- Actors: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson
- Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
- Writers: Frederick Knott
- Producers: Alfred Hitchcock
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: June 18, 1996
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (549 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304039530
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Dial M for Murder [VHS]
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This is a classic of suspense from director Alfred Hitchcock, based upon a very successful stage play. All the actors - Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams - all give fine performances, but Milland's as Tony Wendice is a standout. You're instantly won over by his conniving charm, and I admit to following his plan with a tiny bit of satisfaction. He's never over-the-top, remaining perfectly cool and collected even when things go awry. Hitchcock's directorial style also keeps the viewer confined to the apartment, only venturing outside very infrequently. As with the play, much of the action takes place in that small space, and Hitchcock uses it to his advantage with intricate staging and camera angles.
The DVD is wonderfully clear with sharp sound as well. The two featurettes are equally worth watching, especially the one on 3D. I never knew that the film was originally shot as a 3D feature, and this goes into some detail about how Hitchcock set up many of the shots without relying too much on the effects. Even as a flat screen movie, the film works perfectly. This movie is a genuine pleasure to watch and should be part of any movie buff's collection.
I was a little disappointed in the overall quality of the picture, but for a 60 year old film, I can live with the graininess and lack of sharpness. Overall, the picture quality was acceptable. Nowhere near today's standards, but again, this film is 60 years old.
I had never seen this film before, so was eagerly awaiting it's release, to see it in 3D. The story itself was gripping, in the usual Hitchcock fashion, and supenseful to the end. I was a bit surprised at the story line, as I was confusing this with one of my favorite Barbara Stanwyck films - "Sorry, Wrong Number". I was expecting the plot to be along the lines of that movie. However, the story line was quite enjoyable.
I don't know why so many people complained about ghosting in the 3D version of the film. I have two 3D TV's - a 32" Visio passive (polarized) LCD, and a 42" Panasonic Plasma Active Shutter TV.
I have to say that the film looked much better on the polarized screen. There was really not much ghosting at all, even in the beginning credits which were somewhat out of the screen. On the active shutter plasma, ghosting was much more evident, very much so during the opening credits, and at various points in the film, especially during dark scenes. While it was noticable, it certainly was not to the point of being annoying. But again, I repeat, this film looks much better on a polarized screen, whcih is the way it was originally shown.
As for 3D effect, it was simply brilliant. Those that complain about the film being rather flat do not know the correct usage of 3D. This film uses 3D in a very natural way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've seen this classic movie so many times that I really wanted my own copy -- so glad it was available!Published 1 day ago by rater
This is a great movie that I will enjoy in the years to come. It's great watching it in Blu-ray, and I look forward to watching it in 3D in the future.Published 2 days ago by BlackRain4
Alfred Hitchcock was truly a master at making suspense/mystery movies and he did an excellent job on this one too. Grace Kelly is superb as the unsuspecting wife. Read morePublished 11 days ago by R. E. Jackson
Hitchcock--Brilliant. I love how he appears in his movies as a cameo or in a photo on the wall. It's like playing Where's Waldo.Published 22 days ago by Karen Zaccaria
While Hitchcock tends to dismiss DIAL M as a lesser effort it is actually an excellent example of what he could do in a confined space. Read morePublished 27 days ago by E. Hunter Hale
An excellent classic Hitchcock thriller with LOADS of very unexpected twists and turns. Splendid actors all. Watch for Hitchcock's funny trademark cameo appearance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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