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- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Diversion Books (February 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T39XB6O
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Cary Grant is excellent as well. This is from the latter part of his career, and he had that suave demeanor down cold by the time he did this. His character is supposed to be smooth, and so he's perfectly cast. And of course, he is nicely directed by Alfred Hitchcock, a good candidate for best director of all time. Plus we have Jessie Royce Landis to deliver some of the best lines and keep this mystery/thriller on the light side.
I liked all the special features, but the one on Edith Head stood out. Part of Grace Kelly's charm in this movie is her elegant wardrobe, and Edith Head did elegance better than anyone in Hollywood - ever. If you are interested in the craft of moviemaking, the special features are definitely worth your time.
OK, now on to the review. While I am not, in general, a big classic movie buff, I do have my favorites and I do love me some Hitchcock. I've had the very poor quality DVD transfer of Hitchcock's classic thriller "To Catch a Thief" for quite a long time and my wife and I had started watching it recently (while I gritted my teeth at the terrible picture quality on my wonderful 65" plasma) when I decided to check to see if it was ever going to be released on Blu-Ray. Of course I discovered it was already OUT on Blu-ray and I ordered it right away (we also turned off the DVD and decided to wait).
So, how good of a job has the studio done with this classic? They have done an outstanding job and I don't say that very often. Color and contrast look remarkable for a film of this age (nearly 60 years!), in fact, this film looks much better than many much much newer blu-ray releases.
I see virtually no dirt or scratches on the print, and while a few shots intentionally have soft focus, I don't see signs of edge enhancement on the numerous shots that have razor sharp focus of the principal actors. You've never seen Cary Grant and Grace Kelly look quite this good before folks. If you want a real visual treat, go straight to the "party scene" near the end of the film... my jaw was literally open for about 10 straight minutes because it looks THAT GOOD on my calibrated television.
So, why did I ding this a star? I don't feel that the audio track got quite the same treatment. While it is evident that some work was done to clean up hiss and improve the audio fidelity, the audio in general sounds flat for a release of this caliber. I would have really liked it, if in addition to the original 2-channel mix, they treated us to a new multi-channel mix to fully exercise our surround sound systems. I think that this film in particular would have benefited here.
All in all though, it's almost impossible to find any fault... this is an absolute MUST HAVE if you are a Hitchcock fan, a Grace Kelly or Cary Grant fan, or if you simply want some amazing reference material to use to show off the picture quality of your TV or projector.
In the French Riviera, near Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea, some burglaries have disrupted this otherwise sleepy locale. The targets are jewels owned by French aristocrats and/or wealthy bourgeoisie in expensive houses. Nearby is a former jewel-heister residing in the same vicinity, John Robie, nicknamed the "Cat", played with subtle confidence by Cary Grant. The authorities are convinced the Cat has returned and is wreaking havoc on the community, but Robie insists he's not the one causing millionaire wives to sob at the loss of their priceless jewels. Robie realizes he will have to catch the burglar himself otherwise he'll probably be put on trial for the thefts.
Two Americans, Jesse Stevens and her daughter Frances (Grace Kelly), not only reside in the French Riviera but they also boast owning expensive jewelry. The Cat decides to solicit their help by pretending he's an American businessman who has taken a cursory interest in the thefts. However, Frances has heard of "the Cat" and the burglars, and she begins to suspect not only that he is the Cat but also he's responsible for the current thefts. Grant must play a game of "cat and mouse" in which he uses the Stevens as bait to catch the real thief and all the while staying out of police custody. We as the audience begin wondering who is the real thief and will he be easily apprehended, or have we been playing the fool in believing Grant?
A wonderful film, purely for entertainment value and not to be taken too seriously. The film was shot on location near Monte Carlo, especially on the narrow streets of the French Riviera. Legend has it that the Crown Prince of Monaco saw the cast shooting the film, spotted Kelly, and introduced himself. Shortly thereafter, they engaged in a media-driven romance ending with their marriage. In a tragic twist, Kelly, while driving on those same roads shot in "To Catch a Thief", lost control of her car which plummeted down the steep slopes, causing her death in 1982. Kelly was a real princess, both on and off screen, and hers was one of the most-publicized tragedies of a member of European royalty since before the death of Princess Diana only 16 years later. Interestingly, both princesses died in auto accidents.
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