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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Hitchcock, but the best that WHV owns, August 8, 2009
This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess) (DVD)
Hitchcock's three greatest films, IMHO, are "Rear Window", "Vertigo", and "Psycho". However, those are owned by Universal. The four films in this collection are very good films by general standards and pretty good films by Hitchcock standards.

"Suspicion" was made in the U.S., but has the look and feel of Hitchcock's British films. Joan Fontaine plays a woman who marries a charming man (Cary Grant) and doesn't realize until after their marriage that he is a perpetual adolescent - and pathological liar. But could he also be a killer? If you don't know the answer until the end, that is because Hitchcock didn't know either.

"Strangers on a Train" has a pro tennis player (Farley Granger) wanting to divorce his cheating wife so he can marry someone else. However, the cheating wife is expecting and thinks her current husband will be a great provider even if he isn't the father - divorce is out of the question. Our hero makes the mistake of discussing his problems with a sociopath on the train ride home. The sociopath (Robert Walker) suggests they perform each other's murder. You see, Walker's character comes from a wealthy family and wants his father done away with since his father has cut him off financially until he stops wasting his life. Unfortunately, Walker's character goes ahead with his end of the non-existent bargain, making everyone think that the tennis player has killed his estranged wife.

"I Confess" concerns a priest who hears the confession of a murder for which he is suspected. The priest could clear himself two ways - either by breaking his vow and revealing the killer to the police, or he could reveal his alibi - he spent the afternoon in question with a woman with whom he was involved before he became a priest. Either way out is unacceptable to the priest. Seldom seen, this has always been one of my favorites.

"The Wrong Man" has Henry Fonda as a under-capitalized musician accused of a crime. He fits the description of the robber, has no alibi, and has no money - which gives him a motive for the robbery of which he is accused. Nobody in law enforcement will believe him. This is probably the weakest film of the four although it is still pretty good.

All four of these films are in the more deluxe The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection (Strangers on a Train Two-Disc Edition / North by Northwest / Dial M for Murder / Foreign Correspondent / Suspicion / The Wrong Man / Stage Fright / I Confess / Mr. and Mrs. Smith). That set is full of extra-features, featurettes, and commentary. If you have any real interest in Hitchcock I suggest you save your pennies and buy that set. You won't regret it.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2009 12:24:26 PM PST
Tyler Foster says:
I'm sure it doesn't change your recommendation any, but previous TCM Greatest Classic Films Collections had all the bonus features on the movie disc intact, as these are two double-sided DVDs. Thus, with this set, you would lose the bonus features included on the second disc of Strangers on a Train, but any and all bonus features from the other three films should be fine, since they are one-disc sets. Since there is also a new Special Edition of North by Northwest, this seems like a pretty good way to get the three and pick up the others in the set on Amazon Marketplace.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 12:10:53 PM PDT
Richardson says:
With all respect due a top reviewer..... I find your review incredible based on the title alone! You don't view North By Northwest as one of the best films owned by WHV (Warner Home Video)? Really? You describe "The Wrong Man" as the weakest of the four and while I love that film I couldn't find a serious fan of cinema who would rate it near "North By Northwest".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 2:58:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 2:59:43 PM PDT
And "North By Northwest" ??? It's the best Hitchcock's movie, and one of the best and incredible movies ever made.
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