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Strange thing about this trip. So much occurs in pairs. Tennis star Guy (Farley Granger) hates his unfaithful wife. Mysterious Bruno (Robert Walker) hates his father. How perfect for a playful proposal: I'll kill yours, you kill mine. Now look at how Alfred Hitchcock reinforces the duality of human nature. The more you watch, the more you'll see. "Isn't it a fascinating design?" the Master of Suspense often asked. Actually, it's doubly fascinating. Hitchcock left behind two versions of Strangers on a Train. The original version (Disc 1) is an all-time thriller classic. A recently found longer prerelease British print (Disc 2) offers "a startling amplification of Bruno's flamboyance, his homoerotic attraction to Guy and his psychotic personality," according to Bill Desowitz of Film Comment. The laying bare of Bruno's hidden nature, along with the great set pieces (head-turning tennis match, disintegrating carousel) and suspense as only Hitchcock can deliver, makes for a first-class trip. DISC 1: • Final Release Version (101 Min.) with Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich, Psycho Screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Patricia Highsmith Biographer Andrew Wilson and Several Hitchcock Colleagues, Aficionados and Family Members, Plus the Suspense Master Himself in an Interview Excerpt • Theatrical Trailer • Languages: English & Français • Subtitles: English, Français & Español DISC 2: • Preview Version (103 Min.) Uncovered in 1991 and Theatrically Issued in 1996 • New Making-of Documentary Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock Classic, with Farley Granger, Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, Film Historian Richard Schickel and Other Hitchcock Family Members, Colleagues and Aficionados Recalling the Making of a Suspense Landmark • 3 Intriguing Featurettes: The Hitchcocks on Hitch, Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V. and Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan • Alfred Hitchcock's Historical Meeting Vintage Newsreel • Subtitles: English, Français & Español]]>
- Contains the 101 minute final release version and the 103 minute preview version
- New making-of documentary "A Hitchcock Classic"
- 3 featurettes: 'The Hitchcock's on Hitch," "The Victim POV," "An Appreciation by M. Night Shyamalan
- Vintage newsreel
Top Customer Reviews
To begin with, it features a perfect performance by Robert Walker, an actor who would be dead within a year after making this great movie.
Walker had previously played some wonderful roles, but he astounded the world with his acting ability once "Strangers On A Train" was released.
Aside from Walker's amazing performance, "Strangers On A Train" is full of half-hidden meanings which relate to the dual personality each of us possesses.
Hitchcock was a true genius, who not only understood both the dark and the bright sides of the human psyche, but who also knew how to depict that understanding by way of film.
I have watched "Strangers On A Train" a dozen or more times, and never tire of watching it yet again, each time finding something new that I had not noticed the time I watched it before.
But, the main reason I watch this film so often is to enjoy the exceptional , perfect performance by Robert Walker. Walker was only in his 30s when he died. He was a tragic figure in real life. He died much too soon, and we are very fortunate to be able to observe his wonderful talent, preserved in this movie, almost fifty years after his passing.
**** = Blu-ray presentation (because "Preview" version is in Standard Definition.)
This new Blu-ray disc appears to be the same as the 2004 Remastered DVD (orange cover), which was a substantial improvement over the 1997 grainy DVD (blue cover).
So basically if you already have the 2004 Remastered DVD there is little reason to re-buy this on Blu-ray, but it is a must-have if you have the original 1997 grainy DVD.
The increased storage capacity of Blu-ray discs allows both the "final" and "preview" versions of the movie to appear on one disc. HOWEVER, the "preview" version is NOT IN HD, it and all of the documentaries (which are the same as on the old DVDs) are in STANDARD DEFINITION and accessed through the "bonus" button. Not a lot of extra effort was put into this Blu-ray release by Warner Brothers Home Video, no new bonuses.
The 1080p resolution of the "final release" version allows for a little more detail in the pinstripe jackets and night time scenery, even a little better than the 2004 Remastered DVD, but it may not be enough to recommend this for an upgrade unless you own a large screen HD-TV.
Although the "preview" version is only in Standard Definition, it will look a little better if only because of no DVD compression. On most standard size HD-TVs it will look the same.
The story is classic Hitchcock, two strangers who have someone they don't like meet on a train, one gets a wild morbid idea on how to solve their problems. Do they get away with it?
Outside of the "eyeglasses" and "Love Tunnel" scenes, visually this film does not have the Hitchcock style, the camera set-ups seem to be pretty standard. It looks nice but not memorable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent movie; Alfred Hitchcock directs and Raymond Chandler screenplayPublished 3 days ago by Lola
The movie different from the book in many ways. But I think Hitchcock did a good job bringing the story to life. If you like the book you should check out the movie! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ashley
Here's one of Hitchcock's film noir movies. Two men on a train meet and from there on it becomes a cat and mouse game. It's a very dark film. Well worth watching.Published 4 days ago by A Bradford
This can be placed right along with Hitchcock's top-tier best IMO.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
About one of the most interesting theories of crime. Has the suspense and thrills that only Hitchcock knows how to deliver.Published 2 months ago by Erin Young
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