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Sabotage (1936)

Sara Allgood , Frank Atkinson , Alfred Hitchcock  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sara Allgood, Frank Atkinson, Joyce Barbour, Arnold Bell, Matthew Boulton
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Leisure Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640V7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value February 14, 2002
Format:DVD
(Please note that the DVD edition I am reviewing is the Lasterlight release double feature of Alfred Hitchcock's SABOTAGE and THE LODGER. It's the one with that groovy introduction by the collarless cardigan-wearing Tony Curtis, who does not wear his strange, black leather gloves in this particular Laserlight introduction.)
The viewing of this DVD was the first time that I had ever seen either Hitchcock's SABOTAGE or his silent feature, THE LODGER. Since this was an extremely inexpensive DVD purchase (as part of a three disc set), I assumed that there would be one fairly good film packaged with one forgettable dud. So, when I finished watching and enjoying SABOTAGE, I deduced that the second film on the disc would be the one that would be awful. Surprisingly, THE LODGER turned out to be almost as good as the first film. This is an excellent DVD to purchase if you are unfamiliar with either of these great movies. The picture and sound quality are not perfect, but for a budget release, they are quite acceptable.
SABOTAGE is a masterful piece of work. It has a straightforward, yet engaging plot that will keep you spellbound the entire way through. There is some genuinely surprising material contained here, and if anyone tells you that a film from the 1930s can't shock anyone in the 21st Century, you merely have to show them this film to demonstrate how wrong they are. Although the film seems predictable at times, there are moments that will surprise even the most cynical of viewers.
The action is fast and the tension is thick. The acting from the leads is quite excellent, with particular mention going to the main villain of the piece.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FILM, BAD DVD TRANSFER February 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful old film, one of Hitchcock's most terse. Terrific acting, simple clean plot but POOR DVD transfer; grainy image and very thin audio. Avoid this until someone releases a better print. So far so bad with the HITCHCOCK COLLECTION.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF HITCHCOCKS BEST FILMS July 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Released in 1936, SABOTAGE is a first class example of what makes Alfred hitchcock the master of suspense. As a die hard fan of Hitchcock, I will admit that I originally bought this film on the bargain shelf to complete my collection. After one viewing I had an new favorite Hitchcock film. The plot is simple...London is being hit with acts of sabotage and the police suspect the owner of a small movie theater is responsible.An undercover agent tries to get information from the mans unsuspecting wife. The plot may be simple but the complex emotions that are revealed as the story progresses are not. Sylvia Sydney is outstanding as the wife and does an outstanding job in her portrayal of a woman whos entire world is crumbling around her, and she often does it without uttering a single word. Hitchcock is known for the style of his movies and trust me, this movie is one of his most stylish. Student filmmakers should be required to watch this movie to learn how to create suspense and intrigue. If you have ever seen and loved a Hitchcock movie, watching this movie will show that his unique sense of emotion and humor was fully intact even in his earlier films. I will end this by just saying...WATCH this movie.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece, but poor dvd March 8, 2000
Format:DVD
The Lodger is the first 'real' Hitchcock and a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the quality of this copy is even worse than the vhs-copy I played hundred times. Wait for the release of the restored version!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible movie, incredible transfer!! February 4, 2003
By melvin
Format:DVD
In reviewing these classic British Hitchcock DVDs from Laserlite, I review the film transfer more than film itself...
...of Sabotage, I can say little more than what has already been said of the film. It's an excellent Hitchcock thriller about a young woman who suspects her husband may be a saboteur after a rash of London sabotages leave him missed at home. There's a wonderfully suspenseful and controversial segmant in which a young boy is riding in a bus with a bomb. One would be hard pressed to find anything that the Hotchcock could have done to improve upon this film.
What really stuck with me after this viewing of the film, however, was how brilliant the transfer looks! Laserlite got the gray-tones and contrast level so well, the audio soundtrack so spotless, the cropping so perfect, that one would be tempted to think that Laserlite either copied this straight from the Criterion laserdisc then remastered it again, or that someone at Criterion lost their job, found an original 35mm negative and got hired by Delta, because this is one unbelievably pleasant viewing experience! I do not recall one scene in which I couldn't see what was happening because of bad contrast, I do not recall one moment of hissing on the soundtrack, I do not recall even one missing frame from the movie, no heads are cut off by bad cropping and whites are white, grays are gray, blacks are black and silver are even brilliantly silver. I think it is safe to conclude that, as of the writing of this review, there is not a better copy of Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage available on DVD. Even Criterion will be hard pressed to upstage this one (that is, if they ever get around to reissuing their Hitchcock laserdiscs on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALFRED KEEPS TENSIONS HIGH IN THIS 30'S THRILLER
SABOTAGE IS ALFRED AT HIS BEST..SYLVIA SYDNEY IS FANTASTIC AS A WOMAN BETRAYED AND ALFRED CAREFUL DIRECTION AND ATTENTION IS QUITE APPARENT IN SYLVIA'S METAMORPHOSIS FROM A CLOSED... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jimi
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Most Underrated Film
Sabotage is a film that was made in 1930s but could easily be made into a blockbuster today. The central issue is terrorism which, in today's society, is a hot topic. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Suzanne Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars As Good As A Film Can Be With No Context
There's no question that Alfred Hitchcock is a master film director, seeing as how a movie this old can hold up decently in 2011. Read more
Published on May 7, 2011 by Zachary Koenig
4.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful but dated film
This film shows how good Hitchcock was even in his early films. The suspense is palpable, especially when the boy is carrying the bomb. Read more
Published on October 3, 2010 by Israel Drazin
2.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Sabotage
Not to be confused with The Saboteur, Hitchcock's first American-made motion picture. The motion picture Sabotage is very loosely based on Joseph Conrad's short novel The Secret... Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by TomCZorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Hitch Suspense Thriller!
Early Alfred Hitchcock thriller, set in late 1930s London. A Scotland Yard detective posing as a fruit stand salesman, is casing this small London theater, watching this man who... Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by Scotman's Critic's Corner
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Silly
Let's see now. If you were working undercover for New Scotland Yard, would you (a) make a pass at a suspected terrorist's wife and then compound matters by (b) telling her what... Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by William F. Flanigan Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabotage
I am an early Hitchcock film lover. His early British films show the Hitchcock touch starting to emerge. Read more
Published on April 7, 2009 by Leo Catalano
3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock fans wont want to miss this -
I will say that while this isnt a great film, it is a solid very good movie with some suspense. If you like Secret Agent or The 39 Steps you might like this as well (not as much as... Read more
Published on February 22, 2009 by D. Steigman
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars out of 4
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Though it lacks the narrative thrust and humor that characterize Hitchcock's later work, Sabotage is a suspenseful and brief thriller that hints at what... Read more
Published on February 5, 2009 by One-Line Film Reviews
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