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Dial M for Murder [Blu-ray 3D]

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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.

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  • Actors: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • 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 (497 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ERNLTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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Hitchcock agreed to make this movie to finish his Warner Brothers contract and move to Paramount where he would not only retain creative control but own some of his movies ("Rear Window", "The Trouble with Harry", "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "Vertigo). Apparently the director wasn't pleased with shooting in 3D and there were problems with the equipment during principal photography where is why there are some non 3-D shots in the film. Also, Hitchcock preferred to work with the Technicolor lab which offered superior processing and dye transfer release prints rather than the shoddy Warnercolor which had grainy opticals. In any event, he made an entertaining if somewhat stagey thriller with good performances and a famous murder scene. This was part of the director's experimentation of creating a suspense story in a confined location which was attempted with "Lifeboat", "Rope" and this movie. He finally got it right (if not perfect) with "Rear Window" after which he abandoned that concept. The film had a very limited release in 3D back in 1954 since the cycle of dimensional pictures had fizzled out. The problem of keeping two projectors in perfect synchronization cause grief for some theater owners. The original 3D and flat versions were shown in the 1:85 ratio. The movie was re-released in 1979-1980 with new dual projector prints and shown in 1:33. Warner Brothers also made a single strip 3D version for a broader re-release in 1981 also in 1:33. The advantage of the square format was that more of the image was shown and Warnercolor needed all the help it could get, especially the grainy opticals that used the inferior duplicating stock of the time.Read more ›
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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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