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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film making., September 17, 2000
This review is from: North by Northwest (DVD)
With this film, Alfred Hitchcock set out to top himself and get back on top after the failure of VERTIGO; he did just that. NORTH BY NORTHWEST is automatically a classic with the acting by Cary Grant (his fourth and final film with Hitchcock), Eva Maria Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll (another one of Hithcock's favorites), and young Martin Landau (in his film debut), the amazing set pieces (the UN murder, the cropduster sequence, and the climax atop Mt. Rushmore), Bernard Hermann's music score, and the classic work of the camera by the Master of Suspense. But this DVD's extras really add to the film. It includes a documentary hosted by Saint ("Destination Hitchcock," not "The Man in Lincoln's Nose" as listed on this site), an audio commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, two theatrical trailers (a standard trailer and one featuring Hitchcock), a TV Spot, an isolated music audio track and the film itself remastered in Dolby 5.1 Audio and 1.66:1 widescreen anamorphic format. The only problem is it comes in a snap case like all Warners DVDs, not allowing a booklet with production notes. But this DVD is a must buy, especially if you're a fan of Hitch. It's also a note of interest for 007 fans (like myself). This film brought about spy thrillers and you should compare the cropduster sequence in this film to the helicopter sequence in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.
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Initial post: Mar 9, 2009 6:03:04 AM PDT
Dear God! You should really clarify what you mean about Vertigo being a failure. Most critics would say Vertigo is Hitch's masterpiece! I assume you must mean that it was commercially disappointing. Vertigo is one of the best movies ever made. While North by Northwest is fun, a classic and very entertaining, it's not the serious piece of art that Vertigo is.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 8:01:11 PM PDT
Robert Stone says:
I had the same initial reaction but then realized the reviewer must be referring to commercial failure of Vertigo (which I never even knew about having only seen it on video and in revival showings at a local art theater) - I suspect most people reading the reviews will realize this as well, as we all know Vertigo to be a masterpiece work. Hopefully will be available on Blu-Ray soon.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 11:35:05 AM PST
S. J. West says:
Yes, you are both quite right that I meant the commercial failure of Vertgio, which is also a true classic. My bad for not clarifying. Rookie mistake from my early teenage days of writing reviews!
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