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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2002
I purchased the DVD box set with high expectations. Instead, I received something that appeared more like WB slapping left overs together for $$$. The DVD is what you can purchase in the store. Don't get me wrong, the movie and the DVD are great - I am a die hard Hitchcock fan. The contents of the box set in my opinion are not woth the money. The 8x10s and mini Lobby Cards appear as screen captures - fuzzy. The poster is folded real compact and is blurry as well. I was really hoping the DVD would have extra content from the "regular" version on the market. I just feel WB could have done better with a movie such as this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2002
"North by Northwest" has been hailed as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest masterpieces. In terms of script, acting and intrigue, that is absolutely true. "North by Northwest" can be enjoyed for the same reasons as virtually ever other Hitchcock film, particularly because they keep the viewer guessing until the very end.
However, "North by Northwest" adds another dimension for your viewing interest. It is perhaps the worst-edited movie of its quality that I've ever seen. There are hanging boom mikes, reflections in mirrors, and visible scenery curtains. Two things to particularly look for: the missing roof on Cary Grant's cab near the beginning of the film, and a little boy with his hands on his ears BEFORE Eva Marie Saint even produces her pistol in the Mount Rushmore cafeteria. The missing roof might not be visible in some prints, especially those which have been modified for TV screens, but the boy is evident in every version and is always a howl for those who know he's there.
Even with the errors, "North by Northwest" is a wonderful movie, and is something worth owning -- particularly on widescreen DVD, so you can freeze, and even magnify, the mistakes!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2009
Enough's been said about the quality of the movie. The two new documentary features that are included in this 2-disc edition include one on Hitchcock's style and one on Cary Grant. No quibbles with the Cary Grant one...very inclusive and people that actually worked with him sharing their views as well as many film clips from all his movies. The Hitchcock documentary contains only limited clips from only certain movies and if you can imagine a documentary on Hitchcock with no clips from Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds, Rear Window, Rope, etc., then you might actually enjoy it. While interesting, I kept getting hit over the head with the fact that whomever did the documentary only had access to certain Hitchcock movies -- more than likely those that were probably available through the same seller as the 50th Anniversary DVD of North by Northwest. Very poor form on a moviemaker with such a stellar reputation as Hitchcock.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2011
A little bit of railroad history was cut from the movie in the BluRay release. I do not know why such a brief scene was deleted except the editor of the BluRay thought something was amiss and jarring. The New York Central 20th Century Limited had an agreement with the Santa Fe Super Chief to attach a Pullman first class sleeper car from the arriving Super Chief in Chicago and take it in to New York City. Thus the passengers on the Super Chief did not need to transfer with their luggage from Dearborn Station to LaSalle Street Station. The whole car was switched over to the 20th Century. The reverse was true for Super Chief through passengers from NYC to L.A. In the the newly released BluRay version a brief scene which showed the silver Santa Fe car in the middle of the NY Central 20th Century Limited gray consist exiting a tunnel in New York City heading north was deleted. A bit of the original was therefore cut.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2003
Perhaps Hitchcock's most acclaimed work, "North by Northwest" is an entertaining adventure of espionage, mistaken identity, and a typical 50's romance. Cary Grant plays the unpresuming Roger Thornhill, and advertising executive who inadvertently gets sucked into a ring of spies who believe he is a man named George Kaplan.
Not knowing who Kaplan is, Thornhill tries to escape the spies and find out the truth. In doing so, he is framed for murder, and his flight across the country begins! On his way, he meets the mysterious Eve Kendall (played exquisitely by Eva Marie Saint), a glamorous blond who tries to set Thornhill up and then falls for him.
The entire story is one big chase, leading to the infamous "face-off" on scenic Mount Rushmore. The story by Lehmann and the direction by Hitchcock make this movie a true masterpiece. The DVD features an interesting commentary, theatrical trailer, and featurette about the making of "North by Northwest" hosted by Eva Marie Saint herself.
If you see no other Hitchcock movie, see this one! They truly don't make ones like this anymore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2008
Mistaken by a couple of hired thugs for an international spy and innocent in the murder of a diplomat, Cary Grant (armed only with undeniable charms and seductive shape) flees across the most audacious places of the United States, pursued by appropriately menacing villains (led by suave cold-hearted head James Mason and his henchman young Martin Landau) and shadowed by government agents... Somewhere in between is the sophisticated, glamorous and mysterious femme fatale Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), whose unpredictable devotions tremble between the extremes of good and evil...

Will Grant slip away from his would-be killers? Does he clear his name after falsely being accused?

Directed by a genius behind the camera and a "master of suspense," and featuring intrigue, comedy, romance, and danger--the crime at the U.N., the lethal crop duster attack in the middle of nowhere, Grant's unusually good exhibition at a Chicago auction, the sequence at an automobile plant, and the impressive climactic hunt across the Presidential faces carved into Mount Rushmore--Hitchcock celebrated his golden effort with his fourth and final masterpiece after 1954's Rear Window, 1958's Vertigo, and 1960's Psycho.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cary Grant has to be the quintessential Hitchcock male (if Grace Kelly is his blonde)! So suave and charismatic, he is just splendid as the playboy who is mistaken for a government agent. This mistaken identity (a favorite plot point for Hitch) leads Cary Grant on a cross country journey that culminates in one of the most unforgettable cinematic scenes at Mt. Rushmore.

Eva Marie Saint is splendid as the double agent helping and bumbling Grant along the way.

This is a truly great film: filled with comedy and mayhem, as well as murder and political intrigue. Anyone could fall in love with this movie.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 23, 2009
If you are reading this you already know North by Northwest is a great film and have likely seen it many times. If that is not the case, I envy you since you are in for a first-time treat. If you have a blu ray player stop reading this and just buy it!! Most people reading this are looking for information on how good it looks on blu-ray so I'll skip the plot synopsis and further accolades for the movie itself.

The transfer is far better than any I have seen for this movie. I have seen it before on Laserdisc (both the old diamond stylus and the "modern" Laserdisc from the 1990s) as well as DVD and I always felt that the colors were muddy / degraded on those versions. The blu-ray is well worth owning and provides a level of detail I had never before seen. It is possible to read signs in places like the airport and train station, the detail is that good. The colors seem much less muted though they do not rival a modern film or even the eye-popping color seen in 1960s vintage film/TV shows like The Prisoner and Star Trek which I also own and highly recommend. Another reviewer noted this film was done in Metrocolor (which I am not familiar with but which is likely why colors not so bold). There are a few spots in the film, one reaction take of Martin Landau's character, for example, which seem to be of much lower quality - but it is clear this is a problem with source material and not an issue with the transfer.

Overall, I feel this is a great buy for anyone who knows and loves this movie - and come to think of it I don't think I know anyone who has seen it who is not a fan! I am pleased it is so reasonably priced (it is thankfully NOT an $80 box set with a miniature plastic Mount Rushmore, notepad with "Think Thin" printed on every page or other nonsense, as another reviewer or poster noted)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2009
I received this dvd and was disappointed that it only went to scene 32. When I emailed the seller, they immediately offered a prepaid return and sent me another dvd. They never received my return in the mail, but sent a replacement anyway. The new DVD, brand new and in the wrapper, also only went to scene 32. While I am very satisfied with the response of the seller and rate them a 5/5 stars, I think I will write to the company, warnervideo, and ask them to replace the DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This movie is one of Hollywood's most enjoyable thrillers it is ever better in this State-of-Art Restoration.

This is also Carry Grants fourth and final teaming with the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock.

This movie is a all time classic. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the older classic movies.
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