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Warner's DVD release of Hitchcock's classic is as impressive as they come. For a picture that's a half-century old, Strangers on a Train cleans up good. There is very little sign of wear and tear, and the somber black-and-white footage has a lush, satin tone to it. The sound is also effective, in spite of its monaural presentation. While these are worthy reasons to own this DVD, the real bonus is on the flip side -- a recently unearthed British print of the film. This version contains two extra minutes that ...
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Warner's DVD release of Hitchcock's classic is as impressive as they come. For a picture that's a half-century old, Strangers on a Train cleans up good. There is very little sign of wear and tear, and the somber black-and-white footage has a lush, satin tone to it. The sound is also effective, in spite of its monaural presentation. While these are worthy reasons to own this DVD, the real bonus is on the flip side -- a recently unearthed British print of the film. This version contains two extra minutes that heighten the tension between tennis pro Guy Haines and affable wacko Bruno Antony. Also included is an extended ending that was excised from the American release. Other extras include a silent promotion film starring Hitchcock, an essay on the film's production, and a collection of Hitchcock trailers, including one for Strangers on a Train. This disc is a welcome addition to any film buff's library, and the British print makes it a must-own for the serious Hitchcock collector.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Languages: English and Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
From the opening shots of two pairs of shoes walking, two train tracks crisscrossing, and those shoes accidentally bumping toes, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951) explores one of his signature concerns: the coexistence of good and evil in one person. In a story adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel and structured through a series of doublings, Robert Walker's Bruno becomes the flamboyant homicidal id to Farley Granger's stiff arriviste Guy, obliging Guy's desire to eliminate his wife and expecting Guy to return the favor with Bruno's father. After the murder, dreamily reflected in a pair of eyeglasses, Bruno haunts Guy, menacingly popping into Guy's life in Washington and on the tennis court. Yet, with Walker's charisma and Granger's weakness, Bruno is the more charming figure, revealing the appeal of moral chaos even as that chaos must be punished. Hitchcock's persistent pairs -- shoes, train tracks, crossed tennis racquets on Guy's lighter, two fateful carnival trips, two bespectacled women -- point to the ineffable connection between Bruno and Guy, and the (literally) dark psychosis that lurks beneath everyone's bright, well-ordered surface. A popular success, Strangers on a Train was Hitchcock's return to form after several failures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1997
  • UPC: 085391532422
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Farley Granger Guy Haines
Robert Walker Bruno Anthony
Ruth Roman Ann Morton
Leo G. Carroll Senator Morton
Patricia Hitchcock Barbara Morton
Laura Elliot Miriam Haines
Marion Lorne Mrs. Anthony
Jonathan Hale Mr. Anthony
Howard St. John Capt. Turley
John Brown Prof. Collins
Norma Varden Mrs. Cunningham
Robert Gist Hennessey
John Doucette Hammond
Joel Allen Policeman
Murray Alper Boatman
Monya Andre Dowager
John Butler Blind Man
Leonard Carey Butler
Edward Clark Mr. Hargreaves
Roy Engel Policeman
Tommy Farrell Miriam's Boyfriend
Sam Flint Man
Edward Hearn Sgt. Campbell
Al Hill "Ring the Gong" Concessionaire
Harry Hines Man Under Merry-Go-Round
Alfred Hitchcock Man Boarding Train with Bass Fiddle
Mary Alan Hokanson Secretary
Edna Holland Mrs. Joyce
J. Louis Johnson Butler
Louis Lettieri Boy
Charles Meredith Judge Dolan
Ralph Moody Seedy Man
Rolland Morris Miriam's Boy Friend
Odette Myrtil Mme. Darville
Minna Phillips Dowager
Georges Renavent Monsieur Darville
Dick Ryan Minister
Janet Stewart Girl
Shirley Tegge Girl
Laura Treadwell Mrs. Anderson
Joe Warfield Seedy Man
Dick Wessel Bill
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director, Producer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Raymond Chandler Screenwriter
Whitfield Cook Screenwriter
Edward S. Haworth Art Director
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Czenzi Ormonde Screenwriter
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolph Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
William H. Ziegler Editor
Patricia Highsmith Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Hollywood Version
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Credits: Duet For Two Feet [2:24]
2. Strangers Meet [3:30]
3. Everything Before You Die [2:04]
4. Crisscross [2:28]
5. Man With A Bass Fiddle [:26]
6. A Family Quarrel [4:24]
7. Another Family At Odds [3:22]
8. Eyes On Miriam [5:14]
9. The Tunnel Of Love [2:23]
10. Murder Reflected [2:18]
11. Collins' Serenade [1:00]
12. Midnight Meeting [4:40]
13. What People Think And Say [5:37]
14. A Faulty Memory [4:34]
15. Just Some Tennis Fan [3:08]
16. The Tennis Club [3:19]
17. Sen. Morton's Party [3:07]
18. By The Throat [3:57]
19. He Was Strangling Me [2:42]
20. "How Did You Get Him To Do It?" [2:48]
21. Bruno's House [3:38]
22. Walking Out On A Very Clever Fellow [3:57]
23. Deaf Ears At The Anthony Manse [3:08]
24. The Tennis Match Begins [4:09]
25. Bruno Bound For Metcalf [3:30]
26. Down The Drain [3:45]
27. Guy Bound For Metcalf [2:38]
28. Return To The Carnival [2:56]
29. Familiar Faces [2:07]
30. Out Of Control [2:00]
31. Crash Landing [2:12]
32. Farewell To A Very Clever Fellow [1:59]
33. "I Beg Your Pardon"/Silly In His Tennis Clothes [1:05]
Side #2 -- British Version
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Credits: Duet For Two Feet [2:24]
2. Strangers Meet [3:30]
3. Everything Before You Die [2:04]
4. Crisscross [2:28]
5. Man With A Bass Fiddle [:26]
6. A Family Quarrel [4:24]
7. Another Family At Odds [3:22]
8. Eyes On Miriam [5:14]
9. The Tunnel Of Love [2:23]
10. Murder Reflected [2:18]
11. Collins' Serenade [1:00]
12. Midnight Meeting [4:40]
13. What People Think And Say [5:37]
14. A Faulty Memory [4:34]
15. Just Some Tennis Fan [3:08]
16. The Tennis Club [3:19]
17. Sen. Morton's Party [3:07]
18. By The Throat [3:57]
19. "He Was Strangling Me" [2:42]
20. "How Did You Get Him To Do It?" [2:48]
21. Bruno's House [3:38]
22. Walking Out On A Very Clever Fellow [3:57]
23. Deaf Ears At The Anthony Manse [3:08]
24. The Tennis Match Begins [4:09]
25. Bruno Bound For Metcalf [3:30]
26. Down The Drain [3:45]
27. Guy Bound For Metcalf [2:38]
28. Return To The Carnival [2:56]
29. Familiar Faces [2:07]
30. Out Of Control [2:00]
31. Crash Landing [2:12]
32. Farewell To A Very Clever Fellow [1:59]
33. "I Beg Your Pardon"/Silly In His Tennis Clothes [1:05]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Hollywood Version
   Cast
      Farley Granger
      Ruth Roman
      Robert Walker
      Leo G. Carroll
      Alfred Hitchcock
   Production Notes
      Behind The Scenes
      Casting Decisions
      Alternate Endings
   Newsreel/Trailer Gallery
      Foreign Correspondent (1940)
      Strangers On A Train (1951)
      I Confess (1953)
      Dial"M" For Murder (1954)
      North By Northwest (1959)
      Alfred Hitchcock's "Historical" Meeting Newsreel
         Alfred Hitchcock Meets "Betsy Ross" And "Thomas Jefferson" At A Washington DC Train Stop To Promote "Strangers On A Train"
   Film Flash
   Languages
   Subtitles
Side #2 -- British Version
   Cast
      Farley Granger
      Ruth Roman
      Robert Walker
      Leo G. Carroll
      Alfred Hitchcock
   Production Notes
      Behind The Scenes
      Casting Decisions
      Alternate Endings
   Newsreel/Trailer Gallery
      Foreign Correspondent (1940)
      Strangers On A Train (1951)
      I Confess (1953)
      Dial "M" For Murder (1954)
      North By Northwest (1959)
      Alfred Hitchcock's "Historical" Meeting Newsreel
         Alfred Hitchcock Meets "Betsy Ross" And "Thomas Jefferson" At A Washington DC Train Stop To Promote "Strangers On A Train"
   Film Flash
   Languages
   Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Awesome Film

    This movies is one of the four Hitchcock movies with on screen murders. It is stranger how he does it too. I can't explain because I do not want to ruin the movie, but it is hidden. He also uses his wrong man theme is this movie that shows up so often. It is again another ultra-realist film, a melodrama. An insane person can propose a deal such as Bruno's to anyone and drive them crazy. This movie is undeniably one of Hitchcock's best. The elements of film that he uses are incredible. Many people say that his later films were his more influencial, but it is in this film that you can see the beginning of Hitchcock's development into them.

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