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The Manxman

Carl Brisson , Malcolm Keen , Alred Hitchcock  |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen
  • Directors: Alred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Hall Caine, Eliot Stannard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWOZ88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Manxman" on IMDb

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A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half wonderful, all of great historical interest December 1, 2000
Format:DVD
Note: this review refers to the 14-DVD boxed set and not just to Volume 1.
No film buff and certainly no film major should be without the boxed set of 14 DVDs that Laserlight has issued under the umbrella title of <The Alfred Hitchcock Collection>. The DVDs are organized in no particular order, some containing only one film, some two, while two of them have a full film and an episode from the old "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" TV series of the 1950s. They all have a trailer of more recent Hitchcock films and they all have an embarrassingly bad introduction by Tony Curtis, whose connection with these films and with English enunciation is vague at best.
The gems of the collection are "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934), "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "The Lady Vanishes" (1939). Of the earlier talkies, "Young and Innocent" has the quintessential plot of an innocent man and a girl who somehow winds up with him being chased by the police. "Rich and Strange" (1932) is not a thriller but has a shivery sequence as a couple on a sinking boat sees the water seeping into their cabin--just before it stops sinking.
"Jamaica Inn" (1939) has an over the top performance by Charles Laughton (whose dialogue is hard to follow even on this restored version) and the first appearance of Maureen O'Hara. And for once, Robert Newton plays the Good Guy. "Sabotage" (1936) is based on a Joseph Conrad tale and has the famous scene of the boy on a bus with a bomb on his lap. (Later, Hitchcock commented he should not have let it go off.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Value for Hitchcock Fans August 29, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
These DVDs (and The AH Collection II) are quite a good value. I�m a big Hitchcock fan, and before I bought them I had only seen cheapo VHS versions of a few of the movies (except for The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps, of which I had the Criterion editions). Anyway, I got the two box sets here on Amazon (they�re also now available in one big set with 14 DVDs), and I�ve watched through all of them.
The first thing you need to know, and then promptly forget about, is that Tony Curtis provides an introduction to each DVD, and man is it brutal! There are a lot of pictures that were publicity stills for his later movies or his TV series, and Tony says things like, �Hitch liked to shock people. You know what it�s like when you have a good twist at the end of a film? Hitch had a lot of those. Shocking!� His comments rarely relate to the movie. Anyway, I watched all the intros, but it was painful.
Several of the DVDs also have trailers for later Hitchcock films, all in horrible condition. Which makes the transfers of the actual movies all that much better, since they�re quite acceptable. The worst transfer is the earliest film, The Lodger, and the worst movies are The Manxman and Easy Virtue. Besides that, it was a pleasure watching them. None of the films are at the level of the two Criterion releases, and there are certainly lines and scratches throughout, but you can enjoy them. The sound is generally okay�very little screeching as I recall from the VHS copies I�ve seen. There�s really no bass response at all, but there�s not a whole lot of scratching either.
I think (a) except for the two Criterion ones, they�re the best copies out there, (b) if you�re a Hitchcock fan, they�re required viewing and you won�t be disappointed in the movies themselves, and (c) at about $...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Offset dialog screens August 30, 2000
Story and picture quality aside, it is very annoying that the film seems to have been transferred off center. From the opening titles to the dialog boxes, anywhere from one to three letters of the printing are missing on the left side of the screen. I guess you get what you pay for.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the new Hitchcock releases. July 21, 2001
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Format:DVD
These DVDs are "Laserlight" releases which mean that they have very poor quality picture and sound.Wait for the new Hitchcock Box sets which have clear picture and sound plus documentaries and other extras.The superb Criterion versions are also a good choice.If it's introduced by Tony Curtis,then it's Laserlight,avoid it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Thanx , Man June 25, 2000
By Jesmat
This film, like most of his early work, is for Hitchcock aficionados only. I am an admirer of Hitchcock and also enjoy old British films, but I still found this movie tough going, not least because of the 110 mins running time. The picture quality of this Laserlight DVD is not perfect, but it is perfectly watchable and probably a lot better than you'd expect for the price. The musical score is also okay, but nothing to write home about. Laserlight do however pose a mystery that Hitch himself would have been proud of. This DVD has no commentary, no documentary and no trailer, not even one of those awful Tony Curtis intros. So why do Laserlight describe this DVD as a 'Special Edition' ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely. March 25, 2013
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The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929)

I watched three Alfred Hitchcock movies I'd never seen before this week. One of them is considered among his best films; The Lady Vanishes appears on over half the critical thousand-best lists I have collected over the years. The other two, Young and Innocent and The Manxman, appear on none. These would seem to be considered relatively minor films as far as Hitchcock's output is concerned. So it may be somewhat sacrilegious for me to say this, but I liked The Manxman, Hitchcock's final silent film, just as much as The Lady Vanishes.

Based on a novel by Hall Caine (which had already been adapted into a film in 1917 by George Loane Tucker; while by the standards of the time it was an almost unimaginably lavish production, the few voters on IMDB who've seen it as I write this are largely unimpressed), The Manxman is the classic love triangle story. Kate Creegan (the delicious Andry Onna, who would later appear in Hitchcock's Blackmail) is the daughter of the innkeeper on the Isle of Man, which lies between Wales and Ireland. Two childhood friends are both infatuated with her; fisherman Peter (Carl Brisson, returning from Hitch's The Ring) is below her station, but a good, solid man who truly loves her; she's altogether fond of him, but her father isn't happy with the match. He sails off to sea to make his fortune, leaving Kate in the capable hands of Philip (Malcolm Keen, also a Hitch veteran; he'd appeared in The Lodger), an aspiring Deemster (island judge) who is as much above her station as Peter is below it; in this case, it's his parents who don't approve of the match. For, yes, Philip is just as much in love with Kate as is Peter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This really is a fine movie
Fun to watch a legitimate silent film. The story is good, touching and relatable. I enjoyed it so much I bought a friend a second copy for Christmas.
Published 17 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Hitchcock Silent
This film has been restored by Lionsgate and looks very good. I used to read about The Manxman and other early films by Hitchcock, but there was not ability to see them. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Lynn Ellingwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Last Silent Film
Naturally, as a Hitchcock silent film, particularly as his last one. this has considerable interest for movie historians. Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by drkhimxz
3.0 out of 5 stars The Manxman (1929)
Format: Movie
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Distributor: Sono Art-World Wide Pictures
Release Date: January 21, 1929

The Manxman is Alfred Hitchcock's last... Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Knoll360
4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Era of Silent Hitchock Film
This is a tragic, woeful tale-very early Hitchcock.

We are introduced to the fine actor, Carl Brisson. Read more
Published on February 11, 2003 by M. Friday
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperdible...
En esta era de la tecnología y el gusto por lograr las mejores imágenes y los mejores efectos, esta colección nos lleva a darnos cuenta que las grandes obras... Read more
Published on September 25, 2000 by Carlos Gabri
3.0 out of 5 stars Alfred de Musset in England
If you know Les caprices de Marianne, the story is quite similar. But there is a lot of sad love stories in Hitchcock movies. Read more
Published on June 11, 2000 by R. Michel
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