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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 ›
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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the movie was outstanding however were were not able to stream it on Amazon and had to watch it using UtubePublished 11 days ago by william heming
I didn't know that the only choices for subtitles were Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
The sound was in English but not clear enough to keep up with the plot.
How someone can change a great novel into almost not recognizable is a sin. The sound was bad too.Published 1 month ago by Dee Clark
Forget the fact that this isn't a very good print and that the sound is TERRIBLE. There is very little of Hitchcock's style in this movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mac Henry
Watch this Hitchcock classic many times! This version is bar none the best. Would highly recommend.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Brian Fox