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If you own a Blu-Ray player, you must own 'North by Northwest',
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This review is from: North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition in Blu-ray Book Packaging) (Blu-ray)
No Blu-Ray collection is complete without a well-transfered vintage movie, and I'm happy to say that Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 masterpiece 'North by Northwest' is a worthy choice for that movie.
The film itself needs no introduction. It's a classic, pure and simple. From the wonderful performances by Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint to the jaw-dropping Mount Rushmore and (my personal favorite) crop duster sequences, 'North by Northwest' is a high-caliber suspense film, through and through.
One aspect that sets it apart from many other movies of its day is the test of time. Even though it hit movie theaters more than 50 years ago, the action and humor in 'North by Northwest' have aged very well. I still laugh out loud when I watch it, and the suspense is still just as nail-biting.
As for the Blu-Ray transfer, I don't think we could've asked for a better one. As far as I'm concerned, the purpose behind the Blu-Ray format is to make the home viewing experience as close to the theatrical experience as possible. This beautifully-produced Blu-Ray does just that. The incredibly sharp picture effectively transports the viewer back in time to a theater seat in 1959, right down to the old-school film grain.
The special features here are very impressive, including a standout documentary hosted by Eva Marie Saint. If you appreciate extras, you won't be disappointed. My favorite, for some reason, is the featurette titled "A Guided Tour with Alfred Hitchcock." It's a genuinely funny and witty look at the movie, and shouldn't be missed.
Additionally, the Blu-Ray comes packaged with a 44-page Digibook, which is a very appreciated addition. It includes facts about the production as well as profiles of the actors. Very cool packaging.
Classic movies like this are a treat to behold on the Blu-Ray format. 'North by Northwest' is no exception. If you're looking for a wonderful piece of cinematic history that showcases the format beautifully, then look no further than 'North by Northwest.' It's absolutely a must-buy.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2010 6:11:12 PM PST
Robert Stone says:
Very nice review - I agree completely. I have not watched the featurette you mentioned - I'll have to check it out.
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