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Notorious (The Criterion Collection)
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The film-to-DVD transfer is quite good. There are a couple of jumps and pops in the master print that are a bit jarring, but overall it's a crisp and clean presentation with great contrast. Although the package doesn't mention it, the DVD does offer chapter search/scene selection which is always a nice perk. There aren't any of the bonus features that we spoiled DVD collectors are coming to expect (trailers, biographical sketches, etc.), but it's still a more than acceptable edition of a truly classic film.
Regarding audio, it is no contest. Criterion's mono 1.0 sound has MUCH greater clarity, depth, details, volume than Anchor Bay's comparatively muted and muffled soundtrack. In addition, the Criterion disc also includes optional English subtitles while Anchor Bay's does not.
The Criterion DVD retains all of the supplementary material from their own CAV laserdisc version from 1991, and it adds some more...
There are two excellent audio commentary tracks. One is by Marian Keane, and it deals straight with the artistic aspects of the film by providing scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot dissertations. Commentaries like this are rare, and it is most beneficial to average viewers who want to learn more about the purposes and intentions behind every shot, every cut, every line. For instance, in a seemingly ordinary shot of a grandfather clock inside the Sebastian home, Keene analyzes the composition by pointing out the phallic symbol of the clock that suggests Alex's presence, the adjacent banister that reminds us of his mother, and the flower at the window that suggests the vulnerability of Alicia.Read more ›
With that said, this review will focus on the technical aspects, both audio and video, of this Blu Ray presentation rather than the film content itself. If you are a casual viewer or someone who can not abide film grain, this transfer will most likely be less than satisfactory for your tastes and you could easily get by with the latest DVD version. I am, however, a MAJOR fan of Cary Grant and fully intend to purchase each and every title of his that becomes available on Blu Ray This review is for those of you who are OCD about the video/audio quality of B&W classics and need to know if it is worth spending again for this title. If this sounds like you, then read on!
The disc itself is housed in an appallingly cheap Eco-Case with equally appalling cover art. (I use the term "art" loosely here) The media is of good quality, not the cheap super thin discs that have been going around lately. The disc has color printing on it, the same as the case cover. The transfer uses the AVC codec with an average transfer rate of 38 MBPS on a 50 gig disc and presented in it's original full frame aspect ratio.
I read numerous online reviews regarding this transfer before purchasing, so I pretty much knew what I was getting myself into.Read more ›
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The worst bluray or dvd purchase in 17 years!
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No, it ain't Bogey. And maybe it ain't as stylish as Casablanca, but this is a great film, with Grant in a more serious spy role than the clueless ad man in North by Northwest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nd2kos
This is my all time favorite movie. That chemistry between Cary and Ingrid is nearly palpable on screen. The story of intrigue and romance are recipe for a great movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KAY HIGDON
The cinematography, framing, light and dark interplay, ruthlessness, intrigue, passion... it's got it all.
Humor? Read more
Maybe the plot isn't totally believable, but this movie is MAGIC! Ingrid Bergman should have won the Oscar for NOTORIOUS. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter Solari Photo
This is a wonderful film, a forgotten Hitchcock movie with a terrific cast -- Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joshua v Frost
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