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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains


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No matter how many DVD editions of this timeless Alfred Hitchcock classic are released in the future, this version by the Criterion Collection will be the one to beat. This edition even improves on the already decent video and audio transfers found on the previous Anchor Bay release. Both are much sharper with this edition and the new print is just beautiful, though… See more details below

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No matter how many DVD editions of this timeless Alfred Hitchcock classic are released in the future, this version by the Criterion Collection will be the one to beat. This edition even improves on the already decent video and audio transfers found on the previous Anchor Bay release. Both are much sharper with this edition and the new print is just beautiful, though viewers should keep in mind that the Criterion transfer displays a fair amount of grain. Don't worry -- it was actually quite normal for film stocks at the time to display grain during darkly lit scenes. Likewise, the film is presented in its original full-screen aspect ratio while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is probably superior to the one used in the theatrical release. The disc also features a bonanza of extras, starting with a surprisingly well- done one-hour radio broadcast version of the movie with Joseph Cotten replacing Cary Grant as the male lead. There are also two audio commentary tracks, one with film scholar Marian Keane discussing the artistic elements of the movie shot-by-shot and one with Rudy Behlmer discussing cast and crew and all aspects of the movie's history. Additionally, there are a plethora of short extras detailing everything from dozens of production stills to a segment explaining how many shots used in the picture contained rear projections. There are even excerpts from the script detailing alternate endings and wonderful newsreel footage featuring star Ingrid Bergman. Many of these extras are well worth revisiting again and again but it would've been great to have had a "making of" documentary featuring surviving participants of the movie on the order of the ones that Universal has assembled for its excellent series of Hitchcock DVD reissues. This small quibble aside, the Criterion Collection has released a wonderful package that will more than satisfy Hitchcock buffs and film historians.

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One of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, Notorious features the director at his devilishly elegant, self-assured best. A visual masterpiece, it plays like a seamlessly assembled jigsaw puzzle, in which each piece fits together with clean precision. The film's smooth veneer largely creates its visceral impact; lurking beneath the gloss are dealings of the most grotesque sort, their execution made all the more insidious by their sophisticated guise. Aside from containing one of Hitchcock's most famous MacGuffins, the uranium ore, Notorious boasts some of his most famous camerawork, most notably the gorgeous tracking shot during Sebastian's party that takes the viewer from the top of a staircase to Alicia's hand, clenched around the key that will lead her to the uranium ore. The camera moves with the quiet intimacy of an unobserved party guest, almost serpentine in its journey. Similarly ingenious is Hitchcock's use of point-of-view shots, particularly that of Alicia's waking up with a hangover and watching Devlin walk toward her as the camera spins 180 degrees. Seeing through Alicia's eyes, the audience sympathizes with her, making the character one of Hitchcock's most full-blooded and enduring heroines. It goes without saying that the success of Alicia's characterization is in no small part due to Ingrid Bergman's performance; tragic, lovelorn, and marked by logical cynicism, her portrayal of Alicia was one of the best of Bergman's career. She was ably supported by Cary Grant and Claude Rains, the former going against his likeable, effortlessly charismatic persona to play an initially charmless man with morals as questionable as the heroine's are supposed to be. Rains, paired with Bergman again after Casablanca, makes Sebastian into one of the film's more sympathetic characters; it is a mark of Rains' ability that when Sebastian turns to climb the stairs in the film's closing scene, we feel real terror for him. That Sebastian's fate is the result of both his own manipulations of others and his heart's manipulations of himself is at the center of the film's true MacGuffin: masquerading as a Cold War thriller, Notorious is one of the screen's classic black romances.

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Special Features

New digital transfer with film and sound restoration, in an RSDL dual layer edition; audio commentary by Hitchcock film scholar Marian Keane, film historian Rudy Behlmer; complete broadcast of the 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, starring Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman; gallery of rare production, publicity, rear projection photos, and promotional posters and lobby cards; production correspondence; collection of trailers and teasers; excerpts from the short story "The Song of the Dragon," the source for Notorious; rare newsreel footage of Bergman and Hitchcock; isolated music and effects track; liner notes by Hitchcock scholar William Rothman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant T.R. Devlin
Ingrid Bergman Alicia Huberman
Claude Rains Alexander Sebastian
Louis Calhern Paul Prescott
Leopoldine Konstantin Madame Sebastian
Moroni Olsen Walter Beardsley
Reinhold Schünzel Dr. Anderson
Ivan Triesault Eric Mathis
Alexis Minotis Joseph
Wally Brown Mr. Hopkins
Charles Mendl Commodore
Ricardo Costa Dr. Barbosa
Eberhard Krumschmidt Hupka
Fay Baker Ethel
Paul Bryar Actor
Alfredo De Sa Ribero
Harry Hayden Defense Counsel
Francis McDonald Man
Sandra Morgan Actor
John Vosper Actor
Frank Wilcox FBI Man
Herbert Wyndham Mr. Cook
Beulah Christian Actor
Gavin Gordon Ernest Weylin
Eddie Bruce Reporter
Richard Clark Man
Tom Coleman Court Stenographer
Lester Dorr Motorcycle Police
Ben Erway Reporter
Warren Jackson District Attorney
James Logan Reporter
Frank Marlowe Photographer
Howard Negley Photographer
Fred Nurney Huberman
Dink Trout Clerk at Court
Emmett Vogan Reporter
Alan Ward Reporter
Charles D. Brown Judge
Aileen Carlyle Woman at Party
Antonio Moreno Senor Ortiza
Bea Benaderet Clerk
Garry Owen Motorcycle Police
George Lynn Photographer
Leota Lorraine Woman
Lillian West Woman
Tina Menard Maid
Virginia Gregg Clerk
Peter Von Zerneck Rossner
Donald Kerr Reporter
Frederick Ledebur Knerr
Howard Mitchell Bailiff
Almeda Fowler Woman

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Original Story,Producer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
William Dorfman Asst. Director
Paul Eagler Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Kellum Sound/Sound Designer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
John E. Tribby Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Theron Warth Editor
Roy Webb Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. 3:20 pm, April 24, 1946 [3:01]
2. Marked Woman [1:38]
3. Love Song [2:27]
4. Drunken Driving [3:34]
5. Daughter of a Traitor [5:45]
6. "A Curious Feeling" [2:19]
7. Daydreams [2:54]
8. "A Very Strange Love Affair" [4:22]
9. Not That Type of Woman [1:43]
10. Mata Hari [5:26]
11. Sebastian [5:32]
12. Undercover [5:14]
13. Emil's Dessert [2:26]
14. Win. Place. Show. [4:29]
15. "First, Last, and Always Not a Lady" [4:13]
16. Behind Closed Doors [4:13]
17. Unica [3:07]
18. The Party [5:06]
19. Wine Cellar [4:40]
20. Suspicion [4:46]
21. "Married to an American Agent" [3:02]
22. Alicia's Weakness [5:14]
23. House Arrest [5:11]
24. A Social Call [7:20]
25. "No Room, Sebastian" [4:03]
26. Color Bars [:20]
1. Self-Referential [3:01]
2. Figure of Mystery [1:38]
3. Romantic Dreams/Battle for Control [2:27]
4. Contest/Masks [3:34]
5. Topsy-Turvy [5:45]
6. Tied Together [2:19]
7. Faith Withheld [2:54]
8. Surrogate Screenplay/Complicated Love Story [4:22]
9. Misogyny and Emasculation [1:43]
10. World of Domesticity/Fantasy Dispelled [5:26]
11. Play-Acting/An Object of Men [5:32]
12. Jealousy/Perfect for the Part [5:14]
13. Deciding Fates [2:26]
14. False Fronts/Nature of Viewing [4:29]
15. Not a Perfect Marriage [4:13]
16. Mother and Son [4:13]
17. An Answer for Everything/Betrayal [3:07]
18. The Camera's Capacity [5:06]
19. Dead Stares/Secrets Unveiled [4:40]
20. Sealed Fate [4:46]
21. Entirely Exposed [3:02]
22. Chronicle of Demise [5:14]
23. Laced With Duplicity [5:11]
24. The Talking Cure [7:20]
25. Freedom [4:03]
26. Color Bars [:20]
1. Introduction [3:01]
2. Production Code Controversy [1:38]
3. Dead Men... and Edith Head [2:27]
4. Bergman Fervor [3:34]
5. "The Song of the Dragon" [5:45]
6. Script Development [2:19]
7. The Selznick Connection [2:54]
8. "Away From the Cliché" [4:22]
9. Popular Appeal [1:43]
10. A Devotee of Film [5:26]
11. Casting a Key Role [5:32]
12. Hitchcockian Point of View [5:14]
13. Actors Are Children [2:26]
14. Cary Grant [4:29]
15. Love vs. Duty [4:13]
16. Blending Genres [4:13]
17. Orchestrating Suspense [3:07]
18. A Key Moment [5:06]
19. The Impact of Editing [4:40]
20. Hitch's Music [4:46]
21. A Charming Villain [3:02]
22. MacGuffin [5:14]
23. Complete Breakdown [5:11]
24. Alternate Endings [7:20]
25. "The Satisfying Ending" [4:03]
26. Color Bars [:20]
1. Introduction by William Keighly [2:12]
2. Patriotism [6:51]
3. Mata Hari for Uncle Sam [6:03]
4. Fast Work on Sebastian [8:24]
5. Intermission 1; Hollywood Report [2:06]
6. Mother [4:08]
7. Lively Party With Curious Vintage [5:06]
8. "Married to an American Agent" [2:40]
9. Intermission 2; Jacqueline White [2:39]
10. Turning Tides [11:31]
11. Curtain Call [8:06]

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