the rest but this was toned down. His secret of "The Blue Danube" was of course no "secret weapon" at all but an enormously popular piece of music that won the people over at its debut. In all, this film managed to respect its subject and his music without gross overstatement and that in itself is somewhat of a miracle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD-R, *NOT* a glass-mastered DVD June 25, 2012
By MJM
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Even though there's no mention of this on the product page, prospective purchasers should be aware that this is a recorded DVD-R, and not a factory-pressed DVD. So it won't last forever. (Not that glass-stamped DVDs will last forever; the glue holding the various layers together will eventually degrade, but probably not during the lifetime of anyone reading this. But the photosensitive dye in a DVD-R is likely to degrade far sooner; depending on the quality of the blank DVD-R and storage conditions, anywhere from several decades to a few years. Such is life.)

That being said, it is indeed a surprisingly high-quality print ... of a film for Hitchcock completists only. Seriously, unless you've set out on a mission to watch everything Hitch ever did (which is not as crazy an idea as it sounds, unless it is ... anyway, that's why I bought *my* copy), there's really not much reason to see this one, an opinion shared by Hitch himself.

But yeah, if you've decided that you need to see "Waltzes From Vienna," this is a fine way to do that.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm wondering of this is a legal copy. June 27, 2010
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I was taken back by how stripped-down the packaging appeared with so little description on the back, just "Title: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Waltzes From Vienna' Studio: PRS Release Date: December 9 2009 Disc: DVD" and a barcode.
The start of the movie merely had a start button. There were no chapters or setup links. Even the Warner Archive DVDs are better than this. It played fine & the quality was passable, considering the movie's age.
I've never bought an illegal copy of anything. Is this how they look? It makes me uneasy to own it.
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