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Marilyn Monroe is featured in a rare bad-girl role in the thriller Niagara. Fox's work on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer (its original aspect ratio) is very nice. A few blemishes show up momentarily, though overall, the black-and-white color scheme appears very natural and crisp. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and is mediocre at best. While most of the soundtrack is generally clear of distortion or hiss, the mix sounds very flat and ultimately uninspired. Also included on this disc are ...
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Marilyn Monroe is featured in a rare bad-girl role in the thriller Niagara. Fox's work on this 1.33:1 full-frame transfer (its original aspect ratio) is very nice. A few blemishes show up momentarily, though overall, the black-and-white color scheme appears very natural and crisp. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and is mediocre at best. While most of the soundtrack is generally clear of distortion or hiss, the mix sounds very flat and ultimately uninspired. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles, as well as Dolby 2.0 Mono tracks in English and French. The extra features available on Niagara are fairly slim -- the only supplements to be found here include a slim still gallery of Monroe photos, five theatrical trailers, and a "Restoration Comparison" between the original negative and the final DVD transfer.
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Special Features

Restoration comparison; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Full-screen format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English Stereo, English Mono, French Mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Launched with a memorable ad campaign featuring water cascading over Marilyn Monroe's curvaceous body, Niagara helped to cement Monroe's status as a box office draw. It also afforded her the chance to play a change-of-pace part. While the character still uses sexuality in an overt manner, she's no dumb blonde. Conniving and cold-blooded, the role calls for Monroe to sacrifice her famous vulnerability, using it only to manipulate the others around her rather than the audience, and she comes through in spades. While her performance lacks a great deal of variety, that's essentially due to flaws in the script and character. Joseph Cotten turns in another of his intense, dark and disturbed portrayals, and while he too is hampered by the script, it's an effective performance. The lack of dimension in the characters is regrettable but not overly damaging, as director Henry Hathaway keeps the tension high, even during some moments when the credibility of the situation is in question. Most memorable are the stalking sequence in the clock tower and the finale, both of which are exciting and very well handled. Most importantly, the film makes great use of the falls themselves, both in a "travelogue" sense and in terms of using the location to create and maintain atmosphere. Too flawed to be the kind of Hitchcockian thriller it aspires to be, Niagara nevertheless provides solid chills and entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 024543261056
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Mono / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Rose Loomis
Joseph Cotten George Loomis
Jean Peters Polly Cutler
Casey Adams Ray Cutler
Denis O'Dea Inspector Sharkey
Richard Allan Patrick
Don Wilson Mr. Kettering
Lurene Tuttle Mrs. Kettering
Russell Collins Mr. Qua
Will Wright Boatman
Lester Matthews Doctor
Carleton Young Policeman
Sean McClory Sam
Minerva Urecal Landlady
Nina Varela Wife
Tom Reynolds Husband
Neil Fitzgerald Customs Officer
Norman McKay Morris
George Ives Carillon Tower Guide
Pat O'Moore Detective
Gene Wesson Guide
Arch Johnson Taxi Driver
Harry Carey Jr. Taxi Driver
Henry Beckman Motorcycle Cop
Willard Sage Motorcycle Cop
Bill Foster Young Man
Robert Ellis Young Man
Gloria Gordon Dancer
Marjorie Rambeau Bit
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Charles Brackett Producer, Screenwriter
Richard L. Breen Screenwriter
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Haven Gillespie Songwriter
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Barbara McLean Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Gerd Oswald Asst. Director
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Walter Reisch Screenwriter
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Five in the Morning
3. Mr. & Mrs. Cutler
4. A Problem With Cabin B
5. A Tour of the Falls
6. A Secret in the Mist
7. Rose's Song
8. Open Wounds
9. A Date
10. George's Jealousy
11. Following Rose
12. Worried About George
13. The Body
14. Trouble in Cabin B
15. Who Killed Who?
16. That Song...
17. Where's Mrs. Loomis?
18. Woman on the Run
19. Death in the Tower
20. Looking for Loomis
21. Polly's Peril
22. Into the Drift
23. Brink of Disaster
24. An Answered Prayer
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Lanugage Selection
      English Stereo
      English Mono
      French Mono
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Let's Make Love
      Don't Bother to Knock
      Monkey Business
      River of No Return
      Diamond Collection Trailer
      Restoration Comparison
      Still Gallery
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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    NIAGARA Blu-ray: Great Suspense and Beautiful Cinematography

    NIAGARA was NOT directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but at times it feels like it was. It has that kind of edge-of-your-seat suspense. With the rich color restoration that went into making the blu-ray, the film at other times becomes a glorious travelogue of spectacular Niagara Falls, itself. It's worth buying this disc for that reason alone. And lastly there is the cast: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotton, Jean Peters. They all do a creditable job. For Monroe this was a breakout role. Her name was first in the billing for this smash box office hit. Bigger hits would follow in very short order, hits like GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.

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