Charade

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Overview

Often cited as the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made, Stanley Donen's stylish and humorous thriller Charade arrives on DVD in fine form courtesy of The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and sharp -- offering bright, vivid colors, solid blacks, and even skin tones. The only minor complaint that could be made regarding the transfer is that it is shows minor evidence of edge enhancement in certain scenes. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono and rings...
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Overview

Often cited as the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made, Stanley Donen's stylish and humorous thriller Charade arrives on DVD in fine form courtesy of The Criterion Collection. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and sharp -- offering bright, vivid colors, solid blacks, and even skin tones. The only minor complaint that could be made regarding the transfer is that it is shows minor evidence of edge enhancement in certain scenes. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono and rings through very clear without any notable hiss or distortion. Though not brimming with extra features, this disc does offer some insightful bonus material that will appeal to both longtime fans of the film and those new to the work of Stanley Donen. A commentary track featuring Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone in particular is both an amusing and insightful listen, with the couple bickering at times like an old married couple with great affection for one another despite the occasional conflicting memory. There is no shortage of entertainment value to Donen and Stone's lively discussion, which addresses everything from the weight of the Cuban Missile Crisis on the lighter-than-air party scene to the film being placed in turnaround to their careful handling of minor crises and Cary Grant's indestructible hair. An introduction to the selected filmography on the disc is penned by Stephen M. Silverman (taken from his book Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and His Movies) and offers a loving overview of Donen's films. The selected filmography is not, as on many discs, simply a list of films, but instead offers detailed descriptions of Donen's most beloved cinematic endeavors accompanied by a generous amount of film stills, posters, and other assorted images. Though Peter Stone's filmography isn't presented with quite the same reverence, it does offer a good overview in addition to a pair of black-and-white stills from Charade. A quirky full-frame trailer rounds things out nicely by offering a colorful and exciting preview of the comedic mystery.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Audio commentary: A conversation with director Stanley Donen and screenwriter Peter Stone; The Films of Stanley Donen: A selected filmography, with an introduction by Donen biographer Stephen M. Silverman; Peter Stone's career highlights; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • UPC: 037429194928
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,834

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik
Audrey Hepburn Regina Lampert
Walter Matthau Hamilton Bartholomew
James Coburn Tex Penthollow
Ned Glass Leopold Gideon
George Kennedy Herman Scobie
Jacques Marin Inspector Edouard Grandpierre
Paul Bonifas Felix
Dominique Minot Sylvie Gaudet
Thomas Chelimsky Jean-Louis Gaudet
Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director, Producer
Jim Clark Editor
Jean D'Eaubonne Art Director
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Peter Stone Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [3:20]
2. French Traditional [3:56]
3. Instant Divorce [8:16]
4. The Funeral Home [3:33]
5. Mr. Bartholomew [6:22]
6. Fun and Games [6:38]
7. "I Sprained My Pride" [3:40]
8. The Three Marx Brothers [6:16]
9. "Women Make the Best Spies" [6:23]
10. American Express [4:54]
11. Up on the Roof [3:57]
12. "A Truthful Whitefoot" [4:28]
13. Treasure Hunt [7:45]
14. Drip Dry [5:32]
15. To Catch a Thief [5:03]
16. Going Down [5:54]
17. "Stealing Stolen Money" [4:39]
18. The Envelope Please [4:43]
19. The Subway Chase [5:07]
20. "That Man Is Carson Dyle" [5:23]
21. The Game Is Over [4:31]
22. Mr. Cruikshank [2:56]
1. A Real Train [3:20]
2. The Original Screenplay [3:56]
3. "Nothing Shall Be Said" [8:16]
4. The Cast Arrives [3:33]
5. A Young Mattau [6:22]
6. The Guignol [6:38]
7. The Horror Scale [3:40]
8. Cary's Stunt Double [6:16]
9. "I Cannot Chase This Girl" [6:23]
10. Black Comedy [4:54]
11. Built to Scale [3:57]
12. "A Horrifying Moment" [4:28]
13. "A Very Funny Story" [7:45]
14. "Assassinated" [5:32]
15. Theme Songs [5:03]
16. A Controversy [5:54]
17. Legal Requirements [4:39]
18. Writing Mysteries [4:43]
19. First Class [5:07]
20. Glamour [5:23]
21. A Total Fake [4:31]
22. "My Best Clothing Line" [2:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapter Index
   Commentary
      Commentary: Off
      Commentary: On
      Index
   The Films of Stanley Donen
   Peter Stone Career Highlights
   Theatrical Trailer
   Color Bars
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Charade

    One of my very favorite Cary Grant movies, as much for the scenery and background visuals as for the story. Filled with mystery and intrigue, this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat and often surprised by the turn of events. Frightening at some points, humorous in other scenes. Entertaining and holds your interest. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are a great team. Terrific movie and one I like to watch again and again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great thriller

    Everyone loves Cary Grant, but who knew Walter Matthau could be so evil?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!

    I enjoy older movies and Charade is one of my favorites. It is my second favorite Cary Grant movie and my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie. This movie is very good and very thrilling. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are both outstanding and had great chemistry. It's a shame they didn't make more movies together. Not only are they superb but so is the rest of the cast, especially Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. There is a remake of this movie called The Truth About Charlie and it is not not very good. I would highly recommed that people watch this original version and skip the remake.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good

    I watched it two days ago- and I'm twelve, so I may not understand some things, but I thought it was very enjoyable. I've always liked Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, and it was nice seeing them work together in this very nice film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    my favorite movie; stands the test of time; appropriate for youn

    my favorite movie; stands the test of time; appropriate for young teens and up;
    scary thriller, yet fun and funny; remember it when I was young - my kids still enjoyed all of the twists and turns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Unforgettable Classic Mystery Comedy

    Excellent image and sound on this wonderful classic
    Grant-Hepburn-Done collaboration. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this movie!

    I don't usually enjoy older movies, but I have to make exceptions for Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, and when it's both of them, the movies are superb, and this one is no exception. It's hilarious! I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie

    Though I may have only been 15 when i first saw this movie, i am still enjoying it 3 years later. This movie has the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and action. More people need to see this.

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