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To Catch a Thief (Special Collector's Edition) (1955)

Cary Grant , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alec Coppel, David Dodge, John Michael Hayes
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (628 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7V5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "To Catch a Thief (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Writing and Casting To Catch A Thief                  
  • The Making Of To Catch A Thief              
  • Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation
  • Edith Head: The Paramount Years                                  
  • Photo and Poster Gallery

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One of the creamiest of all of Alfred Hitchcock's films, To Catch a Thief is something like pure pleasure. Begin ticking off the ingredients of this 1955 movie and you'll get the picture: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, the French Riviera, champagne, fireworks, cat burglary. Mmm, it already feels good. Grant plays a retired thief who becomes a suspect when valuable things begin disappearing along the Cote d'Azur. The diamonds hanging from the well-sculpted neck of Grace Kelly would appear to be the newest target, but it's just possible that actual romance might also be wafting through the Mediterranean air. The lightness of the story keeps To Catch a Thief from being one of the masterpieces of Hitchcock's great run in the 1950s, but it is very difficult to cavil about the sunny locations, Grant's elegant aplomb, and Kelly's shrewd withholding of her sexual interest beneath the ice-queen exterior. John Michael Hayes provided the amusing script (which stretches double entendres to their limit, especially in a romantic discussion of fried chicken), Edith Head the splendid costumes. If the movie has any weight at all, it's in proving that at this point in his career Hitchcock was consumed with charting the tricky terrain of male-female courtship; if issues of trust are treated here with a light touch, they nevertheless matter as much as the mechanical working-out of Mr. H's suspense stories. --Robert Horton

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Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as "The Cat," in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed.

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194 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, It's Better Now! May 18, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After reading the gushing, swooning review from the DVD critic in last Tuesday's NY Times, I immediately ordered the "Special Collector's Edition" of TO CATCH A THIEF from Amazon. When it arrived, I compared it to my original Paramount "Widescreen Edition" from 2002. Well, the critic was right--there's simply no comparison. This new version has a 2.0 Dolby Surround soundtrack (in addition to the original mono version) and a cleaned-up, enhanced, crystal-clear picture, start to finish. It looks like they took the drab, blurry, faded old stock and actually washed it, removing years of dirt and grime and smoke and hair and whatever else was there, not to mention a computerized removal of virtually all scratches and glitches. The result is astounding.

As for the color, see for yourself. Pay close attention to the first car chase down the mountain, the meeting in the flower market, and the costume ball near the end. Not to mention the many night scenes on rooftops, where everything is now much more visible than before. And Grant and Kelly? Well, the two most beautiful people who ever lived look even more beautiful. Wait till you see the famous fireworks scene now!

I don't have to tell you that this film is wonderful, no matter which version you have. But I can guarantee you that this newly restored version makes it seem better than ever. If you're as nuts about Hitchcock as I am, it really is worth the upgrade. Enjoy!

Update (11/8/2009): The new To Catch a Thief - The Centennial Collection (1955) (2pc) is essentially the same as the 2007 "Special Collector's Edition," with the same upgraded print. This review applies to both editions.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Restoration May 9, 2007
Format:DVD
Is there a difference in this latest version of this DVD release? Or is it simply a marketing "repackage"? There is a difference!

In my opinion, the DVD transfer of this "Special Collector's Edition" is far superior to the original DVD release. In a side-by-side comparison, I was amazed to see the job that was performed on this restoration. While, the original DVD contains plenty of dirt, scratches, conversion-related distortion/noise, etc., the Special Collector's Edition looks nearly pristine.

There are plenty of scenes in the movie where I experienced, how can I describe it, the illusion of depth and/or three-dimensional effect.

This version will certainly replace my original copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cary and Grace on the French Riviera October 17, 2005
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This travel brochure to adventure and romance is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most entertaining films. The gorgeous vistas of the French Riviera are matched perfectly by the stunning duo of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Robert Burks' cinematography was nominated for an Academy Award and Edith Head gives Grace Kelly the look of an American princess. A fine screenplay from Michael Hayes based on a novel by David Dodge, and a light romantic score from Lyn Murray combine with all the other elements to make this a true film classic.

American John Robie (Cary Grant) has been living well in a beautiful villa on the French Riviera for the past 15 years. Once the most notorious thief in France, the man known as "The Cat" has been quiet for many years. He was in prison during the war when the Germans bombed it. He chose to stay and fight with the French Resistance upon his escape, and became a legend. It led to his parole, which is rather precarious now that a string of jewel robberies mimicking his exact style are occuring on the rooftops of the rich.

The French police want him for it, and his old pals are angry that he's brought them this unwanted attention after all these years. Since the only way to clear himself is to catch the thief himself, he hooks up with an insurance agent whose company is paying out the claims on all the robberies and begins a game of cat and mouse with the thief. The cheese in the trap is the delicious Grace Kelly.

Francie Stevens (Kelly) and her mother, Jessie (Jesse Royce Landis), are vacationing on the Riviera. Robie, posing as a lumber tycoon from Oregon, wants to keep they and their diamonds company until the thief strikes.
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Beautiful, well-casted and a classic romantic, suspenseful thriller from Alfred Hitchcock.

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"TO CATCH A THIEF" looks great for a 1955 film on DVD. One thing that Hitchcock really utilized on this film is color. From the beauty of France, set design, costume design. Everything was well done and vibrant. The film looks beautiful and is featured in Widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TV's.

As for the audio, audio is presented in Dolby Digital English 2.0 Surround/English, French and Spanish Mono.

As for subtitles, subtitles are in English, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

There are a good number of special features on the Centennial Collection of "TO CATCH A THIEF" with a few new featurettes plus the previous features included in the 2007 DVD release. The majority of the special features are included on the second disc (commentary on the first disc). Included are:

* Commentary: - The Centennial Collection forgoes the original commentary featured on the 2007 DVD by Peter Bogdanovich and Laurent Bouzereau and now features commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchcock Prof. of American Film at USC who definitely knows his Hitchcock (even Hitchcock's family are surprised with his knowledge for the "A Night With the Hitchcock" events). Casper is passionate about the filming and his commentary is just informative and well-done.
* A Night with the Hitchcock's - A new 23-minute featurette filmed on Nov. 2008 at the University of Southern California (USC). The Hitchcock class is one of the most popular classes at the university and the family has come to these events for several years answering questions from students in regards to Alfred Hitchcock as a director and also insight of his family life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie "To Catch a thief"
Good movie, I have seen a several times over the years.
For me to watch a move move than one time it has to be good.
Published 19 hours ago by Maurice
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Hitchcock's best, but...
...any movie with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is going to be watchable. Grant plays an American on the Riviera, former jewel thief, former French resistance fighter, etc. etc. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Danion Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Movie
Love the jewelry, Dresses, and seeing the location.
Have always enjoyed Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Wish life was that simple.
Published 21 hours ago by Ann Dragan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
They just don't make movies like this anymore! Watched this with my 24 year old daughter and she enjoyed it as much as I did. So glad that we watched it.
Published 2 days ago by J. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Absolutely fabulous! truly enjoyed! This is movie making when it was fun, and glamorous. Wish they still made movies like this. Read more
Published 2 days ago by karla otis
4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant & Princess Grace what's not to like
This was a great movie, for the time this movie was made, this movie was great, It has a great plot and a sense of humor to it as well. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Laura Lezlie Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Excellent movie. so classy and well done. we lost a great st*r way too early. more movies should be like this.
Published 3 days ago by Robert Scharlau
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie sizzles
The magic between Grace Kelly and Cary Grant sizzles. No wonder Hitchcock used them so much in his movies. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jed Kelson
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun
I have become a Cary Grant fan this last decade or so and have tracked down about 15 of his movies. This was my favorite, next to Arsenic and Old Lace, and continues to be so. Read more
Published 5 days ago by RayBlahBlah
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie that holds up even now, in 2014
It's great to watch a movie with a character who was involved in the WWII French Resistance and have it hold up so well, even now. Read more
Published 5 days ago by S. Edmondson
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