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The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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One caveat: if you're like me(hopeless film buff), you often get these Criterions for not only the fantastic quality of the print but for the often illuminating audio tracks, usually provided by experts of one type or another; I've never quibbled with any of them before, but I have to say, don't expect Marion Keane's wall-to-wall droning to be worth it. There's generally two kinds of film "discussion"(not counting the sort where the actual director or actors gab, which we get with new films): the sort that's superb, like Rudy Behlmer's on "Adventures of Robin Hood"-an amalgam of film history, film technique, on-the-fly biographies of the actors you're watching, tidbits about the production locations, etc.etc.-nd then there's the OTHER kind:
film "semiotics".Read more ›
The documentary focuses on Hitchcock's British films, which aren't as widely seen these days and also a complete radio broadcast from 1937. Talk about diggin' up some material! I also enjoyed the commentary and that press book stuff. I'm not even sure I've seen it all. Actually, I'm still not sure what The 39 Steps really is exactly, but who cares? I pity people who don't watch certain movies because they're old and black & white. The reason people should see this film is because no one can make a film like this anymore. This is a great film, don't miss it.
A breezy thriller "The 39 Steps" focuses on Robert Hannay (Robert Donat)who finds himself wrongly accused of the murder of a woman who has information on a group of spies in England. Hannay goes on the run and finds himself handcuffed to Pamela (Madeleine Carroll)as he tries to elude a murderous spy missing the tip of his finger.
Pay attention to the sequence where Hitchcock creates a bold sequence which follows stars Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll as they are being "escorted" to the bad guy as it pulls back from a studio shot IN the car and moves around to the back of the car as it's driven down a country road shot on location all without an apparent edit (for 1935 it's a truly daring and revolutionary shot and quite breathtaking especially in an early film like this. He would use the same technique for a long tracking shot in "Frenzy" 37 years later).Read more ›
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Amazing film!!! Great plot, great acting, great camera work, both funny and thrilling.Published 2 days ago by perry venson
This is one of Hitch's best, but one should try to watch the Criterion Collection version. The one on Amazon Prime is of poor quality.Published 5 days ago by Jay C. Buck
If you enjoy old movies, take a look at this one. Too bad the sound quality was poor.Published 14 days ago by R1212
"TheTthirty-Nine Steps" is a wonderfully evocative title. I had visions of ancient temples atop high stone bases, or ever ascending paths cut through jungles to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ancient Bookworm
One of the absolute classic mysteries and Hitchcock at his best. Several of the sequences in the picture are unforgettable--pure gold.Published 2 months ago by Bill T