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Dial M for Murder [Blu-ray 3D] (2012)

Ray Milland , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, 3D, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ERNLTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ray Milland, Grace Kelly. A woman becomes aware that her husband is trying to kill her and must devise a plan to trip him up at his own game.

Note: The case contains only one disc. That disc contains both the 3-D version and 2-D version. Please select the desired version after the disc is inserted.

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful masterpiece October 25, 2004
By gac1003
Format:DVD
Former tennis pro Tony Wendice found out many months ago that his wife Margot was in love with another man, Mark Halliday, an American author of crime novels. After many weeks of planning, Tony sets in motion the perfect plan to kill his wife. The only problem is, as Halliday unknowningly remarks, there's no such thing as a perfect murder, and when something goes wrong, Tony has to quickly formulate another plan to do away with his wife.

This is a classic of suspense from director Alfred Hitchcock, based upon a very successful stage play. All the actors - Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams - all give fine performances, but Milland's as Tony Wendice is a standout. You're instantly won over by his conniving charm, and I admit to following his plan with a tiny bit of satisfaction. He's never over-the-top, remaining perfectly cool and collected even when things go awry. Hitchcock's directorial style also keeps the viewer confined to the apartment, only venturing outside very infrequently. As with the play, much of the action takes place in that small space, and Hitchcock uses it to his advantage with intricate staging and camera angles.

The DVD is wonderfully clear with sharp sound as well. The two featurettes are equally worth watching, especially the one on 3D. I never knew that the film was originally shot as a 3D feature, and this goes into some detail about how Hitchcock set up many of the shots without relying too much on the effects. Even as a flat screen movie, the film works perfectly. This movie is a genuine pleasure to watch and should be part of any movie buff's collection.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I will not go into the details of the movie, as this has been done countless times already. I am only rating based on picture quality and 3D.

I was a little disappointed in the overall quality of the picture, but for a 60 year old film, I can live with the graininess and lack of sharpness. Overall, the picture quality was acceptable. Nowhere near today's standards, but again, this film is 60 years old.

I had never seen this film before, so was eagerly awaiting it's release, to see it in 3D. The story itself was gripping, in the usual Hitchcock fashion, and supenseful to the end. I was a bit surprised at the story line, as I was confusing this with one of my favorite Barbara Stanwyck films - "Sorry, Wrong Number". I was expecting the plot to be along the lines of that movie. However, the story line was quite enjoyable.

I don't know why so many people complained about ghosting in the 3D version of the film. I have two 3D TV's - a 32" Visio passive (polarized) LCD, and a 42" Panasonic Plasma Active Shutter TV.

I have to say that the film looked much better on the polarized screen. There was really not much ghosting at all, even in the beginning credits which were somewhat out of the screen. On the active shutter plasma, ghosting was much more evident, very much so during the opening credits, and at various points in the film, especially during dark scenes. While it was noticable, it certainly was not to the point of being annoying. But again, I repeat, this film looks much better on a polarized screen, whcih is the way it was originally shown.

As for 3D effect, it was simply brilliant. Those that complain about the film being rather flat do not know the correct usage of 3D. This film uses 3D in a very natural way.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Hitchcock with an enchanting Grace Kelly July 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a fine example of the kind of mystery that little old ladies from Pasadena (or Russell Square) adore. Perhaps Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) starring Cary Grant might be comparable in its genteel and bloodless ability to glue us to the screen.
This is certainly one of Hitchcock's best, but most of the credit must go to a devilishly clever play written by Frederick Knott from which he adapted the screenplay. (He also wrote the play upon which Wait Until Dark (1967) starring Audrey Hepburn was based.) Hitchcock does a good job in not tinkering unnecessarily with the material. He also has the exquisitely beautiful Grace Kelly to play the part of Margot Wendice.
Ray Milland plays, with a kind of high-toned Brit panache, her diabolical husband, Tony Wendice, a one-time tennis star who married mostly for security. John Williams is the prim and proper Chief Inspector Hubbard. He lends to the part a bit of Sherlock Holmesian flair. One especially liked his taking a moment to comb his mustache after the case is solved. Robert Cummings, unfortunately plays Margot's American boyfriend as inventively as a sawhorse. For those of you who might have blinked, Hitchcock makes his traditional appearance in the photo on the wall from Tony Wendice's undergraduate days.
The fulcrum of the plot is the latchkey. It is the clue that (literally) unlocks the mystery. There is a modernized redoing of this movie called A Perfect Murder (1998) starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow in which a similar business with latchkeys is employed. I am not very good with clues so it was only after seeing that movie and Dial M for Murder for the second time that I finally understood what happened. Follow the latchkey!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Fan
A classic. Great addition to my collection. My boys are also Hitchcock fans. Hitchcock is timeless.
Published 4 days ago by Wisconsin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good quality image foe such an early attempt at 3d
Published 5 days ago by John Hurter
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is one of Hitchcock's more cerebral offerings. If you're a "thinker," this movie is for you. Lots of dialogue - pay attention and listen! Read more
Published 6 days ago by inlovewithjesus
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST
THE. BEST
Published 8 days ago by NOEL RIVERA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Have loved this movie for a long time and am so glad to be able to add it to my kindle library!
Published 9 days ago by C. S. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Depth
I wasn't aware that Alfred Hitchcock had produced this masterpiece in 3D. The re-release of this classic, remastered for Blu-ray and in 3D gives the movie a wonderful breath of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Capt Peter R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great play...what can I say...it is Hitchcock.
Published 15 days ago by william mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hitchcock at its best.
This is another Hitchcock classic murder/mystery movie at its best. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings are the perfect love triangle which results in murder, wrongful... Read more
Published 22 days ago by rita norvez
5.0 out of 5 stars The way movies should be made
Ray Milland is the cool, calm conspirator to the last. Great cast with clever police work. Could only have been improved if it had been filmed in black and white.
Published 26 days ago by C. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully twisted rollercoater
The movie seems very straight foreword but actually surprises the viewer many times. Truly a classic mystery movie if I ever saw one.
Published 29 days ago by Kiko
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Yes, there is a review of the disc here: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare7/dialmformurder.htm

For the blu-ray, it lists subtitles in English (SDH), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It also has a screen capture showing the English subtitles on the screen.
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